Owned by Magic (Ruled by Magic Book 2) by Zara J Black

This is the second book in the Rules by Magic series.

I’ll be safe in the prince’s bed, from everyone but him.

I stole from a brutal street gang, and now they want me dead. There’s only one place they can’t touch me. The palace. But safety comes at the cost of my freedom. I’ll sell myself as a courtesan, serve for five years, and leave with enough money to pay my debt.

Crown Prince Adante wields his power like a knife, and when his gaze turns my way, I know he could destroy me. An innocent mistake earns his attention—along with bruised knees and a painful punishment.

I should listen to the others. I shouldn’t catch his eye again. But I’ve always courted danger, and in the prince, I see a chance at power and revenge. He loves to gamble—sadistic games of pleasure and pain.

All I can wager are my body, mind, and soul. And I play to win.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are brilliant and the storyline was good.

I went into this book unsure about how I would find Adante. He came across as a right dick in the last book so I was half expecting to hate him. It’s safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

Adante was a brilliant character. You understood him more in this book. He started out as a bit of a dick and was a little harsh at times, but as the story progressed, you slowly understood him. Talia was a great character. She was strong, independent and intelligent. I like how her relationship with the Prince grew. They were both using each other and then it became something real. The spice between them was brilliant as well.

It was interesting to see how things progressed from his point of view regarding the events at the end of the last book. The King seems to be the one feeding the fire here, and clearly Adante and Leo don’t know each others thoughts. The situation could be easily fixed really without the whole ordeal with occurred if they just communicated without the King being a dick.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book and seeing how everything pans out.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The series is great with fantastic characters.

My rating: 5/5*

Ruled by Magic (Book 1) by Zara J Black

This is the first book in the series.

To earn my freedom, I must submit.

I’m facing years in prison. My crime? Exposing the sordid secrets of Dexia’s magical elite. In my oppressive territory, mages hold all the power, magical tech is outlawed, and sexuality is repressed.

At my sentencing I expect a bored judge, but instead I get a crowd, reporters, and a handsome mage everyone seems to fear. He makes me kneel at his feet, and offers me a deal. Serve six months as his plaything, and leave a free woman. Shame burns through me, but I accept.

He’s Leopold Rahl, Dexia’s new Lord Commander, the strongest mage in living memory. He’s hunted me for months. He means to see me punished.

And I’ve fallen right into his trap.

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

I liked Liv. She was a strong character and you kind of understood her reasoning for going through with everything. She was strong to cope with everything.

Leo was quite a complex character. He treated her horribly at the beginning with all if the humiliation. Yes, he had his reasoning, but he quickly learnt that what she did wasn’t out of malice. I enjoyed seeing him slowly change and seeing his feelings slowly develop.

The storyline was good, although the world building could have been a little clearer. We were thrown into how non-mages and mages were in society and how women were expected to dress. A little more explanation would have made why Leo dressed Liv the way he did more clear and why it was humiliating. You still get the idea eventually though.

It was nice when Leo and Liv established their feelings for once another. Liv enjoyed how he used her body and he knew it, but it meant more when there were feelings involved. As much as he enjoyed humiliating her, he understood that she didn’t like it. After the ending, I would love to know how they both progressed. How much freedom did Leo give her after everything? How did things change after what happened and his newfound status? It leaves you wanting to read the rest of the series knowing that book 3 will conclude them as well as the characters in book 2.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The characters were great and storyline was good.

My rating: 5/5*

Her Soul To Take (Souls Trilogy) by Harley Laroux

This is the first book in the Souls Trilogy, although each book can be read as a standalone.

Leon I earned my reputation among magicians for a reason: one wrong move and you’re dead. Killer, they called me, and killing is what I’m best at. Except her. The one I was supposed to take, the one I should have killed – I didn’t. The cult that once controlled me wants her, and I’m not about to lose my new toy to them.

Rae I’ve always believed in the supernatural. Hunting for ghosts is my passion, but summoning a demon was never part of the plan. Monsters are roaming the woods, and something ancient – something evil – is waking up and calling my name. I don’t know who I can trust, or how deep this darkness goes. All I know is my one shot at survival is the demon stalking me, and he doesn’t just want my body – he wants my soul.

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

Rae was a great character. She was fierce and strong willed. You have to admire what she went through and came out the other side fighting.

Leon is a fantastic character. He was interesting and witty. How do I summon a demon because after reading this, I kind of want one. I loved watching his relationship with Rae grow and develop. How it turned from a desire to a genuine love was great. I loved reading them both together and the scenes were definitely hot.

The plot was great. I loved the paranormal touch and all of the different creatures. It was a great story and it ended well.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

Feral Wolf (Darkmore Penitentiary Book 3) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the third book in the Darkmore Penitentiary series.

Books 1 and 2 have been renamed to Caged Wolf (Darkmore Penitentiary Book 1) and Alpha Wolf (Darkmore Penitentiary Book 2).

A morte e ritorno.

My family’s motto circles in my mind as I look this problem dead on and try to figure it out.

I’ve faced worse than this. Survived worse odds than this. I won’t let this failure break me.

We have 72 hours to turn this around.

72 hours to make a new plan out of the dregs of the old.

72 hours until all hope is lost.

This task is impossible, but I still like my chances. I have an ace in my pocket and his name is Mason Cain. He might not want to help me, but I don’t plan on giving him a choice in the matter.

My name is Rosalie Oscura. And I refuse to let anything beat me

I absolutely love this series. The characters are fantastic and the storyline is brilliant. I just love Solaria.

Rosalie is fantastic. She’s a true Alpha. She’s strong and determined, and I absolutely love how she always makes the best of each situation and finds a way to make a plan.

I absolutely love Mason Cain. I love how his relationship with Rosalie has developed. He’s hurt and angey after the end of book 2, and I loved seeing him come to terms with the truth. Seeing him willing to help her eventually has been great and watching him accept his feelings had been brilliant. I love seeing them both together. He’s by far my favourite of the boys.

Ethan and Roary are both great too. I’ve enjoyed watching the relationship between them and Rosalie develop. The relationship between the three of them has been great as well. I’m happy with what happened between Rosalie and Roary, but it also made the ending so much worst.

Sin is brilliant. He’s a whole new breed of crazy and I loved it. I think Roaslie was right to get angry at him after he keeps messing up though, but ultimately, that led to his plan which did work. I loved his never-ending supply of lemons. I felt sorry for him at times when he’s thinking that he’s the outsider. It was nice to see Rosalie assuring him that he isn’t.

I think Rosalie’s relationship with all four boys are brilliant and I loved seeing them gradually getting to know each other. They are all dominant, alpha men and sharing Rosalie isn’t exactly natural for them, yet they are making it work.

Plunger. Jesus. He’s just…wow. I absolutely loved the odd Hastings chapters and what he witnessed was hilarious. Potatoes. That’s all.

I laughed a lot. Although what the hell do you have against innocent food?

The small easter eggs mentioning what happened 5 years are painful. It’s making me anxious about Zodiac Academy.

The ending. Our Celestial authors are a little evil sometimes. I shouted at my kindle. Holy shit, it wasn’t something I saw coming. How the hell is that going to be fixed?

I can’t wait for the next book. Overall, this series is brilliant and I loved this book. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Zodiac Academy 6: Fated Throne by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the sixth book in the Supernatural bullies and beasts series.

Fate has torn us apart and sometimes I believe the stars have given up on us altogether.

Without my sister, the world seems darker than ever before and the shadows loom thicker, rising up to answer the call of the Shadow Princess and changing the face of Solaria for good.

Now Lionel Acrux has the strength to make a move for the throne, I’m not sure how much time we have left to stop him.

Our only hope is to find the Imperial Star before he does. We made the sacrifice the stars called for and we’re paying the price for that decision so it can’t be for nothing.

But with the stars turning against us at every move, and the last light in the world seeming to fade, I’m afraid we’re almost out of time.

Hope is a dangerous thing. It’s the key to us fighting on. But it could be what destroys us in the end.

One thing is for certain, I won’t stop until I have been reunited with my other half and together we will fight to take our crowns.

A war is coming.

The throne is calling for a new monarch.

And someone must answer its call.

I’ll try and make this series as spoiler free as I can manage, but this book wasn’t half a roller-coaster of a ride to read.

I absolutely love this series. It’s absolutely fantastic. The storyline is amazing, the characters are absolutely brilliant and the plot keeps developing well.

F#cking Lionel.

It was amazing how much I said those words. Jesus christ that man is a monster. I’ve never hated anyone a much as I hate that dragon. He’s just… Ugh. The whole way through this book he was ughh. He keeps getting worse and worse. I can’t wait to see that monster of a man die.

I felt so sorry for his family. Catalina, Xavier and Darius put up with so much shit. My heart went out for them with the way he treats them. At least there was a small bit of good in this book with Catalina.

I loved Xavier and Geraldine’s chapters in this book. I love them both. It was brilliant to see Xavier come into his own in the academy, and seeing him with Sofia and wanting to become the Dom. There was plenty of humour. Geraldine is just the best. I love her. Tory and Darcy are so lucky to have her support, even if she’s a little over the top at time. I love her relationship with Max as well. I seriously hope that they end up together at some point.

Caleb and Seth were both brilliant together in this book. I loved it when Rosalie made an appearance. I seriously hope these two admit their feelings to each other at some point. They were annoyingly close at one point.

This book seemed to be the King of interrupting good moments.

The Heirs in general all became fantastic. It’s amazing how I hated them at the beginning and love them all now. Their support for helping Darcy and Tory is brilliant, and their willingness to risk their lives for them is endearing.

Oh god, my heart went out for Tory in this book. Jesus christ, what she went through with Lionel. That monster of a man. It was so hard to read her being Guardian Bonded to daddy dragon. I loved what Darcy and the others did for her and eventually she owned that shit.

Lionel Acrux seriously needs to die though.

Clara is a phycho. I loved what we learnt about her though. It was satisfying to learn more about the Shadow Princess. I really want to see that bitch die though. Even at the end, the bloody shadows. Gah. What the hell had that bitch done to Darcy at the end? There better be a way to fix it.

Darcy was absolutely fantastic in this book. She was so fierce and strong. I loved that she got everyone pheonix weapons. I loved her relationship with Seth in this book. He’s a fantastic friend and I loved seeing him trying to make Lance jealous.

Lance Orion is the best. I’m in love with him. I loved what happened to him in this book, although it wasn’t freedom either. His relationship with Darcy is everything, and as frustrating as it is, I was kind of glad that she didn’t forgive him straight away. He needed to grovel.

I don’t want to spoil too much, but the moments at the end between them were everything

Amongst everything going wrong, there was still plenty of humour. Geraldine in general, Xavier and his dijazzle.

I loved the prophecies, even though they are very cryptic. Gabriel is the best. Thank god he’s there, because he is literally saving everyone’s lives.

The stars are arseholes.

Darius. Holy shit, what have you done? The ending. God, I seriously hope that there’s a way around it. That sacrifice. Ahh. I get that he needed to agree to it, because it was the reason that everyone got away at the end. But by the stars, there has to be a way to change it. I don’t think I can cope if there isn’t.

I loved the moments he got with Tory and the fact he agreed to that price shows his love for her. I hope they make the most of it and steal the moments they never got to have.

The ending was brilliant and rather than a cliffhanger, it was a more natural place to stop. The whole ending was excellent, exciting, tense, action packed. Par what Darius did, it was brilliant. I loved the fact everyone was there to help.

At least they had a small win against Lionel… Kind of. I have to hand it to our Celestial Authors…

Overall, this is one of my favourite series, and our Celestial Authors have completely outdone themselves again. This book was a emotional roller-coaster. I would completely recommend this series, although you have to start from the beginning with book 1. I can’t wait for the next book, the final book in the series.

P.S f#cking Lionel.

And apologies for the language, but that’s the best way I can sum up my feelings towards Lionel Acrux.

My rating: 5/5*

Darkmore Penitentiary 2: Captive Fae (Supernatural Prison for Dark Fae) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the second book in the Supernatural Prison for Dark Fae series.

I came here with a single goal in mind. An aim. A purpose.
I will break out of Darkmore Penitentiary.

But I was a fool to think that it would be so simple. And now with more and more Fae relying on me to get them out of this slice of hell, I find myself unable to do a damn thing.

Mason Cain stabbed me in the back and left me to rot in the dark. So now I have another goal in mind before I escape this place, because no one messes with the Queen of the Oscura Clan and lives to tell the tale. The moment I get out of this place, my sights will be set on him.

Between the four alpha males luring me in, the psychopaths trying to kill me and the monster roaming the halls at night, I have my hands full in here.

But one thing is for sure. I’m not throwing my life away in this place.

So I’ll do whatever it takes to escape.

This was absolutely fantastic. The storyline was brilliant, the characters are great and once again, our Celestial Authors have outdone themselves.

Rosalie is such a strong feisty character. After spending that amount of time in the hole, and coming out of it sane, she deserves a darn medal. I love her relationship with all of the guys, and love how it’s developing with each of them. Her group therepy sessions were absolutely hilarious, and I loved how Cain reacted to them.

Mason Cain has stolen my heart. I absolutely love him. He is an absolute stronzo for sure, but he let out his softer side at moments in this book. Once Rosalie told him what her father did to her, he felt bad for what he’d done. He’s growing relationship with her is absolutely brilliant and I loved the moment he gave in to his desires. Mason at the end though… Oh my god, I was feeling so sorry for him. I sure as hell hope that Rosalie isn’t too much of a arse towards him in the next book, and I hope he does actually help her.

I love Sin. He’s hilarious, but bloody hell he doesn’t listen. I also love Ethan. It was great to see him finally grow some balls towards the end of the book. Both of them with Rosalie was hot as hell.

Roary is probably least favourite out of them, although I do still like him. I just don’t see the natural chemistry between him and Rosalie, but that may be because he keeps holding back. He deserves to get out of this prison, and I sure as help he does. I hope they all do.

I set myself up for everything to go wrong at the end. It was all going too well and nothing ever goes that well. I didn’t expect it to happen the way it did though and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book now that they have a deadline. I’m also intrigued to see how the news about phych will play out.

Our Celestial Authors need to keep some food sacred. Is nothing safe? Gah. Thank for ruining more food items I love.

I love all of the easter eggs we get, but I have so many questions.

Who is Benjamin Acrux? What the hell happened with Darius? What happened with Ryder? Gahhh

This book was absolutely fantastic. I love the storyline and the characters are absolutely fantastic. All the books in Solaria are fantastic and I would definitely recommend them all.

P.S I love Mason Cain.

My rating: 5/5*

Alchemy Academy: Champions Secret (Book 3)

Book 3 of an upper YA magic academy romance series, Alchemy Academy: Champions Secret, is out today!

Break the lock – Check
Retrieve the Ruby – Check
Now to enter the dark realm and bargain for my freedom.
Everything has come together at last, and I’m ready.
How could anything go wrong now?
It couldn’t .

How wrong I was to believe that.
Things couldn’t get any worse and I’m now faced with the biggest challenge of my life.
I will conquer it though.
I have to.

Haven’t started the series yet? Check out Alchemy Academy (Book 1)

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.


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Broken Fae (Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac Book 4) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the 4th book in the Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series.

Me and my kings have come as close to breaking as I ever could have feared.

Just as we were finding a way to get past our difficulties, the stars have torn us apart. Can I fight against the will of the heavens or does fate have something unforeseen in store for me now?

While we’e reeling from the wheel of fate and trying to find a way to move on with our lives, our enemies are only growing more powerful.

Felix Oscura is haunting Alestria with his bloodthirsy need to steal the power of the clan he was never destined to rule over. And the illusive King is growing closer to their goal of taking control of the entire city and maybe even beyond.

With challenges around every corner and the mysteries behind my brother’s death slowly starting to unravel, will I be able to piece everything together and find a way to overcome the will of the stars before it’s too late?

This book was absolutely fantastic. The storyline was brilliant and the characters continued to develop well.

I absolutely love Elise. She’s such a strong and determined character. I love her connection to all the boys as well.

Gabriel is my favourite, and he came out of himself in this book. I loved seeing him with the other 3, and his growing relationship with Ryder is fantastic. Both of them are great together.

I also love Leon and Dante. Leon makes me laugh. He’s brilliant. I enjoyed seeing his relationship with Elise develop after their newfound bond. Dante is just a brilliant character and my heart went out to him after the whole Lionel incident. That man is an absolute monster and I hope he gets what he deserves in the Zodiac Academy series. I also loved seeing a young Rosalie in this book.

The storyline was brilliant. It was great to see the moments between the 4 men and Elise. Christmas was brilliant to read. The relationship and gang situation between Dante and Ryder was done so well. The situation with King also developed well, although holy shit, the ending.

I can’t wait to read the next book, because as usual, what a cliffhanger. This series is absolutely fantastic and I would definitely recommend it. All of the Solaria book are fantastic, (Zodiac Academy, Darkmore Penitentiary.) This world is simply fantastic.

My rating: 5/5

Alchemy Academy!

Alchemy Academy (Book 1) free until Monday!

Book 1 of an upper YA magic academy romance series!

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: Shadow Cove (Book 2)

Alchemy Academy: Champions Secret (Book 3) is up for pre-order and releases on 2nd October.

Academy of the Forgotten (Cursed Studies Book 1) by Eva Chase

This is the first book in the Cursed Studies series

Three haunted young men. A terrible curse. One girl who could break it… if this place doesn’t break her first.

From the first time my parents decided that getting their next hit mattered more than keeping me fed, I learned I couldn’t trust anyone—until Cade. My foster brother took me under his wing and sheltered me from the worst of the crap thrown at us.

So when he heads off on an exclusive scholarship and everyone around me starts denying he ever existed, Roseborne College has some explaining to do. I’m not leaving until I get answers.

The school I barge into isn’t what I pictured. The staff claim Cade’s never been here. The students glare like just looking at me offends them. The classes involve more torment than teaching, while sobs and howls fill the night. And three very different, unnervingly appealing guys—one of them a teacher—act way too invested in my arrival.

Some unnatural power holds this place in its grip. The more I dig, the more horrors I uncover. Finding Cade might not be my biggest problem after all. It’s looking like none of us, me included, will escape this place alive.

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

Trix was a good character. She was strong and stubborn. She’s also thinking about others more than herself although she is also very much a damaged soul.

I liked the three boys. Each of them are different. I feel like Ryo stood out more than the others although Jenson was also an interesting character. I feel like that there’s more to them than we know yet. Elias was my favourite. He’s protective although he’s keeping things back and I feel like there’s some tension between them that needs an outlet.

I’m looking forward to seeing how her relationship with each of them develops.

The storyline was definitely different. There’s many mysteries in this place which were only just seeing the surface off. I’m interested to know more about what’s happened to her brother.

My only criticism is that it took a little while for the pace to pick up. It was only the second half of the book where the action started to happen.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book. The storyline was good and the characters are great. I’m intrigued to see what happens in the next book.

My rating: 4/5*