Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Review: The Ariel Kimber series by Mary Martel

Reverse Harem Series
Ariel Kimber is a 17-year-old girl who, thanks to her mother, has had a life full of unpleasantness and abuse. And it’s about to get a whole lot worse. 
After her mother meets a man online, Ariel is forced to move to a different state, leaving all that she has ever known behind. Any teenager’s nightmare. But Ariel isn’t like most teenagers, she’s different, and she has literally nothing to leave behind. No friends, no nothing. They move next door to a house that remains empty all summer long until the day before the first day of school. A school where the other kids treat Ariel like garbage because of who her mother is and the fact that she’s different from them, save for a few – her neighbors. Tyson, his mysterious Uncle, Quinton, and twins, Abel and Addison. They quickly become her only friends, but Ariel soon finds out they are hiding things from her, keeping secrets from her. And she wants answers. Surprisingly, they give them to her. What do you do when you find out you’re not who you always thought you were and your whole world gets flipped upside down?
Ariel Kimber stumbles into a world she didn’t know existed, a world of magic and nothing is as it seems. Thankfully, she has the guys to guide her, to hold her hand along the way and she is going to need a whole lot of hand holding.
-This is a Reverse Harem series.
- There is adult langue and some mature content so be warned of that.
Review:
Wow
I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book but it was really really good! The depressing family trauma isn’t something I enjoy normally. But when you have hot guys like that next door and such a kind man taking care of you regardless of what you want, and I’m in. Loved Ariel and kind of digging Quinton even though he is the badass and has a skewed moral compass. Did not expect the ending but More that okay with it. Five glittery stars!
Ariel Kimber is a seventeen year old girl who has recently discovered she is no ordinary girl.
She's a witch and she's got magic.
Her world is turned upside down with this discovery and the recent death of a parent. 
She struggles to learn the way of the world of magic while mourning for her hideous mother and trying to find her place amongst her coven.
It's not easy being the only girl with seven guys and she works hard to get to know them all because they are her coven, whether she likes it or not.
This is the second book in a series. It's Reverse Harem and slow burn.
Contains subject matter that may cause triggers.
Review:
Another amazing Ariel book!
I loved this book more than the first one. Ariel is growing into herself and learning to be her own person. I also liked how the relationship between the guys and her shifted a bit so we got to know more of them.
I am beginning to like the panty thief lol. He’s bossy, but sexy too. And Dash. Yep, learning to love him too.
Lots of twists in this book and we’re starting to get answers to Ariel’s past. Things are much more complicated than I expected.
Five glittery stars for this one. Already craving the next book, Blood Magic. Will be keeping an eye out for the release date.
 
Blood Magic is book 3 in the Ariel Kimber Series.
Ariel Kimber isn’t your average seventeen-year-old girl. She’s recently discovered she’s a witch with magic and is looking to find her place in a brand-new world. Her place in this new world is in a coven with seven guys.
After all of the horrible things she’s been forced to endure, Ariel was looking forward to building her new life with the family she’s found herself a part of and focusing on healing with Dash after what Chucky did to the both of them. After the blood that had been spilled, they all struggle to put those memories and the incident behind them. It’s easier said than done, though.
Quinton is plagued with guilt and the rest of them struggle with the fact that they almost lost one of their brothers and Ariel is left with a permanent reminder of the incident.
New bonds are forged, and just as things are starting to settle down again for Ariel and her coven, the Council of Elders makes it’s first appearance in Ariel’s life. And they don’t plan on going anywhere any time soon.
Review:
Another Ariel book with her sexy harem!
This. I absolutely loved it! Uncle Quinton is bossy and demanding as ever. We get a lot of guy time with all of them and the author developed them and the relationships nicely. Five glittery stars. Another Ariel book with her sexy harem!
The Ties That Bind is book 4 in the Ariel Kimber Series. 
Ariel Kimber isn't like most seventeen year old girls. She's different because she's a witch with magic and it's rare for females to hold magic anymore. She's settling into her new place amongst her coven of guys while she's settling into her new home at the same time. 
The Council's appearance into their lives has put everyone on edge. With good reason. Ariel is forced to meet with one of them on a regular basis so that they can learn from each other. Really, though, they just want to get to the bottom of where Ariel came from and she is more than happy to comply with them. 
Because there is one thing she wants more than anything else in the world, and that's to find the man who has been searching for her for years. Her biological father. 
And Ariel is willing to go through any and every thing to find him. 
This is the fourth book in a slow burn Reverse Harem Series.
Review:
Fabulous Ariel Novel 
I really enjoyed this installment of the Ariel Kimber series. So much character development. Lots of new and old characters and plenty of plot twists! I’m looking forward to seeing Ariel get closer with the guys though. Can’t wait to read the next book. Five glittery stars!
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Friday, December 28, 2018

Series Review of The Talented Saga by Sophie Davis

The TALENTED SAGA, the #1 Bestselling Dystopian Romance series about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage...
With over Twelve Million pages read in Kindle Unlimited and Half a Million worldwide downloads, readers are raving about this #1 Bestselling Dystopian Romance: 
"X-Men meets Divergent in a new way." "Intoxicatingly good."
Block out thoughts. 
Talia Lyons has one goal at the McDonough School for the Talented: learn to use her Talent as a Mental Manipulator to kill the man who murdered her parents.
Block out pain. 
She'll deal with anything. The brutal physical demands. The emotional toll. Whatever it takes to reach her objective.
Block out friendship. 
With only one year left in the program, though, seventeen-year-old Talia is suddenly finding it harder than ever to ignore the rest of her life.
Block out love.
Even worse, she can't seem to turn off her psychic connection to her first love...or quit thinking about her fascinating new teammate.
Feel only vengeance.
Ian Crane. The man who destroyed Talia's life. The one she's determined to eradicate.
Now focus.
It's time to kill.
Review:
I will be the first to admit, I am not really a huge fan of dystopian style books. I actually won this book on a blog giveaway and thank goodness! It was flippin awesome!
The story had great character development. I loved Erik. His character was so flawed but clearly a bad boy with a soft spot for Talia. Henri added a great dynamic to the group and kept it from being too intense.
This is another book about a supernatural school, but it was done with little focus on school like activities and more about the missions the teams went on. The story kept me in suspense from mission to mission.
The first chunk of the story focused on explaining everything, but still kept me interested. Then once the author got into the meat of the story, I became glued. The book had its' hooks in me for sure. The last part of it brought the story together and was filled with action.
I was not thrilled by the epilogue, but something had to give, right? The story left a lot of loose ends and the epilogue was told by Donovan's P.O.V.
I guess that was the point, because I promptly went to Amazon and purchased book 2 (Caged) in the series. I can't wait to find out what happens to Talia and her friends in the next book!! Check Talented out, you will love it! I give this great YA dystopian read five glitter stars!!!
 
Who can Talia trust when everyone is lying?
When Agency Director McDonough asks Natalia Lyons to go undercover at the School for the Talented to ferret out a spy, she jumps at the opportunity. Talia throws herself into the assignment, quickly learning how far the Agency will go in the name of war. With Crane’s influence spreading, Talia learns that there are few Operatives without ties to the Coalition.
In fact, those closest to her are hiding the biggest secrets…
Review:
This was an amazing follow up to Talented. I already can't wait for the third book in the series! I was hooked from the beginning and read straight through. The characters were interesting and I loved the love triangle. The emotions felt realistic and the book was full of twists. I highly recommend this series to any YA dystopian/romance lovers out there:) Five Glittery Stars!
When the war begins, which side will she choose? 
Talia’s next mission finds her analyzing the children of the nation’s capital to identify those with powers. Though she knows the mandatory testing is controversial, Talia is stunned by the unrest in Washington D.C. during the annual Talented Aptitude Tests. With protests raging, a citywide curfew is imposed.
Then the Director assigns Talia and Erik to hunt down a child who didn’t report for testing. When she encounters a face from her past, Talia must confront her toughest decision yet. Following her heart will put Talia and those closest to her in mortal danger, but the consequences of doing nothing are inconceivable.
Together with Erik, Talia must pierce the veils of secrecy before someone decides she knows too much....
Review:
I love the Talented series!! Each one is new and exciting. Sophie Davis has done a great job creating the world for these books. Everything is so easy to imagine as if you were right there in the story.
The romance between Erik and Natalia is so sweet and only heats up in this book. I love how dedicated they are to each other even in the midst of danger. 
The story was action packed and full of tension that practically jumped of the pages. I was intrigued by all the twists and turns the plot took. There were so many things about Toxic that culminated at the end of this book. It left you with an insight to what was really happening in the war between Ian Crane and Toxic.
Sophie, I am so mad at you! How could you leave such a cliffhanger?? Now I will have to wait forever to find out what happens! You better be writing book four fast:) I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
I'm in love with this series! I'm not much into anything remotely dystopian or futuristic, but these books are amazing. Sophie Davis is a talented author and I can't wait for her future works. I'm so glad I was given a copy of this book for review.
This YA paranormal romance pulls out all the stops and pushes all the boundaries. I am giving this book five fantastic stars because I am in awe of the story that unfolds! I highly recommend this series.
The Agency stole everything: her world, her life, her future with the only person who remained true. Now Talia must fight to reclaim what’s hers…
When Talia runs away from the only life she’s ever known, she becomes the target of a ruthless manhunt. Those she once considered friends are suddenly bona fide enemies, unwavering in their pursuit. If the Agency can’t have her, they want Talia eliminated. 
As her abilities grow stronger by the day, Talia’s grip falters. While dodging Mac’s soldiers and fighting for control, she sets off on her most personal mission yet: rescuing the love of her life. But Talia has no idea that saving Erik will plunge the nation into chaos….
Review:
Fantastic!! I loved this book! Eric and Talia are just so cute together. The story was action packed but still full of enough romance. By the time I was finished with it I still wanted more. This book gets five glittery stars from me and I highly recommend this series!!!
"You are going to run. Get out of the city. Keep running. Don't stop until you're somewhere no one knows you. You are not safe. Do you understand?" Kenly Baker is alone. Her friends from the McDonough School for the Talented are scattered to the wind. Even Kenly's only living family member cannot hide the scared teenager. Because Kenly is one of the Created. For her, it's a fate worse than death. Trackers from UNITED, the international Talented organization, are hunting down, capturing and containing the Created. Kenly flees across the Atlantic Ocean, to the slums of London. There, she finds tentative acceptance among a group of outcasts. They've spent their entire lives dodging shadows, barely staying alive. Because there are adversaries in this new world who are far more terrifying than UNITED. And now their sights are set on Kenly.
Review:
I have to admit, EVERYTHING these girls write is awesome! Kenly's story was no exception. This was a fabulous tie-in to the talented series. I loved the addition of new characters to the Talented world. Then there was James. Le-sigh . . .(queue swoon) . . . what a fantastic love interest! The end of this book was the perfect way I could have even imagined it to possibly be. This is a must read in the Talented series. Five glittery stars because there aren't ten glittery stars allowed!
When Talia and Erik leave Washington after UNITED's attack on TOXIC, they have no idea that the war has just begun. The Talented are about to lose their citizenry, their status, their entire lives.
With the Creation drug wreaking havoc on Erik, the couple relocates to Eden - an island community of Talented refugees from around the globe. Though it's supposed to be paradise for the residents, where they can live without fear or containment, Eden turns out to be anything but.
Before the duo strikes out to save their brethren, they must first help an old ally who's proven to be an enemy in the past. But what consequences will they face for doing so? And what will happen when a ghost materializes with an ulterior agenda?
New alliances will form. Truths will be revealed. And the lives of all of the Talented will be forever changed.
It's go time.
*Markede is a novel between novels- the time between Created and Privileged from the voice that you know and love: Talia's
Review:
I love Erick and Talia! It was good to get the other end of the story from Book 5, Exiled. Five glittery stars! One of the best series I have read!
With a Talent like Mind Manipulation, Talia Lyons has always been able to talk her way out of any sticky situation. Not this time.
Talia’s impulsive nature has landed her on Vault, UNITED’s prison island in the Isle of Exile. But when a terrifying new group called the Privileged threatens everyone she loves, Talia cannot sit idly by.
Prison break, anyone? 
Review:
Another fabulous installment!
I was sad because I thought this was the last Talented book. After the end, I know there has to be another, so yay for that! The plotting was fantastic and I liked how they united some old friends while separating others. New characters were introduced also. I truly can't wait to see what happens next. This book was long and for me, that was great because I got to enjoy the Talented world just a little bit longer! Ten glittery stars!!!!
The Epic Conclusion to the Internationally Bestselling Dystopian Romance Series 
Talia and Erik thought defeating TOXIC was enough. They were very wrong. With enemies approaching from every direction, they're fighting for the existence of their species. 
Not everyone will survive....
Review:
That ending!!!!
Wow. I just don’t know what to say. This book left me speechless. This is one of those series I reviewed on a blog tour many years ago when Talented first released. I have been a faithful fan ever since. 
It was heartbreaking to see the talented family say goodbye for a final time. I would have loved to see a longer epilogue, but maybe the authors will be so kind one day and write a short novella about life after Fated for the characters. 
So, I don’t want to use spoilers, but I have to say, I cried at the end. Part of it was so unexpected and not in the great way. I understand that sometimes you have to sacrifice, but man, it was a hard loss. Any other possibility would have been better IMO.
Overall, an AMAZING final installment. I can’t recommend this series enough. Ten glittery stars for this book and the entire series!
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