Lingering by Melissa Simonson

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This book was an enjoyable read and there was some thought provoking moments. The story developed well and the plot moved at a good pace.

We go on a journey with Ben and see him dealing with his grief a few months after his fiancé was brutally murdered. It really is a journey as well and I feel like I really know Carissa now. I really liked Ben and really felt for him, although some of his decisions were questionable.

The other characters were also good and I particularly liked Joe. It was another view on how to cope with grief and him and Ben coped in completely different ways, and yet helped eachother through it.

The character building was brilliant.

The concept was a very interesting one and I liked how it developed slowly with the AI aspect. It was well thought out. This book reminded me why I personally think the idea of AI’s is a bad one.

The only thing I didn’t like was the Chapter lengths. I found them very long and I would have preferred them a little bit shorter, but that’s a personal preference.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable book to read and I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*

Parting Shadows (Toccata System Book 1) by Kate Sheeran Swed

This is the first book in the Toccata series.

Raised by a heartsick AI, she’s programmed to kill. And desperate to flee.

After growing up on an isolated space station, Astra dreams of solid ground. But with an AI guardian plugged into her head–and her nervous system–it’s not like she’s flush with choices. In fact, she’s got just one: use her training to carry out the rogue AI’s revenge. Her first mission? Assassination.

When her target flashes a jamming device that would guarantee her escape from the AI’s grasp, Astra sets out to steal it. But the AI’s plans are more dangerous than she suspected. Corrupted by heartbreak, the wayward computer is determined to infect the star system with a new order of digital tyranny.

Astra’s been raised to care for no one but herself. Now she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to trade the star system’s freedom for her own.

This book was an enjoyable read with a good storyline.

Astra was a good character. You can sympathise with her situation and her upbringing. I also liked Henry.

The AI aspect was interesting to read and it’s point of view chapters offered a good insight. Those chapters didn’t grab me as much as Astra’s did though and at one point I struggled to realise whether it was talking about the past of present. It could have been made more clearer.

The storyline was good and the plot developed well. I think the length was just right as well. The world building was good as well woth good descriptions. You can really picture the scene in space.

Overall, I would recommend this story.

My rating: 4/5*

Dreamland: A Magical Ghost Story by Nick Clausen

In Dreamland, everything is really two things: what you see and what you want to see. And it can be hard to tell the difference …

In his sleep, Louie starts visiting an alternate reality where he meets his father, who died when Louie was still a baby. At first, it seems like a wonderful opportunity for Louie to finally get to know his dad, but nothing turns out to be what it seems, and great horrors loom very close by …

Welcome to Dreamland

This book was a nice little ghost story. I enjoyed the concept of it and the story moved at a good pace.

The idea of the horrors taking place in your dreams and sucking you in with false illusions before trapping you there made for an interesting story.

It tackles dealing with loss, grief and fear well whilst having an eerie concept alongside it. The characters were well thought out and all have a good connection to eachother.

The book was just the right length and any longer and I would have lost interest. Maybe a little bit more action and it would have been better, but I did still enjoy it.

Overall, I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it. It was a nice quick read.

My rating: 4/5*

Finch Merlin and the Lost Map by Bella Forrest

This is the 11th book in the Harley Merlin series and the 2nd of Finch Merlin.

Magical mapmaking is an ancient art—and also a major pain.

At least, Finch can’t help but feel that way, since Erebus transported him to the Mapmakers’ Monastery with little to no instructions. Now, he’s stranded on some Greek island until he can learn how to draw maps to places he thought only existed in legends, like El Dorado and Shangri-La.

Only the worthiest of magicals can attain such a rare skill. The weak are weeded out through nearly impossible tests that involve mind-bending poisons, weird plants, and… pottery-making?

But Finch isn’t the only one looking to learn the art of mapmaking. Magicals from all over the world are drawn to the Monastery. As Finch encounters both greedy treasure hunters and knowledge-hungry explorers, he must decide who is trustworthy and who has more sinister intentions.

When Erebus knocks on her door, Kenzie is roped into delivering secret messages to Finch using her ability to Morph into the bodies of animals. In exchange, the God of Darkness will reveal what she wants most: to find the lowlife who cursed her mother.

Both Finch and Kenzie know they’re pawns in Erebus’s long game—but to what end?

I absolutely love this series. The storyline is brilliant, the characters are great and the world building is amazing.

I love Finch. He is a great main character and I love how much he has redeemed himself. His heart is in the right place and he really trys to protect everyone he cares about, and even those he has just met.

I loved Kenzie having a point of view in this book. We’ve seen glimpses of her prior to this book, but only now are we getting to know her. It was interesting and I’m glad she was drafted into the story.

I also loved the new characters introduced. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Melody and Luke. I really hope they are genuine and don’t double cross Finch.

I like the fact Ryann is still involved and I’m enjoying seeing the interactions between her and Finich. I really hope we get to see their relationship develop.

I’m enjoying the plot with Erebus. The tasks he is having Finch undertake are making an interesting storyline. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. The world building behind magicals is brilliant. The characters are great and the storyline is fantastic.

My rating: 5/5*

Zodiac Academy 2: Ruthless Fae by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the second book in the Bullies and Beasts series.

They tried to break us.
They almost did.
But we’re not going anywhere.

The Celestial Heirs think the stars are on their side. But they don’t know what’s coming. We have to be smart. Fighting them one on one isn’t an option so we have to be stealthy. Remaining under the radar won’t be easy, but if we pull it off, they’ll never suspect our involvement when their lives start falling apart.

Besides, they’ve already taken us to the brink of hell, what more can they really do?

This book was absolutely fantastic. The storyline picked up where it left off and continued to developed well and at a good pace. The characters are brilliant.

Tory and Darcy are the best. They have had such a hard time and especially at the end of the last book, but they came back fighting. I loved watching them get their own back.

The 4 heirs are still arseholes. I must say though that Darius and Caleb have had moments in this book which almost made me like them. Almost.

I think Tory’s relationships with them both have been interesting to read and see develop. I think she done right by picking Caleb over Darius though, and I think even then, she doesn’t doesn’t particularly like him and is just having a bit of fun.

Lance Orion and Darcy are the best thing to see in this book. Their forbidden relationship is the best. I just found myself willing Lance and Darcy and give in to their emotions. I love the way he kept being harsh to Seth over her blue hair. He totally deserves it and worse. I’m totally rooting for them both and I really hope we continue to see them both give in to their feelings and let their relationship progress.

I love the world building in this book. There is every beast and creature you could imagine in it and the descriptions really make them come to life. It’s brilliant.

The end was fast paced and exciting, an then it ended on a cliffhanger. I’m buzzing to know what happens next.

Overall, this series is fantastic and I think anyone who hasn’t read it is missng out on a little gem here. It’s exciting and fast paced, the characters are brilliant and the storyline is amazing.

I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Dragon Fire Academy 1 – First Term by Rachel Jonas

This is the first book in the Dragon Fire Academy series.

Seriously? Four dragon warriors need to stalk my every move?

I get it. They think I’m dangerous, but I’m only on their island to learn. Not to destroy it.

This is another unfortunate side-effect of being the freak who descended from all three supernatural lineages. The bloodthirsty dragons, the destructive wolves, and the disloyal witches. Some believe that, when I transition in a few months, there’s a slight, teeny tiny chance I could unleash hell on the supernatural world. Call me crazy, but I’d know if I harbored that kind of power inside me.

… Wouldn’t I?

My entire life, all I’ve wanted was to be normal. Hence the reason I didn’t think twice about trading in my crown for a stack of books. I’ve got three terms on this island to prove the naysayers wrong, including my chaperones—Kai, Ori, Paulo, and Rayen.

These four are gorgeous, but also ominous as heck. Babysitting me has clearly taken their focus off something they’ve deemed more important. So, now they go out of their way to make my life a living hell, with hopes that I’ll give up and leave.

Thanks, guys.

You could cut the tension between us with a knife, but what’s weird is I don’t hate them all the time. There are even odd moments when I catch them watching me. And not in their usual “wish-you-were-dead” sort of way.

Even if I survive the academy, there’s still no guarantee these four and I won’t kill each other before graduation.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great and the characters were great.

Noelle was a great character. Whereas she may have been royalty, she didn’t act as such. It was refreshing to have such a strong, brave princess really. I liked how she was different because of her gifts. We saw glimpses of them as the plot progressed, and I’m looking forward to seeing more about them in the next book, especially after the ending.

The 4 dragon warriors were also great characters. They’re introduced as strong warriors who act like they’re better than everyone else, but as the story developed, we learn there is far more to them. Each one had their own personality and circumstance.

I liked how every so often we had a point of view from one of them. It was another view into the story which was needed, especially at the end.

The world building was brilliant in this book. The island is so different in their ways, but as Noelle learnt about it, we did too.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The storyline was great, the plot developed well and the characters were great.

My rating: 5/5*

V Games: Dead Before Dawn (The Vampire Games Book 3) by Caroline Peckham

This is the 3rd book in the V Games series.

After the explosive breakout on the Isle of Lidelse, Selena and Varick have made it to safety. But the Helsings are already plotting their revenge and will hunt them to the ends of the earth to have it. Selena must rely on new allies as well as old to remain safe, but trust is not a thing she finds easy anymore. Soon, she’s forced to decide whether to fight or keep running. But can she stay out of this war, even when whispers of a new game reach her ear? Can she continue to let the Hunters brutally kill girls for the sake of entertainment? Or is it time for her to rise up and put a stop to the games once and for all?

I loved reading this book. The story was great and the plot developed well. I loved the characters and the fact that they all got a point of view at times.

Selena has been great. She has become such a strong character, especially after everything she has been through. Her relationship with Varick has been great to see and their ending was a great satisfying one.

Cass and Jameson have also been great characters. I loved watching their interactions and I’m totally routing for them. I’m looking forward to reading about them in Wolf Games.

Mercy was a brilliant addition. I love how her character has developed. Getting in her head was what took this book to the extra level for me. She really is the odd one in her family and it was enjoyable to see her truly be herself in the end. I’m also looking forward to reading Hunter Trials.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series and would definitely recommend it. The storyline was brilliant and the characters were great. It has been an enjoyable read.

My rating: 5/5*