Dreamleaf Blues (The Book Wielder Saga)

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Genevieve is a pretty normal college student. She lives with her best friend and love interest Annabelle. However, when Annabelle doesn’t come back from her shady job, Genevieve dives into the mystery to find her. However, things don’t go quite as planned when she’s attacked and wakes up as a vampire. Now she as she continues trying to find Annabelle, she must also become accustomed to her new life.

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast past and filled with a lot of character and world building. Though this book is an urban fantasy, there is a little bit of world building because this world is slightly different from our current world. I don’t really know what happened, but there seemed to be a war of some sort because things like cars, computers and fuel are super expensive. They use credits, instead of dollars, and it seems that the gangs have a lot more control of the society.

The 4 groups of supernatural beings are really interesting. It did feel like I was reading a Dungeons and Dragons handbook because the vampires, werewolves and sorcerers all have some groups because of their proficiencies. There was a lot to keep track of, however, it was laid out well in the book. Since this is almost like an origin story, since Genevieve is being inaugurated into the wo*rld, the readers get to follow along with her learning curve.

I enjoyed that the main character is a very strong gay female. The fact that she is gay isn’t the be all and end all of the book so she got to shine in her role. A lot of the females characters in this book are strong and very interesting. they were likable enough to actually want to know more about them and they were not one dimensional.

This was quite a fun book.


I received a copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only.

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High Steaks Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #16)

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Sonja and Maddy are enjoying their time together while Maddy is in town. However, when news falls that a rival restaurant is coming with a waffle menu, it has her seeing red. Sonja doesn’t have to worry about it for long, as the owner murdered. Now Sonja is dragged into finding the killer of a man she does not particularly like.

This book is an ok book. It was a quick read and the murder was a little easy to figure out. I did like how Maddy and Sonja used a seance to find out who the murderer was. I don’t know if it was to really figure it out or to confirm. Having Maggy there was fun, as she helped in the same way that Belinda does in previous books.

It was nice to see Sonja talk openly with Frank about her powers. This allowed them to grow as a couple. what was really fun was Frank’s first encounter with the supernatural. Though he could not see the ghost, he definitely felt the after effect. This book also introduced us to a new type of ghost, knew that was spilt in 2. Personally, I have never even heard of a ghost story like this IRL, however, it did add a very nice element to the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, it had some interesting elements.

Molten Dusk (The Norse Chronicles #3)

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A little disclaimer at the beginning and this will be at the beginning of the 3 posts attached to this book series, I did get this book for free from the author as a review copy… Well, really I got the omnibus that contains the first 3 book. I will say that this book already is right up my alley which is why I agreed to review it. It’s an urban fantasy. Now given what my review is and how much I like this novel, it might not seem like I am giving this a glowing review because I was given the book… However, that is not the case, I will try and write my reviews as objectively as possible… But I will tell you off the bat that I absolutely love the book.

Solina is trying to overcome the most recent betrayal and must rely more on Thorin than ever. While they continue their search for Skoll, Solina has a vision of Helen trying to bring about another apocalyptic war with soldiers of the dead. Soline does sense that there is more than meets the eye to the plot, however, she can’t quite figure it out.

I really put off reading this book.  It won’t have seemed like it for you, but I really really did. I enjoyed this book series so much that I didn’t want it to be finished.  It’s was a really interesting book series, finishing with a tad of a book. To be fair, if this book series finished with a pretty bow, I think I would have found it even odder. I will say though the ending is tied with a pretty little bow.

We finally meet Solina’s parents in this book, and I feel like they took things a little too well.  Given, if your daughter came back spouting fire from her hands, I might believe her. However, I would have loved to have more of the attitude that her mother showed at the beginning.  Solina’s personal growth reached a pinnacle in this book. Though she struggles, she finally focused oh her feeling and relationship with Thorin. They work a lot better in this book together then they did in the previous books. I feel like that is mainly due to her personal growth.

This book was an excellent wrap up for the rest of the series. It finished off all of the storylines as well as the character arches in this book. I kinda wish that Helen was used more in this book, it seems like a waste. Especially since she was an instrumental part of Nina’s growth.

Overall, I loved this book series. Though it has some weakness in the flow of the story and the odd way it ended, I still really enjoyed it.

Red Velvet Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #15)

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Things have quieted down until Benjamin come to see Sonja about a haunting at the farm. Though Sonja is willing to jump in to help her friend, Frank is adamant that ghosts don’t exist and Benjamin is just seeing things. Tensions run high when Sonja mentions her belief to Frank. However, Sonja refuses to turn her back on a friend and is determined to help him out before things get any worse.

This book is finally taking care of the issues that I have wanted addressing for the last few books. If Frank is going to be part of Sonja’s life, he needs to accept all aspects of her. I also enjoyed how they incorporated Benjamin into the story. I feel like it has been a little while since we’ve seen Ben and it was really nice to see him being used t furthur the story. I feel like thanks to Ben, Frank’s and Sonja’s relationship grew in this book. Frank also expanded a little bit more in this book, which was nice. After them being in a holding pattern for several books, this was a breath of fresh air.

I also really enjoyed the story. Though the mystery was less about murder and more about who woke the ghosts, it was still really fun. We got to see the different ghosts that are part of the history of the farm. I am actually a little sad that we didn’t get to see the old owner’s son as he was also killed on the premises a few books ago. However, this was still really interesting. It also delves into the occult side of Haunted Falls that has been coming to the forefront of the stories in that last few books

I actually really enjoyed this book.

Return to Wonderland (Looking Glass Saga #1)

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Alice has put the happening of wonderland behind her and is starting her new life at a new school. She is quick to make friends, however, when a purple haired boy shows up this go bad. The Cheshire cat is determined to get Alice back to Wonderland to fix the problems that have cropped up since the last time she was there. While trying to keep things under wraps so her parents don’t find out, Alice gets dragged back into Wonderland.

I really wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book, but it was surprisingly good. It did take a little bit to get into it, and I feel like it ended with a little awkwardly. It did end with a cliffhanger, and we all know how I feel about that.

What I liked about the book is that it gives you enough information on the previous visits to Wonderland that if you haven’t read the book Alice in Wonderland then it’s ok. I did enjoy the difference in this book to the original Wonderland, it gave it something to work towards. The Cat is aiming to return Wonderland to its old crazy world that it once was, however, Alice doesn’t want to be a part of it in any way. Alice also gets some interesting powers in this book that help her a great deal in Wonderland which is interesting.

I feel like the character development was interesting, however, the Cat’s personality was a little awkward and all over the place. Though I know in the original book, the Cheshire Cat was very sly and manipulative, this time he was a little more physical when he was trying to convince Alice to do something. I did enjoy Alice’s new friends, which is an entire family containing Twins and Triplets. I will say though, her friend Adrianne is a little nonchalant about Alice’s story of Wonderland. However, when you’re that age, I guess, you want to believe in believable things. Later in the book, it makes more sense that she believes Alice, as she can now see Wonderland in the mirrors.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and might even pick up the next book… Even though the current Goodreads review is 1 star.


I received a copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only.

Murderous Mocha Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #14)

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The mother’s day fair is a big deal in Haunted Falls. Sonja’s mother is really excited to show off her new hobby of sculpting with a bust of her mother. However, at the festival the janitor accidentally knocks into it, her mother freaks out and leaves the party. It doesn’t look good when the Janitor is found dead with the bust in his closet. Sonja’s mother is some hot water, even though Frank doesn’t believe the working theory.

This novel was closer to a true cozy mystery story than the rest of the books in this series. Though there was a little trinket that was used while trying to figure out what happened to the janitor. I found it was more interesting than the previous books in the series. I enjoyed that this book didn’t have the explanation of ghosts or magic, because that always feels like a cop-out. This story actually did have a lot of investigation and Sonja was really active in this book.

On the character development side of things, this book was fun. They delve into the past of the victim which was nice. We also get to expand the history of the town as well as more information on the characters that we’ve already know. I feel like Sonja and Frank’s relationship is in a holding pattern, which I see staying that way until Sonja finally admits to Frank that she has the power to talk with ghosts. I really can’t wait until the Frank knows about that aspect of Sonja’s life.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles #2)

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A little disclaimer at the beginning and this will be at the beginning of the 3 posts attached to this book series, I did get this book for free from the author as a review copy… Well, really I got the omnibus that contains the first 3 book. I will say that this book already is right up my alley which is why I agreed to review it. It’s an urban fantasy. Now given what my review is and how much I like this novel, it might not seem like I am giving this a glowing review because I was given the book… However, that is not the case, I will try and write my reviews as objectively as possible… But I will tell you off the bat that I absolutely love the book.

After everything that has happened in Las Vegas, Solina has gone in hiding. She doesn’t know who she could trust to keep her alive. While she hides, she tries to figure out how to wield her powers better. However, when she’s found, she can only think of one person who could keep her safe, Thorin. Things start to get a little weird when the Valkeries seem to be up to something, and Skyla can’t figure out what it is.

I really enjoyed this book, similar to the last book. We got to learn more about all of the gods. At the end of the last book, we were starting to get a better image of Thorin and his life. We also get to see how connected Solina and Thorin have become throughout the series so far. Each character develops nicely through this book. Though Thorin and Solina are the main characters, all the secondary characters grew in this book. We find out a lot about Skyla and Val in this book. We also get a validation about why Skyla doesn’t like Val. Also, I can normally tell when a plot twist is coming and I totally didn’t see the twist near the end. I loved how Laurel managed to write in that twist so it worked seamlessly and didn’t make it seem forced. I found that it actually explained some things from the previous book.

This book’s storyline felt a little segregated from that last book. Though it’s a direct continuation from the previous book, Helen barely mentioned. It seemed to focuses mainly on the Valkeries and the mysterious man who found Solina before she reaches out to Thorin. Though they do go after Skoll in this book, however, he does manage to get away. Or at least that’s what they believe. I felt like, though this book does build the storyline, it was mainly focused on character development. There were some lovely action scenes, however, some of them were glanced over because Soline wasn’t present for the fights.

Overall, I loved this series. I still find it similar to the Charlie Davidson Series. I will say though that this book also seems to pull from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson Series. This is a really interesting book series so far.