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*

Finch Merlin and the Forgotten Kingdom by Bella Forrest

This is the 14th book in the Harley Merlin series and the 5th one in the Finch Merlin series.

Finch is in deep, with no surface in sight.

He hadn’t expected a welcoming party when they whirlpooled into Atlantis—although “welcoming” isn’t exactly the right word. More like “mildly hostile.”

As descendants of the powerful Primus Anglicus, the Atlanteans are not to be trifled with. But Erebus isn’t leaving until he gets what he wants—and neither is Davin. Caught in the midst of a political battle royale, Finch can only ride out the waves.

And he knows he’ll be lucky to escape this underwater prison without leaving anyone behind.

For Melody, being trapped in an ancient, unfamiliar city is a dream come true. She hungers to fill the gaps in her knowledge, and Atlantis is a delicious buffet, from love potions and Death Day celebrations to beautiful and dangerous creatures.

Navigating this new world isn’t so scary with her trusty bodyguard by her side, though she must protect her own heart. History has shown that the Librarian isn’t supposed to fall in love… but what if it’s already too late?

I love this series. Finch is brilliant, the storyline is great and I love the way the plot develops.

Finch is having such a terrible time with things really. I love his will power to protect his friends and how he keeps going on even when everything is against him. He always manages to keep his sense of humour through it all.

I loved Melody’s perspective in this book. It was brilliant to see what’s going on in her Librarian head. Luke grew on me in this book, seeing him through her eyes. He hadn’t done so up until now, so I enjoyed seeing them two together in this book and seeing their relationship grow.

I love all the other characters. I’m feeling sorry for Ryann, stuck in this world with Lux and having to endure everything when she doesn’t have any magic like the others.

I also think Erebus and Lux are both written really well.

I loved seeing Atlantis and learning about their ways. Kaya is a great character, and I can understand things from her point of view, even if I don’t agree with them. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this world and their ways.

I’m enjoying the direction the plot is taking. There are twists you don’t see coming and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

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

My rating: 5/5*

Dead Remnants by Armarna Forbes

Welcome to the afterlife of Denver—where phantom buffalo roam and ghost factions wage war.Seventeen-year-old Ashen Deming is dead, but she can’t move on. Not with the soul of her best friend on the line. He is stuck in a horrific curse—a curse no spirit knows how to break.Ashen is determined to find a cure, but at every turn opposing factions try to snatch her for themselves. As the menacing specters close in, a new threat is exposed—one that looms over the dead and the living—and Ashen and her posse of ghosts have one brief chance to stop them. If they fail, the entire world will be lost to darkness forever.But Ashen’s time is running out. If she doesn’t cross over soon, she will be damned to roam the haunted city for eternity.

I enjoyed this book. The storyline was good and well thought out, the characters were good and the plot developed at a good pace.

I liked Ashen. She was a good character. Finding out you’ve died at such a young age would come as a shock, but she got through it and accepted it. I liked how her character developed and in the end, she was brave enough to do what needed to be done. I liked her will to help Jacob, which ultimately, led to many others being helped.

I liked all the other characters she meets. Max was a particular favourite of mine as well as the cowboy. I liked the addition of all the back stories. It enhanced the story. Some of them were pretty brutal though. I loved the animal guardians. They were a great added detail.

The book was well written, although I personally prefer reading books in first person perspective. The written perspective of this book did work for this story though. It did also take me a little while to properly get into it.

I wasn’t keen on the ending. I get that Ashen did the right thing and all, but I would have liked to see her find happiness with Max.

Overall, this is a very well written book with a good storyline and good characters. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*