V Games: Fresh From The Grave (The Vampire Games Book 2) by Caroline Peckham

This is the second book in the Vampire Games series.
Selena Grey has faced death and won. Freedom awaits so long as she can let go of the last thing that ties her to the island where the V Games were held. But despite the fact surviving has always been her priority, suddenly, she finds herself torn between her head and her heart.
Meanwhile, the Helsings are about to host a brand new game on the Isle of Lidelse where blood and money rule above all else. But when Selena finds out a devastating truth that puts her loyalty to the test, will she find the courage to go on? Or will she retreat from a life she never wanted, even if that means giving up the one person her heart beats for?

I’m thoroughly enjoying reading this series. I’ve never had any interest in Vampire books until I discovered Caroline Peckham, and I’m sure glad I did.

This book is exciting, well paced and action packed and with great characters.

I love Varick. He has all the Vampire instincts and is a monster, but with Selena, he becomes something more. His willingness to protect her is enjoyable to read and its good to see their relationship develop.

Selena herself is a great main character. She has a good heart and tries to help everyone.

These second games were even more exciting to read than the first, especially towards to end. I liked how the plot developed. The new characters introduced added to the storyline well.

Overall, I’m really enjoying reading this series. I’m looking forward to the next book and seeing how the plot develops further. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

Unravel Me (Shatter Me book 2) by Tahereh Mafi

This is the second book in the Shatter Me series

They want to find me. I will find them first.

Juliette has escaped. She has found the headquarters of the rebel resistance – and people like her. People with gifts. She is free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam.

But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

I enjoyed this book and found it better than the first. The storyline develops and the plot moves at a good pace.

Juliette is a good main character. She has so much power and yet she doesn’t know how to use it. She finally starts coming into her own in this book. She gains in confidence and bravery.

Adam, however, was starting to annoy me in this book. I found him quite selfish. He may be trying to look after Juliette, but she was actually better off without him. She only gained in confidence when he wasn’t there. He holds her back and is actually quite needy.

Warner is the reason I have given this book the rating I have. I absolutely love him. We see the real him in this book and get to see more into his background and upbringing. He may have done some horrible things, but you can see and understand why he has. The last third of the book, I just fell in love with him. He, for me, made this book what it is.

It was nice to see the others abilities. Everyone was unique in their own way.

Overall, I would recommend this series. The storyline is good and enjoyable. I would also recommend it just because of Warner.

My rating: 5/5*

Finch Merlin and the Fount of Youth by Bella Forrest

This is the 10th book in the Harley Merlin series, and the first of Finch Merlin.

What’s a guy gotta do to appease an evil god?

It’s been a year since Katherine tried to take over the world, and Finch Merlin is itching to do something other than odd jobs for Erebus, God of Darkness. Erebus promises he’ll free Finch of his servitude after he completes one final task—finding the Fountain of Youth.

Finch has no idea why Erebus wants eternal youth, since the guy is already an immortal being. All the secrecy makes Finch uneasy, but he has no choice but to obey.

He knows he’ll get by with a little help from his friends, namely his old pal Garrett, who’s still dealing with the whole “being resurrected” thing. There’s also Ryann, Harley’s foster sister, now a regular at the San Diego Coven. Whenever she’s around, Finch feels butterflies in his stomach. Or maybe it’s just a bad case of indigestion.

Together, they’ll infiltrate the flashy world of the magical elite in search of a rare artifact, one that will help them capture a poltergeist—the angry ghost of famed adventurer Ponce de León.

Finch’s adventures have only just begun, with plenty of old and new friends… and foes.

I really loved reading this book. I was so happy when I saw that the previous book wasn’t the last, and it’s nice to see these books follow Finch’s adventures.

Finch is a brilliant character. After the events of the previous book, it’s nice to see what has been happening 1 year on. We got to see glimpses of all the other characters, and we’ve seen how the Coven has been. Ultimately, we see what Finch is having to do to please Erebus.

I liked Garrett having a role in this story and a point of view. They were once best friends, and it was nice seeing them both try to rekindle that. It was also nice to see how he is coping after having died and been brought back again.

Saskia was a brilliant addition to the story. She has the spark that Tatyana has, but had her differences too. Her teenage ways were a great contrast to the others.

Overall, I love these books and would definitely recommend them. This book brought a new plot and a new view on things. I’m really looking forward to the next.

My rating: 5/5*

V Games (The Vampire Games Book 1) by Caroline Peckham

This is the first book in The Vampire Games series.

Three things are about to change my life forever…

#1 I’ve been kidnapped to enter a terrifying televised game.

#2 Vampires exist and they’re hungry as hell.

#3 Varick Cartwright is the most terrifying creature I’ve ever met…but he might be the only one who can save me from what’s about to happen.

I’ve been forced into the V Games with twenty four other girls from prison, and now I have no choice but to fight for my life in a week long event.

I’m already a black-hearted killer, but can I be a survivor too? And do I even deserve the freedom this twisted game could offer me if I win?

On this hellish island, one of my captors frightens me the most. He’s a deadly vampire, like those out in the game. And yet, this one’s different. There’s a twisted darkness brewing in him, but for some reason he’s the only one here who gives me hope.

The island is hungry.

The Helsings have placed their bets.

It’s time for me to play the V Games.

I really enjoyed reading this book which was a pleasant surprise to me. I normally avoid vampire books as they don’t seem to appeal to me, but I decided to try this one out after reading Zodiac Academy.

The storyline was great, the characters were great and it ran at a fast exciting pace.

Selena was a great main character. She was imprisoned for defending herself and her mum. Everyone saw her as a killer, but didn’t believe the circumstances. From that she’s then kidnapped and thrown into the madness on this island having to yet again, defend herself. Her courage and bravery was brilliant. She kept wanting to help others, even when her own life was at stake.

Varick was also a great character. He may be a vampire, but he had emotions to him as well. I enjoyed seeing his character develop into the one we see at the end. His relationship with Selena was enjoyable to read.

I liked how the vampires were described. It was too over the top, nor was it too unbelievable. It was just right for me. The vampire aspect also didn’t sway the story from the main plot as well. Selena and her journey in the games was always the central aspect.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. There was plenty of excitement, as well as some twists and turns. I would definitely recommend it and I’m looking forward to reading the next.

My rating: 5/5*

Zodiac Academy: Origins of an Academy Bully by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is a prequel novella to Zodiac Academy: The Awakening, the first book in the Supernatural Bullies and Beasts series.

Dark magic is forbidden at Zodiac Academy.

That’s why I hide it so well.

But now I’m supposed to mentor Darius Acrux: the son of the most ruthless Dragon Shifter in Solaria.

If he’s caught using blood magic, he’ll lose his claim to the throne.

The problem is? Our families are up to something, and we’re determined to find out what. No matter what dark power we must turn to…

This was an interesting insight to Darius and Lance Orion. It puts an understanding to their behaviour in Zodiac Academy: The Awakening.

They come across down to earth in this book, but being controlled by their families. The consequences unfortunately make then revengeful and bitter.

I still don’t particularly like Darius in Zodiac Academy:The Awakening, despite his background. He really is a right bully in it, and I don’t think his background is enough of an excuse for some of his behaviour.

The insight on Orion also had just made me even more intrigued about him. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

I would definitely recommend reading this along with the Supernatural Bullies and Beasts series.

My rating: 5/5*

Zodiac Academy: The Awakening by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the first book in the series.

You have been selected to attend Zodiac Academy, where your star sign defines your destiny.

If you’re one of the Fae, elemental magic is in your blood. And apparently it’s in ours. As twins born in the month of Gemini, we’re a rare breed even in this academy of supernatural a-holes.

Changelings were outlawed hundreds of years ago but I guess our birth parents didn’t get the memo. Which means we’re totally unprepared for the ruthless world of Fae.

Air. Fire. Water. Earth.

No one has ever harnessed all four of them, until we arrived. And it hasn’t made us any friends so far.

As the rarest Elementals ever known, we’re already a threat to the four Celestial Heirs; the popular, vindictive bullies who happen to be some of the hottest guys we’ve ever seen. It doesn’t help that they’re the most dangerous beasts in the Academy. And probably on earth too.

Our fates are intertwined, but they want us gone. They’ve only got until the lunar eclipse to force us out and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed.

We never knew we had a birthright to live up to but now that we do, we intend to claim our throne.

We can’t expect any help from the faculty when it comes to defending ourselves. So if the dragon shifters want some target practice, the werewolves want someone to hunt or the vampires fancy a snack then we have to be ready. But we’ve been looking after each other for a long time and fighting back is in our blood.

Today’s horoscope: totally screwed.

This book is absolutely fantastic and I enjoyed reading it. The story is brilliant, the characters are great and the pace is great.

Tory and Darcy are both brilliant main characters and are both relatable. They get thrown into this new world with no preparation, yet they cope with it well, even with the bullying going on. I liked the differences and individuality between them even though they are twins. It’s a hard, ruthless world they have to navigate.

The 4 heirs were interesting characters. They go to lengths to make Tory and Darcy uncomfortable and try to scare them. I can kind off see things from their point of view given their upbringing, but they go to the extreme.

Orion was another interesting character. Everything throughout the book is pointing towards him being a bad guy, but then certain events contradict the idea. I’m looking forward to learning more about him.

All the different Orders and characters came in different shapes and sizes which was brilliant to read. I liked the fact that they were essentially, Human, but they could change into these characters and they each topped up their magic in different ways. Each one was different and had their quirks. They were described great and I found it very imaginative.

Overall, this book is absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to read the next. I would completely recommend it. It’s simply brilliant.

My rating: 5/5*

Desi Pere (Swirling Secrets Book 1) by Roze Wallin

Magnhild, is a freak. From her name, right down to her naturally bizarre visage – she’s an odd duck.

Her life has taken a swirling plunge into the drain the past few months, but it’s nothing compared to what’s coming. All she wants is to finish school, and start over somewhere fun.

Fate, has other plans.

Enter the Desi Pere underground organization, and three of it’s loyal members. They’ve enlisted Magnhild’s cooperation, whether she likes it or not. They mean to exploit her superhuman gifts – secrets she didn’t think anyone knew about. The bait: reuniting her with her mother…who’s supposed to be dead.

Overnight, she’s dragged into a hidden world – and a war – the normal world knows nothing about.

Danger, confusion, deception, and self-loathing fog each decision Magnhild faces.

She desperately hopes to find her mother, and bring meaning to her past of abuse and isolation. Will she see through the web society has spun around her, or fall captive to century-old lies? In her search for the truth, she discovers she cannot find what she seeks, without first accepting herself, finding her inner strength, and embracing her bizarre life…

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great and the plot developed well.

I liked the idea behind the story and how the organisations are described. Magnhild’s gifts are interesting to read, although I don’t think we saw enough of them.

Magnhild was an interesting main character, although she was annoyingly stupid at times. I caught on to the truth way before she did. As much as I enjoyed the story, it took her way too long to realise what was going on. While I don’t mind naive characters, she was a little bit too naive. In general, she was a likable character though.

I liked all the other characters as well. They were all interesting and had their own parts to play.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*