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*

Redemption (The Sophisticates Book 3) by Christine Manzari

This is the 3rd book in The Sophisticates series.

The hunted have become the hunters.

Cleo finally has the freedom that she’s always craved, but it’s come at a terrible price—the Program wants to terminate the Deviant Dozen and now she and her friends are on the run. To make matters worse, she’s finally learned to use her deviation—except when she’s around Ozzy. Even an innocent touch or kiss can cause her skills to spiral out of control. He’s the last person she’d ever want to hurt, but he’s also the one in the most danger if she can’t learn to master her skills and emotions.

Ozzy’s duty has always been to protect the Dozen, but now he must make the difficult choice between laying low to stay safe or starting an all-out war so that the Dozen can truly be free. He knows that if they have any chance of outsmarting the Program, they’ll have to look for help in unlikely places—even if that means trusting their enemies.

Rune and the Others have always been anonymous, hiding in the shadows as they carried out acts of terror and revenge. That all changed the moment the Program discovered they existed. To survive, Rune and the Others will be forced to make an alliance that is just as likely to kill them as it is to save them.

Program officials are determined to erase their mistakes, but when they terrorize innocent civilians and Sophisticates in an effort to flush out the Dozen, they discover a harsh truth—the weapons they created are fighting back.

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

Cleo is a great character. She steps up and does what needs to be done in this book and plays to her strengths. Ozzy is a brilliant character too. I’ve enjoyed reading their relationship develop and enjoyed having both points of view. I think having them both, added to the storyline but also towards their character development. It was great to see what they both thought of eachother.

Rune was another great character and very much the voice for the Others. His point of view was very much needed and allowed us to get a wider picture of the plot.

Persephone had a brilliant character development. She doesn’t get along with the others and has caused a fsir amount of issues for the Dozen, but what she does is very redeeming. I also loved Queenie. She developed a lot as the storyline progressed and I actually grew to like her. All the Dozen and the Others became brilliant characters and each one had a part to play.

I enjoyed how the story developed and found the end satisfying. The ‘in the future’ chapters were brilliant additions to round the story off, especially the little twist at the end.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this series and would definitely recommend it. The characters are great, the story is great and it ends well.

My rating: 5/5*