Kings of Quarantine (Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep Book 1) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the first book in the Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep series.

Cruel. Heartless. Quarantined.
The ruthless boys of Everlake Prep never saw lockdown coming.
But the virus isn’t their number one enemy.
I am.

And as if being confined to a boarding school for the elite wasn’t bad enough, now I’m stuck in isolation with the boys who hate me most too.

Saint, Kyan and Blake. The Night Keepers. Or so they call themselves. They’ve embodied the Native American legend which lives in this valley, taking on the role of the monsters who lurk in the forest. And though they act like beasts, they may also be the most tempting creatures I’ve ever seen.

With the virus escalating and my dad’s name splashed through the news, my entire world is falling apart. What he did has cast a dark shadow over me. And the Night Keepers want to make me pay for his crimes.

Then things went from bad to worse when I touched the sacred rock. A rock which supposedly holds a curse to bind me as the Night Keepers’ slave. And as crazy as it sounds, I decided to play along. Because there are things about me they don’t know. Things my dad has hidden from me for years. All I can be sure of is that I have to find a way to escape this school. But until then, those savage boys are making my life a living hell.

As the virus sweeps through the country and the world twists into something ugly and unknown, the kings of this school become true monarchs. Even the teachers bow to them now. And I’m kinda glad about that ‘stay six feet away from one another’ rule, because without it, I know they’d rip me apart.

At least there’s a silver lining. I’m cosying up to Coach Monroe. My hot as hell, brooding P.E. teacher who has a vendetta of his own against the Night Keepers. And with his help, I may succeed at doing more than escaping the clutches of these heartless fiends. I might even destroy them along the way.

My father taught me how to be strong.

How to prepare for the end of the world.

So this isn’t going to be the end of my world, mark my words.

But if I’m able to use my mind and body to bring these assholes to their knees, it might just be the end of theirs.

I absolutely loved this book. The storyline is brilliant and very relevant at the moment, the characters are great and the plot develops well.

Tatum is a great character. She’s strong and fierce but also very down to earth. She gets knocked down hard but always comes back fighting. I feel sorry for her at points because the bullying is brutal.

The boys are brilliant and all very different. Blake started of nice, but he has his issues. I can understand his behaviour more so than the others although he takes it too far. Kyan is a great character and probably my favourite out of the three Night Keepers. He’s dark and twisted, but there’s more than mets the eyes to him. I’m looking forward to seeing more to him and the series progresses. Saint is a sadistic lunatic. I don’t like him. He takes thing way to far and I hope he gets knocked down a peg or two as the story develops.

Monroe is my favourite. There’s a darkness to him and he can be an arsehole, but he isn’t sadistic or crazed like the three boys. I love a forbidden romance and the tension between him and Tatum is driving me nuts. I really hope it continues to grow between them and that he gives in eventually.

You can’t fault the character development at all.

The storyline is brilliant. I loved how close to home it is right now, but this was taken to a whole new level with more to it. I’m really looking for the next book in the series.

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

My rating: 5/5*

Rebel Rising (Cage of Lies book 1) by Susanne Valenti and Caroline Peckham

This is the first book in the Cage of Lies series.

I live in a cage.
This city is a lie.
And I’m done following the rules.

No one knows what lurks beyond The Wall.

Only criminals are sent into the wastelands to face the Lawless Trials and I never thought I’d find myself fighting amongst the ruthless convicts who live in the shadows of society.

But the more rules I break, the more secrets I unveil.

Like the fact that not everyone beyond The Wall was killed by the contamination a hundred years ago.

Some of them became something…else.

I got too close to the truth and now I have no choice but to play their twisted games or else risk the contamination beyond the borders of the arena.

So when a wild man offers me the possibility of a new life in the ravished world, I have to take it.

Coal Carson is like no man I’ve ever met. He’s strong, savage, fierce and the freedom that shines in his dark eyes calls to me like nothing I’ve ever known.

A life with him is wrought with danger, but also hope…and maybe even love.

But the Guardians won’t let me run for long. They’re coming to destroy me before I uncover the truth they’ve spent so long disguising. And I’ll do whatever it takes to stay ahead of them.

But with the full force of the city coming for me, I might just have to find a way to fight back

I loved reading this book. It had a brilliant storyline, the plot developed well and the characters are brilliant.

I loved this series when it was initially released as Chained and I can’t wait to read it again and see what changes have been made.

Maya is a great character. Her personality shines the whole way through. She’s not quite able to defend herself like Laurie, but she’s not totally useless either. I liked seeing here learn new skills before the trials and I loved seeing her learn about the world outside of the city. Her and Laurie’s reaction to the outside initially is brilliant.

Coal is brilliant. I love his character and I loved seeing his relationship with Maya grow. He’s strong and fierce, but he also has a caring side too. I also love Alicia and Laurie. They’re both brilliant characters. I love how the four of them gel together. Hunter is also a great character. However, with Taylor, there’s something about him which annoys me. If I recall, I felt the same way with the previous release too.

The storyline is brilliant. I love the post-apocalyptic setting and I love the idea behind the creepers. After reading the Tainted Earth series, I loved the little link at the beginning to that. I felt it was an added treat.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. The characters and storyline were brilliant and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Darkmore Penitentiary (Supernatural Prison for Dark Fae Book 1) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the first book in the Supernatural Prison for Dark Fae series set in the Zodiac Academy world of Solaria.

“We’re going to own you.”
“We’re going to break you.”
“When we’re through with you, you won’t remember life before you were ours.”
That’s what they whisper as I pass their cells.

Ha. Guess what bastardos? I’m Rosalie Oscura, champion underground cage-fighter and freaking Alpha Werewolf from the infamous Oscura Clan. My family wrote the book on criminal organisations and I’ll be ruling this place by the time the next moon rises.

Papà always said my hot head would land me in here one day. The supernatural prison they call Darkmore Penitentiary. Where they send the cruellest, most dangerous Fae in Solaria. Like me apparently.

I’ve always had a thing for Alpha males, but the ones in here don’t have a thing for me. Especially after what I did to them…

I accidentally insulted a ruthless Lion Shifter and riled up his army of cutthroat followers.

I may have enraged the sinful Incubus who’s been condemned to isolation for committing an unspeakable crime.

Despite my better judgement, I taunted the sinister Vampire guard who has a dark vendetta against me.

And I kinda deceived the black-hearted Werewolf who rules over my sworn enemies. Though I blame fate for that one – bitch never was on my side.

I don’t know why I’m surprised, I always did have a knack for getting into trouble.

Just look at my criminal record:

Driving Under the Influence of the Moon (I’m a Werewolf, I’m always under the influence of the moon, duh)

One count of MIPS – Minor in Possession of Stardust (I’m just glad they never figured out why I was using it)

Bedazzlement (I can’t help it if I dazzle people into giving me their money)

Alpha Wolf Status Abuse (It’s calling being a leader, idiotas)

Hijacking a Pegasus and riding him through a rainbow on private property (Totally his idea)

Coercing two members of law enforcement to dance naked on the top of their vehicle for seven hours (What’s not hilarious about that?)

Bank Robbery (All that gold was getting lonely stuck in that vault)

Murdering a security guard (Alright I regret that one, but it was a total accident)

So maybe I deserve to be in prison, but do you want to know a secret?

I planned to get sent to Darkmore Penitentiary.

I’ve come to break out the most notorious criminal in Solaria.

The trouble is, I need the help of the four Alpha males to get out of here. And they happen to hate each other almost as much as they hate me.

But I always did love a challenge.

How hard could it be to make them accept me as their leader?

This book was brilliant. I loved the storyline, I love the characters and I loved seeing another side to Solaria.

Rosalie is absolutely brilliant. We saw a younger her in the Dark Fae series, but seeing how she’s grown was brilliant. She’s strong, clever, and a true Alpha.

I loved the guys as well. They are all so different. It was great to see Roary. He is coming across so different to how he was with Leon in Dark Fae. Ethan was also a great character and I enjoyed seeing Rosalie and his relationship developed, especially seeing how they’re from different gangs. Sin was also an interesting character. It’s the first we get to see of an Incubus and I’m looking forward to seeing more of his personality.

Cain was by far my favourite. His relationship with Rosalie was brilliant to read, although frustrating at times. I really want to see him relax a little and just give in to his feelings, but also given his position, I can see why he doesn’t. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of him and seeing how his relationship with Rosalie develops.

The storyline was brilliant and the plot developed at a good pace. The ending was frustrating. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and seeing how the story develops.

I would definitely recommend this book, and indeed, all the books based in Solaria.

My rating: 5/5*

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*

Alchemy Academy release

‘I released another scream as a sharp pain pulsated through my head. I even felt Miles recoil a little next to me.
“We need to do something,” I could hear the desperation in his voice. 
“Let me try something.”
I saw the blurred figure of what I assumed was Levi leaning over me. He began mumbling some sort of Latin, or so I thought it was. 
Pain pierced my skull like a sledgehammer had slammed into it and I screamed again, louder and harder. 
Then it stopped.’

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.

Alchemy Academy is out now!
It would be amazing if you could check it out, or at least share this post!

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*