Finch Merlin and the Djinn’s curse by Bella Forrest

This is the 12th book in the Harley Merlin series and the 3rd of Finch Merlin.

The lost city lies beyond a locked gateway. But the key is not what it seems…

Now a map-maker extraordinaire, Finch must find the place Erebus so desperately seeks—although the “how” and “why” remain unclear. And a certain vengeful Necromancer is bent on beating Erebus to the punch, and he’d be more than happy to make Finch collateral damage.

With his friends’ lives on the line, Finch will fall back on his old trickster ways to get his hands on the gateway’s key. In secret, he plans to uncover a loophole, a way to end his servitude for good. The answer might lie in Erebus’s past servants and their storied history with the djinn…

The djinn have lost their connection to Erebus, and Raffe doesn’t know how much longer he can cope before his alter ego goes insane. That’s the only reason he agrees to travel halfway across the world to find answers for Finch. Raffe aches to end the djinn curse that threatens his future with Santana, but he’d have to achieve the impossible: separate himself from the demon within.

I absolutely love this series. Everything about it was great and I love the characters.

I love Finch. He is such a good character and is having such a hard, unlucky time with things. I’m glad he’s slowly letting others help him.

Raffe’s point of view in this book was brilliant. Having Kadar as well is what made this book brilliant and I’m glad they got a good chunk of the book. Their storyline in this was brilliant to read and I loved getting an insight to a Djinn. It was also great to have Santana involved.

The plot developed well in this book and I like how Lux has slipped in the story. It’s interesting to see how important the mission is to Erebus, and what he’s willing to lose to get to the end.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this series. The storyline is brilliant, the plot developed well and the characters are brilliant. It’s one of my favourites and this book was a great addition to the series.

My rating: 5/5*

Dark Fae (Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac Book 1) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the first book in the Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series.

What do a heartless Dragon Shifter, a cold-blooded Basilisk, an arrogant Lion Shifter and a brooding, tattooed Harpy have in common…?

Me.

Elise Callisto. Vampire. Angel of vengeance. And a girl on a mission to destroy one of them for murdering my brother. I just don’t know which one did it yet.

When I kicked the ass of a Werewolf who was high on a new and dangerous drug called Killblaze, his final words painted a dark reality for me. The King of Aurora Academy killed my brother. The trouble is, there’s four kings at that school and each of them have motive and cutthroat natures.

Aurora Academy isn’t a place for the faint of heart. To put it lightly, my town is the asshole of Solaria where the dodgiest Fae in the kingdom reside. The school itself is divided by the two gangs who run this town. The Lunar Brotherhood and the Oscura Clan. And guess what? Two of the kings run the gangs at the school, their hatred for each other so fierce I hear a day doesn’t go by without blood being spilled in the halls.

I might be a petite, lilac-haired girl who looks like a fragile doll, but they haven’t been introduced to my fangs yet. And they don’t know why I’m really here. Or that I’ll do whatever it takes to bring down the Fae who took my flesh and blood from me.

I don’t believe in fate, but I do know this… the King who killed my brother is a dead man walking. And I’m prepared to sacrifice my heart, body and soul to ensure I get my revenge.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a spin off of the Zodiac Academy series, although it is a completely separate series.

The characters are great and the storyline is good and develops at a good pace.

Elise is a brilliant character. She’s strong, unforgiving and on a journey for vengeance. She is so unlike other min characters I’ve come across.

The 4 boys are interesting characters. I think the two gang leaders are ruthless and yet Elise’s connection towards them is interesting. I really likd Gabriel and Leon. They are both different. I think her connection towards Gabriel was on the next level though.

The storyline was great and things definitely got interesting towards the end. I’m looking forward to seeing how the plot develops in the next book. I would definitely recommend reading this series.

My rating: 5/5*

Demon of Mine (The Devil Heart Boys Book 1) by Caroline Peckham

This is there first book in the series although it can be read as a standalone as well.

Jack Mandeville just became my worst enemy and cruellest nightmare.
He hates the world.
Hates blondes.
But most of all, he hates me.

The worst thing about all of that? I have to live with him.

When my life falls apart and I’m taken in by the father of the devil himself in one of the most prestigious parts of London, I quickly discover there’s something seriously strange about Mandeville Place. Something supernatural.

My dreams are disturbed by dark spirits. And it sounds totally mad, but I’m certain something in this house is pushing me toward the boy who’s sworn to make my life a living hell if I don’t keep away from him.

Avoiding him at school is not easy. Him and his intimidating friends run this place, including every student and teacher in it. They’ve already turned the whole school against me and I know if I step a toe out of line things are going to get much worse.

I have to figure out what the ghostly presence in the house is trying to tell me. But that means discovering how far Jack will go to keep me away.

I enjoyed reading this book. It had a good mix of paranormal, mystery and romance. The story was great, the plot developed well and the characters were great.

Elle was a good character. She went through so much, yet managed to stay strong and came out of it better. She learnt things about herself which she didn’t even know.

Jack was also a great character. We saw him go in a full circle. The tough jerk who evidently has a soft side.

The romance between them was great to see develop. From hate to love.

I also enjoyed the paranormal mystery involved. Crime, demons and ghosts. This book had it all.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

When Death is Calling: Whisper of Demon by Henry Taba

This is the second book in the series.

He found his love. But a demon is whispering to him. He must redeem what he loved.

Westcliffe Patel, an orphan from a small town—Sagepond, has spent half of his life wandering alone. He thought, to prevent someone from leaving him, he should never have invited them into his life from the start. However, things changed—he found his love. Just when he thought life might get better, a whisper haunted him. To prevent his lover from becoming the next victim, he killed the demon. Soon, he realizes the target mark used by the demon to mark its prey was never erased, or maybe the demon never died. In his desperation to unveil the truth, he must deal with his past and his own insecurities.

This book was good. The characters are good and the storyline is enjoyable.

Westcliffe is a good main character. His character development led on well from the first. It nice to see how his relationship with Adel has grown and nice to see how he is dealing with her having the mark.

I liked Benson in this book too. He is dealing with his loss of Mary and I liked the fact he always seemed to have a level head and to be the voice of reason

The storyline in this book was good. It was interesting to see them go into Herocus’s world. The descriptions were good and I liked the idea behind their weapons to use against Harocus. I liked how they developed from the first.

Unfortunately though, it just didn’t grab me as much as the first book did. At a few points, I was a little lost on where the story was at and personally, I think it was because of the tense it was written in. I think the story would have probably flowed better if it was in first person. This is probably more of a personal preference though.

I would recommend that it is made clear in the title and description that this is a sequel. It’s only really mentioned on the front cover which could be easily missed online.

Overall, it is a good story and I think if you read the first book and like that, you’d get on well with this book.

I would recommend it, although it just didn’t quite grab me as much as I would have liked.

My rating: 3/5*

Zodiac Academy 3: The Reckoning by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the third book in the Supernatural Bullies and Beasts series.

The answer to your question will be revealed on the Lunar Eclipse.

But when finding the truth, don’t let the shadows take you.

The week of The Reckoning has begun. And senior students have been tasked with making the freshmen’s lives pure hell as they prepare to take their fateful assessment.

With the Lunar Eclipse on the horizon, Tory and Darcy have more to worry about than just passing their exams. A dark plot is unfolding and the shadows are drawing closer…

I love this series and I think it’s a masterpiece.

The characters are brilliant. The storyline is fantastic and it is written so well.

Darcy and Tory are brilliant. They have their similarities, especially being twins, and yet there are differences which make them both unique.

Lance Orion and Darcy are everything in this book. I absolutely love their relationship and I’m totally routing for them. Reading their relationship towards eachother develop had me feeling excited as they are just so suited.

I think with Tory, that Darius is better matched with him. Caleb is generally the nicer guy, and I love reading their relationship grow, but I’m finding myself routing for Darius more.

I think the 4 guys have their point of views every so often makes you feel differently towards them. It doesn’t make what they do any better, but it puts an understanding to their actions. So getting inside Darius’s head is probably why I’m routing for him with Tory. There’s so much more to him than mets the eye and I feel that theirs more emotions between him and Tory as oppose to with Caleb.

The storyline was brilliant and the plot developed at a good pace. I just love the world building behind it all. You can really picture everything playing out in your mind. I’m glad we have got to see the girls Order’s too.

I would absolutely and completely recommend this series. It’s one of the best that I’ve read this year. It gets you completely invested in the characters and story.

I can’t wait for the next book.

My rating: 5/5*

Royals of Villain Academy 1: Cruel Magic by Eva Chase

This is the first book in the Royals of Villain Academy series.

I thought I was ordinary Rory Franco: college student, artist, and over-protected daughter. Then mages barge into my family’s home, murder my parents, and whisk me off to a university known to the rest of magical society as Villain Academy.

It turns out I’m Persephone Bloodstone, the long lost heir to one of the five royal families of dark magic. I’m destined to learn how to manipulate the world with fear—and to stand beside the four other scions: the scorching-hot, arrogant young men who rule this school.

Unfortunately, I’m having trouble locating my supposedly wicked skills. I don’t want to use a power that feeds off people’s pain, but I have to tap into my talents fast if I want to survive. I’ve got no time to grieve for my family. The students here are even more vicious than the teachers, and my fellow scions are worst of all.

The four of them crush anyone who doesn’t kowtow. No way will I bow to any villain, no matter how brutally alluring. They can turn on the charm or tear me down, but they can’t break me, even if I can barely get my magic working.

They’ve never met anyone like me before. I don’t care about ruling. I just want to avenge the people I loved.

It doesn’t matter what kind of power runs through my veins. I’m taking Villain Academy down.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great, the plot developed well and the characters were good.

Rory was a great main character. She was thrown into the new life and went through such a tough time. She never backed down and stuck to her beliefs, even after everything which happened to her. You have to admire that will power. I’m looking forward to seeing her grow more.

Malcolm is an arsehole. He is so adamant on knocking her down. Jude was much better. Connar started to grow on me until nearer the end. I’m hoping he redeems himself. Declan is better than them all, but he isn’t sticking up for her either. I’m hoping he grows a backbone at some point.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It was an enjoyable read. The storyline is great and the characters are great. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

My rating: 5/5*

Variant (Variant book 1) by T. C. Edge

This is the first book in the Variant seris set within the Enhanced universe.

All Variants live by one rule – you run, you hide…or you die.

Ever since the disappearance of her father, Paige Adler has been hiding in the system. She spends her days packing ration boxes, and her nights on the hunt, secretly seeking justice against those who prey on her people.

Just like her father once did.

One night, when tracking a killer, Paige stumbles upon something far bigger than her own personal vendetta…

In the shadows of the city, the Resistance still lingers, all but destroyed fifteen years before. Her father once fought for them, and it cost him his life. Now, they want Paige to join them too.

Drawn in by a handsome but mysterious Variant, Paige soon discovers that the enemy is building a secret weapon, one that could destroy not only the Resistance, but all Variants, once and for all.

In order to survive, they have to fight. And Paige, her powers, and her past, might just be the key to the future…

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were good and the storyline was good. It was refreshing to see yet another side to the Enhanced world.

Paige was a good character. She was clearly clever and I enjoyed seeing her life and gifts. For such a clever character though, she did think a little bit immature at times, especially after being told no. I think instead of thinking rashly like she did, there were better ways of going around it. She was a good character nonetheless ad I’m looking forward to seeing how she develops.

The storyline was good as well. Like every other series in the Enhanced world, the life they live is so different. The plot developed well, although I found it a little bit slower than usual. I’m looking forward to seeing how it continues to develop though.

Overall, this book was very enjoyable to read. It can easily be read as a standalone series, or it can be read with the rest of the Enhanced series.

I would definitely recommend it.

My rating/ 4/5*