Remember: Book 2 of the Replacement Series by Bianca Sierra-LuebkeBianca Sierra-Luebke

This is the second book in the Replacement Series.

We are the first surge, born following lifetimes of infertility and discord among our kind. Though we were not bred of this planet, it is all we have ever known. We are a new beginning, test subjects for what is hoped to be the future of our race.

Clara is the most talented Slayer of her surge, bested only by her trusted friend, Victor. When forced to slay the lives of innocent children, she sets out on a path that will transform her into the deadliest thing on the planet.

Victor is the truest Slayer of his surge and their fearless leader. Often torn between duty and love, he endures lifetimes of torment and indecision, constantly teetering between honor and his own desires.

Merrick is not a Slayer but plays the part well. Pretending is easy. Deceiving is fun. Killing is entirely different. Gifted with unimaginable strength and speed, Merrick must do the thing he hates most to stay near his one true love.

I enjoyed this book and the background of the characters was interesting to read, but this book wasn’t as good as the first.

I love Clara. She’s a great character and it was interesting to see how she got where she is. Victor was also good. Merrick though, was a little annoying. I enjoyed seeing them interact together as Slayers and see things from each of their point of views.

The storyline was ok, but I just found that there was too much backstory. I enjoyed the main story in the first book more and the ending of this book when it caught up drew my attention more.

I would recommend this book because it did give a good backstory, but it was just a little too much backstory. The connection to the main story was interesting to read and it was better once it caught up in time to the events of the first book.

My rating: 3/5*

Opening Moves (The Gam3 Book 1) by Cosimo Yap

This is the first book in The Gam3 series.

The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game.

A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. Alan can’t wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe. Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

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

Alan was a great character and I enjoyed seeing him learn about the Game and how it works. I think he had a great character development from starting out a little ignorant and gradually learning that there’s more to it than he thinks.

The world building was brilliant. It was well thought out and well described. You could visualise everything.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a well thought out role playing book. I liked all the different types of characters and I loved the pop up messages with the quests and abilities. The characters are great adn the storyline is great. I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

Spark (Academy of Unpredictable Magic Book 1) by Sadie Moss

This is the first book in the Academy of Unpredictable Magic series.

Magic exists. I know—it’s in my blood.

Unfortunately, not all people from magical bloodlines have powers, and at 22, I’m several years past the age they usually appear. So I’ve resigned myself to a boring, magic-less life.

Then something strange happens…

I get stuck in the middle of a bar fight, and instead of just punching the guy back, I blow a hole in the wall.

So… I guess I do have powers. But they’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. This shit is definitely not normal.

And it seems the magical authorities agree, because they give me a choice: either I go to school to learn to control my crazy new magic, or they’ll take it away. Permanently.

Now if I can just survive the bitchy mean girls determined to take me down a peg, the mysterious attacks on students, the three hot-as-hell guys who don’t seem turned off by my prickly exterior, and the professor who makes me long for detention, maybe I’ll get out of here in one piece.

Wouldn’t bet on it though.

Welcome to the Academy of Unpredictable Magic.

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

Elliot was a good main character. She was stubborn but strong and brave. I love the guys. Dmitri, Cam and Asher are brilliant. They each have their own personalities. Roman was brilliant. Everything about him was great. I’m looking forward to seeing how her relationship with each of them develops.

The storyline was great and I enjoyed how the plot developed. I feel there was something missing though in the way it was written. There seemed to be a lot of telling and not showing. Nevertheless, I liked the storyline.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. I’m looking forward to reading the next one. The characters were great, the storyline was great and I’m intrigued to see how it’s going to develop.

My rating: 4/5*

Royals of Villain Academy 3: Sinister Wizardry by Eva Chase

This is the 3rd book in the Royals of Villain Academy series.

Do I want to spend my summer with my vicious classmates at Bloodstone University—better known as Villain Academy? No, thank you. But I’ve got to find a way to tackle my enemies before they try to destroy me again, and the trail to potential answers starts there.

I’ve had it with taking the high road, though. Come at me, and you’d better believe I’ll hit you back just as hard. Maybe that’ll mean I have to tap into my dark magic instincts more than I’d ever have planned to, but I’m not letting one more person I care about get hurt.

That also means I’ve got to steer clear of the one guy I completely trust, or I might ruin his life too. With two of the other scions vying for my attention and the last shifting his campaign against me in an unexpected way, I’ve got my hands full as it is.

I can’t say whether I’ll survive everything this summer has in store. All I know for sure is it’s going to be a hot one.

I enjoyed reading this book. It led on from the last well, the characters are good and the storyline is good.

Rory is a great main character. She’s strong willed and nothing is bringing her down. She doesn’t really fit in with the others, but she’s using her position as best she can to try and make good of everything.

The boys were definitely better in this book. I like Declan although I think that he’s still being over caucious. Jude and Connar were better in this book too and Malcolm was less of an arsehole. I’m enjoying seeing the relationship between them and Rory gradually grow.

The storyline was good. I like the little mysteries that are being uncovered, like the Professor’s mystery key and her odd grandparents. The ending was also a shocking one and I’m looking forward to seeing the plot develop in the next book.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The characters are great, the storyline is good and the plot is developing at a good pace.

My rating: 5/5*

Vicious Fae (Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac Book 3) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the 3rd book in, the Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series.

Elise continues her hunt for the King who killed her brother while trying not to fall for the vicious boys she suspects.
As her investigation deepens, she seems to be closing in on some answers. And with a surprise trip to Zodiac Academy, she finds more there than she expects.

I love this series. The storyline is brilliant, the characters are brilliant and I love the way the plot is developing.

Elise is brilliant. She’s so strong willed and I just love the bonds she has with each of the guys. She gets a few steps closer to figuring out Gareths murderer, but not close enough.

The four guys are brilliant. Dante, Ryder, Gabriel and Leon each have their own individual traits and each one connects brilliantly with Elise. There were some brilliant interactions between them all and we’re really getting to know each of them. I loved the Zodiac Academy exchange and loved seeing a younger happier Lance Orion.

There are many tests in this book for everyone and the ending only leaves more questions as to what will happen next.

The ending was not what I expected at all. I’m kind of happy about it, but also not because I feel sorry for the others. I’m not sure what to think really because it was such a surprise, but I’m looking forward to the next book. I’m intrigued how things will work out between them all.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. It has a brilliant storyline and we see a different side to the Zodiac world. The characters are brilliant.

My rating: 5/5*

Past This Point by Nicole Mabry

Karis Hylen has been through the New York City dating wringer. After years of failed relationships, she abandons her social life and whittles her days down to work and spending time with her dog, Zeke. Her self-imposed exile ends up saving her life when an untreatable virus sweeps the east coast, killing millions.

Alone in her apartment building, Karis survives with only Zeke, phone calls to her mom, and conversations with two young girls living across the courtyard. With the city in a state of martial law, violence and the smell of rotting corpses surround her every day. But her biggest enemy is her own mind. As cabin fever sets in, vivid hallucinations make her question her sanity.

In addition to her dwindling food and water stash, Karis must now struggle to keep her mind in check. When a mysterious man enters the scene, she hopes she can convince him to help her make it to the quarantine border. With the world crumbling around her, Karis discovers her inner strength but may find that she needs people after all.

I enjoyed reading this book. This apocalyptic tale had a great storyline and the plot developed at a good pace.

Karis was a great character. I liked the fact that she was middle aged and having a slight mid life crisis. She was strong willed and was able to do what needed to be done to survive. She was overly cautious and savvy. I also liked how it took a 12 year old to speak some sense into her.

I loved her relationship with Emma and Julia. Their little story in this book was just as good as Karis’s

I loved Ollie. Everything about him was great. Karis was lucky that she took a chance on him. I loved seeing their relationship developed, and ultimately, the ending was brilliant. I loved that once they met, he didn’t over power anything. They were both equal in surviving the situation.

Zeke was amazing, but then again, most pets are.

Her mum annoyed me a little. Yes she was worried, as most mums would be if that situation happened, but she was a little too over the top for my liking which was slightly annoying to read at times. So, yes I could see where she was coming from, but I also feel that it could have been toned down just a little.

The only other thing which I could have done without are the little North American words for things, but this is definitely coming from a British perspective. The story slowed down at a few points and but the brilliant character building did manage to keep the story going.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it. The virus was well thought out and the characters were too. It was a slow burn tale of survival which had a good storyline. The character building was faultless.

My rating: 4/5*

Darkblood Academy: Book One: Half-blood by G.K. DeRosa

This is the first book in the Darkblood Academy series.

Welcome to Darkblood—oops, I mean Darkhen Academy.

There are three rules to survive the elite supernatural school:

  1. Do not talk or even look at The Seven, the uber-powerful supes that rule the academy.
  2. Never go into the Fae forest on a full moon… or else.
  3. And most definitely do not fall for one of the extremely hot and unattainable instructors.

Too bad I’ve never really been a rule follower…

A year ago the supernaturals came out of the closet on primetime TV, and about a minute ago I, Luna Hallows, found out I was one of them—well, a half-blood anyway.

So here I am at Darkhen Academy, the only human and no magical abilities to speak of. The only reason I’m here is because of my father—a man I didn’t even know existed until now. He’s crazy powerful, and they think I could be too. But what could I possibly contribute to an exclusive squad of dragon shifters, fae, witches, and vampires?

I guess we’re about to find out because the merging of the supernatural and human realms isn’t going as smoothly as planned. If word gets out that humans are no longer safe from the supes, our worlds will once again be closed off.

It’s up to us to stop that from happening.

I enjoyed this book. It had a good storyline and the characters were good.

Luna was a good main character. She may be human, but after being thrown into this new life, she copes well. It was good seeing her character develop into the strong girl she ends up as at the end. I’m looking forward to seeing how she continues to grow and develop alongside her powers.

The other characters were good. The 7 were all interesting characters. They were all different and had their own traits. I’m looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Luna and the squad grows now she’s a part of them.

Ryder was a great character. I loved reading the relationship between Luna and him grow. It was a little frustrating at points, like, just go for it, but I understood his reservations. I’m intrigued to see how the relationship develops in the next book.

I liked the storyline although it did take me a little while to get into. The last third of the book did really pick up though. I also felt the way it went around swearing was annoying. Either do it or don’t. Don’t do the annoying half swearing/word switching thing that was going on. It was annoying to read.

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

I was debating over my rating for this book, whether it be 4 or 5*. The last third of the book really grabbed me though so I opted to go higher, but it’s only just scraping that 5. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book though.

My rating: 5/5*

Dragon Fire Academy 2 – Second Term by Rachel Jonas

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

The good news: my four guardians are more than just a brood of cocky dragons. I was drawn to this island to find them … my mates.

The sucky news: an ancient evil has marked me as its vessel, but I suppose one girl can’t have all the luck, right?

I was warned that second term would be a challenge, but nothing could have prepared me for this. As if things aren’t already hard enough, one innocent slipup threatens to cost me big time.

Every day, it gets harder to tell friend from foe. Especially with more than one enemy who wants to make sure I lose everything.

Thing is, no one has any idea how fiercely I’m willing to fight. I guess they’ll learn the hard way that I’m no pushover.

Giving up simply isn’t in my blood.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline progressed well from the last, the characters are great and the plot developed well.

Noelle is a good main character. It’s interesting to see how she’s coping after going through the big change that she did. It’s also to see how she differs from everyone else. Things go right and things go wrong. She fights through everything regardless.

I love the four guys. They’re strong, caring and fierce. It’s great to see how Noelles relationship with all of them progresses and how she treats each one of them.

The island tradition and the way of life for the hives is interesting to read. Noelle is an outsider, so seeing her learn about all these new ways has been good.

Things definitely got interesting near the end. I’m interested to see what happens in the next book.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. The storyline is good, the plot develops well and the characters are great.

My rating: 5/5*

Alchemy Academy

Preorder Alchemy Academy and receive it on 17th February.

Welcome to Alchemy Academy.
We’ll give you the building blocks to harness your natural power and control your magic. You’ll learn to let the waters flow and let the fire burn strong, to let the earth shake and the winds blow. The only limit is yourself.

I was never meant to be on this island, but my own curiosity got the better of me. The Shadowmaster let me stay for whatever reason. Everyone seems to be able to do magic, except me.
Yes, magic is indeed real.
I don’t belong here.
But I’m Roxy. I make the best of any situation and this one will be no different.

Quell (The Flow Series book 4) by Clare Littermore

This is the 4th and final book in the Flow series.

One battle. One chance to change the future.

Having survived the deadly virus that endangered her new community, Quin is devastated to learn that the same sickness threatens The Beck. With Adams and his Shadow Patrol in charge, Cam and her friends are in mortal danger.

The rebels know they’re not strong enough to take on The Beck’s government alone. The only way to succeed is to join forces with The Ridge. But their alliance is built on tenuous threads: one wrong move could destroy their hopes forever.

As Quin steels herself for the final battle, a shocking revelation leaves her wondering what she is willing to sacrifice in the name of freedom.

I loved reading this book. The storyline is great, the characters and great and I liked the ending.

Quin has been a brilliant main character throughout the series. She’s developed so much since the start and turned into a brave fighter. It’s been great reading her character.

I’ve loved all the characters through the series and with the final battle, some deaths definitely made an impact.

The storyline in this book developed well. We got a glimpse of life on the Crags and the Ridge. We saw alliances be made and we saw everyone fight for a free and fair life.

The final battle was written well. It was long enough and detailed enough to do it justice. Everything was building up to it and I was glad that it wasn’t rushed. It was definitely exciting to read. I liked how everything turned out, although a certain death was a little bit of a stab in the chest. I see why it happened and it definitely had the impact it intended, but still, I would have loved for it to not have happened. I also enjoyed the look to the future that we got.

Overall, this series is brilliant. The characters are great, the storyline is brilliant and I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*