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A Spectacle of Souls (Circus of the Stolen Book 1) by Jessica Julien – My Review

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Title: A Spectacle of Souls (Circus of the Stolen Book 1)

Author: Jessica Julien

Release Date: July 7th 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Caitlyn always thought she was just your average small-town waitress, but she’s anything but average. Suffering from frequent headaches and vivid daydreams, her oddities mask a secret hidden deep within her mind—one that could defeat even the cleverest of psychics.

When a mysterious circus arrives in town, Caitlyn is immediately drawn to it. While visiting the hypnotic show, she meets a seer who warns her of a gruesome future and urges her to stay away. But soon, Caitlyn finds herself ensnared in the show and the Ringmaster himself.

Recognizing Caitlyn’s powers for what they are, and believing they are the ones he has been searching for, the Ringmaster is determined to claim them as his own. Trapped within the circus and the Ringmaster’s devious grip, Caitlyn realizes that to escape the seer’s foretold fate, her only choice is to fight. Banding together with Bevier, an imprisoned psychic, Meg, an eccentric seamstress, and Daniel, a handsome magician, Caitlyn falls into the Psychic Realm to thwart the Ringmaster and stop the show before they succumb to his control and are trapped forever in his spectacle of souls.

Intriguing! Fantastic! A Spectacle of Souls is that magical read that feels worlds apart. I have to say that I haven’t read anything like this and that made my black heart happy. After a couple of chapters, I was fully invested and had to keep reading till the very end. NO BREAKS! I liked that there was more to some of the characters than at first glance. Those same characters surprised me by their actions and I really liked that! The magic aspect was good and I liked the author’s take on it. It’s those little touches that can take a story from good to fantastic. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I enjoyed her writing and storytelling style. I look forward to reading more by her. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


From the Ashes (Alice Worth Series) by Lisa Edmonds – My Review

Title: From The Ashes (Alice Worth Series)

Author: Lisa Edmonds

Genre: Urban Fantasy

You’re probably wondering how I ended up in jail with no magic. Believe it or not, it started in a used bookstore called McCann’s, just after lunch…

Meet Alice Worth. Mage private investigator, smart-ass, whisky connoisseur. As a PI who follows her own code, Alice has done plenty of things that might have landed her in jail, but she never expected to end up handcuffed to a table in an interrogation room on her day off. The situation goes from merely inconvenient to deadly serious when she discovers nothing about the crime she’s accused of is what it seems.

From The Ashes is a quick short read that features my girl Alice! She suddenly finds herself in a situation that she can’t easily get out of….or can she? I thought this little side story gave us a little more insight into Alice and her past. It makes me wonder if I’ll get another visit from a certain character in one of the other books…. I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

This novella is available exclusively from www.LisaEdmonds.com.


Blood Money: Alice Worth Novella by Lisa Edmonds – My Review

Title: Blood Money: Alice Worth Novella

Author: Lisa Edmonds

Release Date: February 13th 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Charles Vaughan has always had great taste in women, and the Vampire Court’s newest investigator, Alice Worth, looks very tasty indeed.

Find out how Charles first met Alice in this thrilling prequel to Heart of Malice!

After an epidemic of attacks by newly risen vampires terrorizes the city, authorities pressure Charles Vaughan and the Vampire Court to determine who is responsible. Complicating matters, a local businessman hires infamous bounty hunter Jack Justice to find and execute the rogues after his sister is attacked. Justice and his entourage turn the city and the investigation into a three-ring circus of media attention, vamp-hunter groupies, and self-appointed “deputy” vamp hunters.

When mage symbology is found on a captured rogue vamp, Charles enlists the help of veteran mage private investigator Mark Dunlap to figure out what involvement mages have in the attacks. Dunlap brings in his newly hired MPI-in-training Alice Worth to help unravel the mystery.

In two hundred years, Charles has never met anyone quite like Alice. Minutes after meeting him for the first time, she threatens to burn down Vampire Court headquarters. By the end of the night, Charles is sure of two things: Alice is not who or what she seems, and someday she will be his…if she doesn’t get herself killed first.

Loved loved loved getting an inside look into Charles Vaughan!! He piqued my interest from book one and he did not disappoint. There’s more to this sexy powerful vampire. This story was a wild ride from beginning to end. Danger, rogue vamps, and even more danger? YES PLEASE!! Did I also mention some kick butt magic? It was also awesome to see Alice from a different point of view. The story was fantastic! Well written and kept me on my toes. There are some twists and some definite surprises….yeah. I can’t wait to read more!! This is fast becoming one of my favorite series! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Just For One Night: A Story Based on the Novel Heart of Malice (Alice Worth Series) by Lisa Edmonds – My Review

Title: Just For One Night: A Story Based on the Novel Heart of Malice (Alice Worth Series)

Author: Lisa Edmonds

Release Date: July 11th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

The jukebox is playing Eddie Money and dawn is only an hour away, and Sean Maclin sees something he wants, even if it’s just for the night. Relive one of the most memorable encounters from Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, Book 1) through Sean’s eyes in this short story.

It’s been a long workday for Sean, alpha werewolf and co-owner of a private security company. Rather than go home, he heads for Hawthorne’s, a popular late-night bar catering to the city’s night owls, looking for good music and a drink to unwind. Someone else is headed to Hawthorne’s tonight too after a long and eventful day: Alice Worth, mage private investigator, is hoping for an audience with the bar’s vampire owner.

A chance meeting changes everything for a woman who lives in the shadows and a man who prowls the night by moonlight.

Just For One Night is a bonus story based on Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, Book 1)

I was ecstatic to learn this book was from Sean’s point of view!! That man is just manly sexiness *fans self* I usually lean towards Vampires BUT Sean is one hot alpha shifter!! There’s so much more to him and I really dig that. He’s smart and a good person. This short story had me wanting more! I give this 5 stars!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


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Dream Wanderer (The Dreamer Series Book 1)

By K.M. Sparks & Michelle Areaux

~Synopsis~

Dream Wanderer isn’t the type of thing that you would include on your list of high school superlatives. But, with this ‘gift’ of magic I was born with, there really isn’t anything else to describe me.

Other than freak.

And, I was handling my label and gift just fine until Cameron walked into my life. With one look, a spark was ignited and we became twin flames. More than friends, Cameron didn’t label me as the weird girl with dark circles under her eyes. Instead, he saw something in me others and even myself didn’t–hope.

But, all that changed the day Hailey Scott disappeared. With the high school cheerleader missing, all eyes turn to me as their lead suspect. Knowing I don’t sleep and don’t have friends, I become the target of the investigation.

Everyone knows not to trust me– but somehow I earn Cameron’s trust and that of my aunt. As I uncover a web of lies, revealing an enemy in a friend, the truth of my identity is threatened.


Screaming Beauty (Tales from the Poisoned Apple Book 2) by Scott Mooney – My Review

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Title: Screaming Beauty (Tales from the Poisoned Apple Book 2)

Author: Scott Mooney

Release Date: April 28th 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Twenty-three-year-old Briar Pryce has earned a little rest and relaxation. She’s rescued her best friend from being transformed into a cat and stopped a war in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s hidden neighborhood of counterfeit curses and fairy tale trickery. All Briar wants is to have a carb-filled brunch, gossip over a couple of mead-mosas, and maybe figure out if she’s actually in a love triangle with her high-school crush and her strait-laced business partner.

But relaxing is hard when the city starts screaming.

Some malevolent curse has invaded the dreams of the sleeping princesses across the Apple, spreading nightmares and violence throughout the city. What’s worse, a militant new faction of knights has used the chaos to grab power and trap Briar’s community in its authoritarian grip. If Briar’s going to be able to free the princesses and stop these fairy tale fascists, she’s going to have to solve a deeper mystery: the origins of her own uncontrollable, emotion-altering powers. Briar and her friends will journey from the depths of the enchanted Afterwoods to the penthouses of the Upper East Side to stop the knights, wake the princesses, and save the Poisoned Apple.

And hopefully still fit in that brunch.

I have been anticipating this book for awhile and was excited to finally grab my hands on it! Briar and the gang are back and this time, there’s more danger and a few surprises. 

I really liked the vibe of this book. I felt the story was a bit darker than book one and I was there for it. I appreciated the unique touches the author wove into the story. It truly felt magical. This is a really great adventure read with some awesome twists and turns! Like I mentioned at the beginning, I have been looking forward to this book and the author didn’t disappoint! Now I wait not so patiently for the next. If you like fairy tales with a twist, this series is for you! 

I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


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Guarding Eden: A Midway Novel Book One (Hidden Wings 6)

By Cameo Renae

~Synopsis~

Tucked away at an upscale, private boarding school in Brindle Hollow, Washington, seventeen-year-old Eden East comes face to face with a hideous creature on her walk back to her dorm. Shaken to her core, she’s left questioning the world around her, and soon finds herself entering a friendship with a hot, new student named Alexander.
Little does she know, Alex is a Guardian Angel, sent from Midway to protect her from those dangerous creatures—known as Darkling—lurking in the forest outside Brindle Hall. It isn’t long before Alex learns this is no ordinary assignment. Eden’s existence holds a secret; something hidden from even herself.
Eden is thrust into a world where Fallen angels and creatures of the Underworld will stop at nothing to catch her. With Alex at her side and a little help from some of his old friends, they form a formidable front against the enemy.
Hopefully, it’s not too little, too late.
Guarding Eden is a Hidden Wings Spin-off Series and a Midway Novel.
Intended for Ages 15 and over


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Pure: New World Magic Book One

By Kim Alexander

~Synopsis~

‘A unicorn walks into a bar….’
That is not a joke.
Look, I’m a bartender, I have nothing to do with the xenos. I don’t care if it’s an elf or a vampire–as long as they don’t bother me, I steer clear. I have my reasons–you can see them in the scars on my neck.
I never wanted to get involved. But my life changed for the second time when I saved the life of a unicorn. I made an enemy of something old–old and evil, and whatever it was, it’ll be back for another try. I also made a friend when I decided to help March. He’s only been a human man for a day. I’m responsible for him now. He’s my friend…and maybe something more. Maybe a lot more.
It doesn’t matter to me that he isn’t magical anymore. I don’t care if he’s not PURE.
But he does.
From best-selling author Kim Alexander, a modern fairy tale of magic, love, and redemption.


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The Azure Kingdom (The Iridescent Realm Book 1)

By Michelle Dare

~Synopsis~

One key, one door, one man, one leap.

Alison Wescot inherited the antique store the day her mother died. It was nothing she wanted, but she couldn’t part with it. The antiques inside were all she had left of her mother. She thought she knew every piece in the store, until one day she discovered a box with a key inside, along with a letter from her mother. A key to a door she never knew existed.

Lucas Azure is the leader of the kingdom’s elite guard, a group of men whose sole purpose was to protect their territory and people. The youngest of the king’s four children, he was also the deadliest. The men in his group followed him faithfully, never questioning his orders. When Alison appeared, he knew he had to protect her at all costs.

The day Alison walked through the door, her recurring dream became a reality. The man who always remained a mystery was standing before her. There were dragons flying overhead and a castle in the distance. She was now in the Azure Kingdom.


A Kiss Before Doomsday (A Dru Jasper Novel Book 2) by Laurence MacNaughton – My Review


Release Date: July 11th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

~Synopsis~

When an undead motorcycle gang attacks Denver’s sorcerers, only one person can decipher the cryptic clues left behind—Dru Jasper, proprietor of the Crystal Connection and newly minted sorceress. Though Dru has learned how to harness the powers of her crystals, she’s in over her head. A necromancer is using forbidden sorcery to fulfill the prophecy of the apocalypse and bring about the end of the world. Dru’s only chance to stop him requires tracking down her would-be boyfriend, hot rod mechanic and half-demon Greyson. Everyone thinks he’s dead, but Dru believes he’s still alive, and finding him is the key to unraveling this evil. To learn the truth behind the necromancer’s attacks, Dru must team up with her friends, and maybe even an enemy or two. Only Rane’s brawn, Opal’s wisdom, and Salem’s spells can help her infiltrate the necromancer’s hidden lair, stop the prophecy, and save the world. But they need to do it fast before legions of the undead rise to consume the souls of everyone on earth. . . .

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~My Review~

Dru and the gang are back! There is more adventure and even more danger to be had! 

The story picks up right where the first one ended. Facing a whole new set of enemies, Dru along with Rane and Opal, must find out how to put a stop to the impending Doomsday. Never a dull moment in this series! The story kept me engaged from beginning to end. A definite page turner! These characters are great as well. I love Rane. I wasn’t sure about her in the first book but now I loooove her! I can’t wait to dig into the next one. This adventure just keeps getting better and better! This has fast become one of my favorite series. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

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