I'm Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

Review: Marked by an Assassin (Eternal Mates #8) by Felicity Heaton

Marked by an Assassin - Felicity E. Heaton

This series is become of my favorite paranormal romance series. I love how it is completely different from the other series that I'm reading right now. I'm a very character driven reader and Felicity Heaton writes some amazing characters. Every time she introduces a new character, I want to learn more about them.


Both Harbin and Aya have a troubled past. They both have revenge on the mind. Harbin gave his life to a group of assassins so that he would have some way to make a living while still working on trying to get his revenge. Aya spent most of her time within Archangel. She eventually gets released, but she now has revenge of her own and is working with Archangel to get it.


Once again, Heaton has built on to the amazing world that she has been building throughout the series. She also continues to have the phenomenal characters. The storylines truly draw you in. Even with the shorter storylines of the novellas, the romance isn't overly rushed.


As per usual with me, I fell for a secondary character. I know that everyone is hounding for Bleu's story. With the introduction to Fuery, I think he has topped Bleu for me. His story is intriguing me. Fuery is one of the assassins that Harbin worked with who is damaged. I so want to hear his story. Ms. Heaton, you can be sure I will start hounding about Fuery's book until it appears on my ereader.


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Audiobook Review; Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1) by Rachel Aaron

Nice Dragons Finish Last: Heartstrikers, Book 1 - Rachel Aaron, Vikas Adam, Audible Studios

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Julius is a young dragon. He isn’t like other dragons. He doesn’t feel any need to be ambitious and take advantage of the weak, especially humans. Ever since he was let out of training, he has been hiding in his room being a professional college student (I so wish I could that), and doing everything in his power to avoid his more powerful siblings and his mother. He wanted to go unnoticed. This is until his mother figures out his plan and kicks him out.


Julius is sent to Detroit with just the clothes on his back. He is forced to work for his brother and do something to show his mother his worth as a dragon or she will eat him. One of his older brothers and a seer sent him a phone with money on it (this is how they use money in the future instead of credit cards), but it isn’t much. Julius is charged with finding another dragon in this town and bring her back to her sisters. Oh, and Detroit is controlled by Algonquin, the Lady of the Great Lakes, and she hates dragons.


Julius hires Marci to help him find this dragon. The dragon is supposed to be at a mage party so he needs to fit in to get into the party. She is going to help him. They instantly hit it off. They become fast friends, with the potential to be more. She is a mage who isn’t without her own issues. She has a mob boss after her.


You can tell the age of siblings based on their name. Each clutch was all named with the same first letter with the first clutch all being As, then Bs and so on. Julius is in the newest group. The Heartstriker clan is the largest clan of dragons and many call their mom, Bathesda, a whore because each clutch has a different father. Bob is the other character in this book that really impresses me. He is the seer. He is about 800 years old. Being that old and being able to see the future has to take a toll on a person, or in this case dragon’s, psyche. He is always saying weird things, showing up out of nowhere. Oh, and he has a pet pigeon that goes everywhere with him, usually on his head.



Vikas Adam does a great job with the narration of this book. It is the first time I’ve ever listened to a book by this narrator. He really brought me into the story. I really felt like he brought out things that were important to the story like, Bathesda’s rage and Bob’s weirdness. He did a great job with male and female voices. I was always able to tell which character was talking. His pace and tone were great. Highly recommended.


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I'm so grateful for the entire blogging community. I've found so many friends here and have been so happy to actually meet some of them in real life this year.


I'm also grateful for authors. They provide me with so many hours of entertainment. I had the pleasure of meeting several in person this year and they were so sweet and personable.


Last, but not least, grateful for #FitReaders. I haven't participated as well as I should this year, but they do help motivate me.

Paranormal Romance Sale - Three books for 99 Cents


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1) Blood Lust - 4 stars

2) Save My Soul - 4 stars

3) The Catalyst - 5 stars


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BOOK ONE: Blood Lust:
A book in 3 parts that introduces the world of the Preternaturals (all couples appear throughout the series):

When werecat, Greta learns her tribe plans to sacrifice her on the next full moon, unleashing the potent magic of her blood, a dark sorcerer is the only one strong enough to protect her. Will Dayne kill her as he has so many others of her kind? Or is his grudge against her family strong enough to save her?

In the midst of a power struggle for vampire king, it soon becomes clear to Anthony that the only way to protect a fragile human in his care is to claim her as his mate. Meanwhile, his deepest wish is to have his lover awakened from the memory loss that took everything... not just the memories he meant to erase.

Be small. Be invisible. It’s an understandable life mantra for a human woman in a world of monsters. But even worse, Jane’s blood contains a touch of vampire magic that makes her their target. With her faster-than-normal healing time, she’s an ideal punching bag for the abusive vampire she’s been living with, the one she thought might protect her this time. When he sells her to a werewolf in payment for a gambling debt, Jane is sure her life is over. But Cole may be the one being who can free her from the vampires for good.

BOOK TWO: Save My Soul:

... All he’s asking for is her soul.

That house. You know the one. It’s the one that seems alive from the road, the one that watches you, the one that seems to always be for sale, the one Anna Worthington has wanted to live in since childhood. Ghost stories be damned.

But the dark being that haunts this house, is something far more sinister than a ghost. Luc is an ancient incubus, trapped by a fifty-year-old curse, and Anna is a temptation too sweet for any demon, let alone a practically starved and crazy one. Will she exorcise her house and live happily ever after with her cats, or will she fall prey to a dark lover who doesn’t just want her body, but her soul as well?

If the demon has his way, dying will be her best case scenario.

BOOK THREE: The Catalyst

Panthers don’t do responsibility. They don’t do long-term relationships. They definitely don’t raise kids. But when Z discovers a young werewolf in the forest, he takes him in, unaware of the powerful beings hunting the pup.

Fiona is a witch who can’t leave her house; the birds have told her something bad will happen. The mailbox is as far as she’ll go, but even that may provide more danger than she’s bargained for. When a wolf pup stumbles into her garden, her safe, wrapped-up world heads for a free fall, especially when a sexy panther shifter kidnaps her to help him look after the pup.

Author's Note: The Catalyst is an ensemble book that also strongly features Jane and Cole (from Blood Lust) and Cain (from Blood Lust and Save My Soul)


Audiobook Review: The Queen (The Original Sinners: #8) by Tiffany Reisz

The Queen: Original Sinners: The White Years Series #4 - Tantor Audio, Tiffany Reisz, Elizabeth Hart

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I went into this book with mix feelings. One, I was very excited to see how the story wrapped up with Nora, Soren, King and everyone else. On the other hand, I hated that this was the ending. It seems like I’ve been reading about them forever. I’ve really enjoyed my journey with them and I hate to see it come to an end. Then again, I did read The Siren in 2012 way back before I was reviewing books.


I will say that Tiffany Reisz didn’t disappoint with this book. It was everything that I’ve come to expect from an Original Sinners book. The story starts off right where we left off in The Virgin, with everyone at castle in Scotland for a wedding which hasn’t yet taken place. The story then flashes back to the story of how Eleanor Schreiber became Nora Sutherlin. Boy, it was quite the ride.


One of the first things the new Mistress Nora has to do is dethrone the current queen. Kingsley and Nora make quite a plan to place Mistress Nora at the top of the dominatrix list. While things don’t go exactly how they plan for them to go, I think Nora shows that she is able to hold her own and is willing to do what it takes to become the most infamous dominatrix New York has ever seen.


While back in the past, we have a lot of time with with Kingsley, Soren, Juliette and even Griffin. We have the confessional sex that many have been requesting for a while now. We even get to watch how Nora meeting Wesley.


Coming back to the present, we get Kingsley, Soren, Griffin, Michael, Alfred (Griffin’s butler), Grace, and Zach. It was great to get to see everyone one last time. There was a very touching scene at the end, which I won’t spoil for anyone, but isn’t too hard to figure out. All in all, I thought that the story wrapped up very well. My only complaint, flashbacks within flashbacks.



Elizabeth Hart is a narrator that has grown on me as she has continued to narrate the White Years of this series. Originally, I wasn’t a big fan, but the more I listened to her, the more I come to enjoy her narration. My original problem with her was Kingsley. I didn’t like her accent. I noticed it mostly when she narrated The King. I’m not sure how much of that was because the majority of that story was narrated by him and less of him works better for her or if she has just gotten better with his voice. Either way, I’ve come to enjoy the narration.


I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


REVIEW: Roaring Up the Wrong Tree (Grayslake #3) by Celia Kyle

Roaring Up the Wrong Tree - Celia Kyle

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This author has been tackling tough subjects with this series. The previous book talked about domestic abuse of a secondary character. This book is no different. The heroine is half hyena. In previous books in the series the bear and wolf pack have had very bad run-ins with hyenas. They decided to run all hyenas out of their territory in a move called a “purge”.


Trista is half hyena. She has lived a tough life trying to follow rules in a world that she really doesn’t fit in. Even the hyena pack treated her poorly. Once her father died, she had the little bit of protection she had, stripped from her. Her half-brother is now in charge of the hyenas and he doesn’t like her.


Keen is seen as a happy youngest brother of the Abrams brothers. Looks can be deceiving though. Keen had a rough childhood. He did something that he now has to live with. His punishment was stiff and probably only made things worse. Now his bear just wants to kill everyone. Add to the fact that everyone keeps treating his fated mate like she is the scourge of the earth. Even his family is treating her badly.


This story was interesting. Normally this series has been mostly a fun-loving series. This story didn’t have the giggle moments that I’m used to in the previous books. There were a few here and there. Mostly this book touched on some tough subjects. It was interesting to see characters that I’ve come to enjoy, act like bigots towards a new character because of the way the pack of her species had acted, not because of her actions. Now I read this book before what happened in Paris and the book was written long before this all started. But, the story does hit very close to home.


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Audiobook Review: Hungry Like the Wolf (SWAT, #1) by Paige Tyler

Hungry Like the Wolf: Special Wolf Alpha Team: SWAT, Book 1 - Tantor Audio, Paige Tyler, Abby Craden

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


This is only my second book from Paige Tyler. I read the first book in the X-Ops series. I enjoyed it and plan on reading more of that series. I was excited to get the opportunity to review the audio for the SWAT series to experience more of her work.


This story is about a SWAT team made up entirely of werewolves. This draws the attention of an investigative journalist (don’t call her a reporter, she makes about $30k more than a reporter, thank you very much). The attention isn’t for the reason you would think, they are too perfect. They have done nothing wrong, like ever. Mackenzie (Mac) finds this hard to believe. She also thinks that they are taking some sort of performance enhancing drugs to make them as good as they are.


Gage, the SWAT team leader and alpha werewolf, and Mac have an instant connection. There is some lore that werewolves have “The One” but Gage had never believed it. Xander, one of the team leaders, is convinced that Mac is The One for Gage. Mac and Gage have instant lust, but it does take time for the love to build and even longer for both of them to accept.


There is a ton of action in this story. Gage and his team have killed a mob boss’s son in a clean kill while doing a raid (kill mob boss’s family members always goes well). The mob boss is out for blood. All the while, the SWAT team is trying to hide who they are from Mac’s ever watchful eye.


Overall, I enjoyed the story. I’m hoping to get more information on the werewolf lore in future books. We didn’t learn a whole lot in this book. We did learn that they are born werewolf and are turned completely during a traumatic event, say like being in the military during the war. That was a nice twist. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next. I’ve already got book two download to listen to very soon.



I’ve already been listening to Abby Craden with the FUC series by Eve Langlais, so I knew some of what to expect. I greatly enjoyed her narration. I thought she did a great job with this series. I had no problem jumping straight from one series to this one. As a matter of fact, I listened to them back to back. She did a great job. This series has much more action and less humor than the Eve Langlais series and Ms. Craden still handled it all very well.


I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Lucifer's Daughter (Princess of Hell #1) by Eve Langlais

Lucifer's Daughter (Princess of Hell Book 1) - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at


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I read this book several years ago, 2011 to be exact. I can’t remember exactly how I found it. I just remember seeing a review or reading the blurb and thinking that this story looked hilarious. I had never heard of Eve Langlais at this time. I mean, how can you not love a story about a goodie two-shoes virgin who is disappointing her father, Lucifer. It just sounded too funny for me to pass up. I just loved this story and to this day, Eve’s version of Lucifer is one of my favorite characters. He is just so much fun.


Now that this story is being re-released with a new cover and more bulk, I jumped at the chance to revisit the story. After all, this is the story that brought Eve into my life. It has made it a very important series for me. This series, unlike most of Eve’s other series, this story is more urber sexy Urban Fantasy than Paranormal Romance. The story follows Muriel throughout at least the first three books (I haven’t read book four, but I will be after this re-read).


Muriel is a bar owner for all the magical type beings in the area. She is also a magical null. Magic tends to not work around her for the most part, which is why her bar does so well, both sides are more likely to get along. That is until someone starts to come after Muriel. There is a faction trying to overthrow her father, Lucifer. This is nothing new, but this faction is doing better than most and they want Muriel for leverage.


Auric makes an appearance at the bar. Muriel is instantly drawn to him, but she can’t tell what he is. Oh, and he passes the sister test. This is not what you think it might be. Bambi is Muriel’s half sister and a succubus. She draws men like flies to honey. Auric doesn’t seem to notice her because all of his attention is on Muriel. This has never happened to Muriel before.

“I don’t know why, but I’m attached to you, too,” Satan said grumpily, hugging me back. I cherished moments like that; they tended to be few and far between. “Try to be bad,” he said, before popping out of sight.”

“It wasn’t bad enough you got straight As in school. Oh, no.” He paced faster as he warmed up for his rant. “You just have to be a virgin, too. You’re twenty-three years old. It’s just wrong,” he shouted. “I raised you to be more evil than this.”

“Muriel, if this relationship is going to work, then I’m going to expect you to listen to me.”
I snorted. “Good luck with that.” If my dad never succeeded, what made him think he could? Wait a second. Had he said the word relationship?

This story was everything I had remembered it to be. It was a quick read that was very funny and extremely sexy. There are a ton of sexual innuendos throughout the book that made laugh several times. Let’s just say that Auric has a sword and knows how to use it. LOL. Now, I’m even more excited to revisit books two and three, not to mention start book four.



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**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.


Audiobook Review: Lion and the Falcon (Furry United Coalition, #4) by Eve Langlais

Lion and the Falcon - Audible Studios, Eve Langlais, Abby Craden

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


Dr. Nolan Manners is a lion and has been caring for the victims of the Mastermind. Most of these victims has not only physical issues from the experiments, but also a lot of psychological trauma from the torture they endured. Most of the patients see all doctors the same and don’t realize that he is just trying to help them and that they have to keep them confined for their own good while they get better. This becomes all too apparent when the patients escape.


Clarice is a falcon and a member of Avian Soaring Security (ASS). Yes, FUC and ASS are working together to try to get this mutated patients back before they expose all shifters to the humans. Clarice was an orphan and never had a family and joined ASS at a young age, so they are the closest thing to a family she’s ever had. She is a little cold-hearted because she hasn’t had much love growing up.


Dr. Manners on the other hand grew up in a overbearing pride of lions with an even more overbearing mother. As the only male, he is quite spoiled. The pride cleans his apartment, delivers food and pretty much spoils him. He is also very cranky if he doesn’t get his naps, lazy cat.


This is another fun addition to the series. It has it’s laugh out loud moments. The interaction between Clarice and Nolan’s mom are great. Not to mention at one point when Nolan’s hair is sheared off, silly lions and their manes. This is a fun story of opposites attract.



Abby Craden did another great job with the narration. I’ve come to depend on her for outstanding narration. I’ve even started picking up other series with her as the narrator. She is great with both male and female voices.


I like to thank Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade, #2) by Jennifer Estep

Dark Heart of Magic: Black Blade, Book 2 - Audible Studios, Brittany Pressley, Jennifer Estep

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


Dark Heart of Magic centers mostly around the Tournament of Blades. It is part of a festival in Cloudburst Falls where the families and compete against each other in a so called friendly way and provide a tourist attraction. Deah was the champion last year. And her family puts a lot of pressure for her to keep the trophy in the Draconi family.


There are some twists and turns in this book. Lila is thrown for a loop when she learns that she will be competing in the Tournament of Blades for the Sinclair family. She will not be able to hide in the shadows for long. She is going to have to try even harder to keep her real identity a secret before Victor Draconi decides to come after her.


I loved seeing more of Deah. While she might be the “princess” of the Draconi family on the outside. This book shows that life is not as glamorous for her on the inside. She has it much tougher than her brother, Blake. She also has much more of a conscience than the two of them put together, but she has her reasons for not standing up to them. I think she will be critical in the final battle with Victor.


The story is a little bit slow building as the families deal with murdered tree trolls which is driving the tree trolls into town and causing a nuisance. We don’t have all the worldbuilding that takes place in the first book, but there is plenty of storytelling and more character development. I can’t wait to see where the final book in this trilogy will take Lila, Devon, Mo and the gang.



Once again, I thought that Brittany Pressley really nailed the narration of this series. I loved how she did each of the different voices. I was clearly able to tell each of the characters apart. Her pace and tone were perfect. There was one particular character in this book that has clearly lost marbles and she did a great job portraying that with her narration.


**Audiobook was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.


Audiobook Review: The Mark of the Tala (The Twelve Kingdoms #1) by Jeffe Kennedy

The Mark of the Tala: The Twelve Kingdoms, Book 1 - Jeffe Kennedy, Cris Dukehart

Review originally posted at


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I know I don’t normally review audiobooks here, but since this was the only book in this series that is on audio. I’ll have to read the rest of the series, so I thought I would review them all in one place. The Mark of the Tala is the first book in the The Twelve Kingdoms series by Jeffe Kennedy. I met Ms. Kennedy at RT15 in Dallas and really wanted to read some of her books. I have read Petals and Thorns by her under a different pen name, and wanted to try this series next.


Andromeda is the middle sister. She never really stood out. Her older sister, Ursula, was quite the warrior and in training to run the kingdom when their father dies. Amelia is beautiful and has bards writing sonnets about her. Andi just wanted to ride her horses and fade to the background. They really don’t know their mother very well. She died giving birth to Amelia. Ursula is the only one who has any real memories and she was still young as a tween when her mother died.


Andi runs into a guy she has never met before while she is out riding. She is instantly drawn to him, but at the same time doesn’t trust him. She eventually learns that he is one of her mother’s people, the Tala. Andi and her sisters know almost nothing about their mother’s people. Their father forbade anyone to speak of them and any records of them destroyed. The Tala are known as “black witches”.


I loved Andi’s love for her horse, Fiona. I loved how she craved her horse and didn’t want to see her come to harm, but also knew that a horse is not as important as her people. It was a very difficult choice for her. It is something that would be very difficult for me as well. My animals are everything to me. I would have a hard time putting people in front of them as well.


I felt this was a very fun introduction fantasy romance series. I love the world that Ms. Kennedy has built. The characters are all very well developed. I want to learn more about all of them. I am a bit disappointed that this is the only book in the series that was put on audio. I would love to continue to series on audio, but I will continue to read the series, because I loved it so much.


Cris Dukehart does a great job with narration of this book. It is not the first book that I’ve listen to with her narration. She also does the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley, which I started earlier this year. I think she does a great job. She handles both male and female characters with ease. I really enjoy her pace and tone. I do recommend her as a narrator.


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Audiobook Review: The Single Undead Moms Club (Half-Moon Hollow #4) by Molly Harper

The Single Undead Moms Club - Audible Studios, Molly Harper, Amanda Ronconi

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I’m a huge fan of Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow and Jane Jameson series. This book is a great addition to the vampires of Half Moon Hollow. Libby Stratton is a single mom with a young boy of about six. She was widowed not that long ago and now she has terminal cancer. She can’t think of leaving her boy without either of his parents. So she puts out an ad to find a vampire to turn her so that she can live. What she didn’t think about was how the people of Half Moon Hollow would react.


Small towns can be a bitch. I was originally born in a small town in South Georgia. Reading Half Moon Hollow books remind me so much of that little town, it is hilarious. Gossip circles and cliches are all the rage. Once one person finds out that Libby is no longer human, it doesn’t take long for it to spread around the town. What’s worse, is that her son, Danny, gets a lot of the backlash, as if he had anything to do with it.


As much as Libby is ostracized by humans that she really wasn’t that great of friends with anyway, she has gain a great new group of friends in the vampire community in Jane, Dick and the gang. They really come into help Libby when she really needs it.


There is also single father, Wade, and his son Harley. Harley and Danny become fast friends which pull Wade and Libby together. There is instant chemistry, even if they started off on the wrong foot in the school. On the plus side, Wade isn’t put off by the whole vampire thing.


Libby is also having to fight for custody of her child has her in-laws fight for custody. They don’t want just partial custody either. Her father-in-law is convinced that Libby is hanging out with a bad crowd and that this vampire thing is really bad for Danny. He wants full custody with no visitation.


I found this story to be another great addition to the story. As always, it was a lot of fun. Full of laughs and snarky humor that I’ve come to expect from a Molly Harper book. It was great to see the large cast of characters, as almost everyone from the series made an appearance.



Amanda Ronconi does yet another wonderful job with the narration of this book. I just love the way she is able to bring out the humor in these stories. She is able to handle the increasing large cast of crazy characters with ease. She has no issues with male or female voices. She does a great job with her tone and pace.


Audiobook Review: Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) - Mira Grant, Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


Feed is another story that I picked up to stay with my horror theme for Halloween in October. It is also another great recommendation from TheGeekyBlogger. After I started listening to the first little bit, I started to wonder if it was really a horror story. Yes, it has zombies, but it didn’t have that normal “horror” feel to it. I don’t know quite how to describe it. It was too “fun”, but yet not. The horror aspects to come into play eventually, but I’ll just leave it as it is not like any other book I’ve ever read.


This isn’t like any other zombie world I’ve visited. I say visited because I haven’t read a lot of zombie books, but I have watched a lot of zombie movies. Most zombie stories have many zombies shambling around, no government, no technology, everything is pretty much post apocalyptic. This is nothing like that. First, this takes place about 20 years since the breakout started. They do a lot of blood test to get in buildings to ensure you’re not infected. You even have to have blood tests to get out of your car for the same reason. Some areas, like national parks, are restricted because of zombies. Oh, and most animals can contract the disease if they weigh over 40 pounds.


George and Shaun, they are where the story is the real winner. They are both great characters. They are brother and sister. They were orphaned and adopted by parents who lost their child during the original outbreak, aka The Raising. They have grown up and are now bloggers who go out and are telling the news. The general news media isn’t trusted because they tried to cover up the original outbreak. So people have turned to bloggers to get their information. George, Shaun and their techy friend Buffy go on a political campaign for Senator Ryman, who is running for president.


Feed is a story that grabs you like a zombie and doesn’t let go. The wonderful characters combined with humor and the way the story is told just keeps you up to know what is going to happen next. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It kept me on my toes. I never knew what was going to happen next. I was completely surprised by some of the events that happened in the story. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next.



I haven’t listened to many books with multiple narrators and both of these narrators were new-to-me. This one did a great job with it, probably the best I’ve heard to date. Paula Christensen handles all the narration that is told from the female POVs. She also reads any blog posts that posted at the beginning of each chapter that are written by one of the girls. Jesse Bernstein handles all the chapters that are told from a male POV and any blog posts from one of the guys. Both narrators did a great job with male and female voices. Both had great pace and tone. They both really pulled me into the story and got me lost in what was going on and forgetting about the world around me.


Review: Dragon on Top (Dragon Kin 0.4) by G.A. Aiken

Dragon on Top - G.A. Aiken

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I love the G.A. Aiken Dragon Kin series. I’m not very far into it. I started it very late and I let my reading of the books slip. When I saw this book was available for review and was a prequel, I jumped on the chance to review it. If you’ve never read a G.A. Aiken book, they are hilarious. She also writes under the name Shelly Laurenston.


This is the story of Bram the Merciful and Glheanna the Decimator. Two dragons that could not be more dissimilar if they tried. Bram is basically the dragon version of a nerd. He is all about books and scrolls. He is the peacekeeper and delegate, working hard to keep the different dragon species from war. Glheanna has been summoned to escort him work a deal with the sand dragons. Glheanna is everything Bram is not. She is a warrior and a tom-boy and so not a royal.


Ms. Aiken delivers a great tale as these two come together. Glheanna’s family is a hoot. Most of her family is just like her. They are all warriors and have a tendency to solve disagreements with headbutts. Although her mother, sister and even her father (in his older years) are a little bit more cultured. They have always liked Bram and have had him over to the family dwelling many times, though Glheanna never seemed to notice. He always thought she ignored him, but truthfully, she never even noticed him. Bram has a hard time deciding what is worse.


Their trip to the sand dragons is sidetracked when Glheanna is injured. Bram takes her to the only place he can think of. To a group of underwater dragons, called “fins”. It was interesting seeing this underwater world. It was also great seeing how Glheanna and Bram interact with them. Glheanna takes to the warriors like a duck to water. We also get to see a little bit of Queen Rhianna and Bercelak, her crazy consort. They always crack me up.


All in all, this was a short, but really fun read. There wasn’t a much romance in it as I’m used to in these stories, but I found that okay. I’m more interested in the humor, characters and the great world that Ms. Aiken builds, than the romance anyway. She delivered the humor in spades. This proves that I need to pick this series back up. I’ve already requested the next book in my list on this series from the library. I’ll be reading it soon. Expect more reviews from this series from me in the near future.


The Dragon Kin Series



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Audiobook Review: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of Magic - Brittany Pressley, Jennifer Estep

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I’ve been a big fan of Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series for adults for many years now. I religiously purchase that series audiobook on release day every year. I’ve yet to try another series by her. I’m not a big fan of young adult novels. I used to read them all the time, but I got really burnt out on the similar tropes that seem to pop up on all the paranormal YA novels. I even blacklisted them from my reading for a while. I’m starting to pick them back up, mostly from authors that I already love. I’m really glad that I did here. This series isn’t like any other YA series I’ve ever read.


This is a fantastic world that Ms. Estep has built around magical and powerful families. There are a ton of similarities between this series and the adult Elemental Assassin series. But, not so much that I felt like I was reading a younger version of the same story. There are straight up humans that don’t have magic and there are people with magic who kinda run things. They all have different types of magic, some even have more than one magic power. As with the Elemental Assassin series, the magic families have all the power and they exploit that power.


There are also really great characters in this story. Lila Merriweather is our main character. She has had a rough life. Her mother died when she was young. Her father is MIA. She was in foster care for a while, then decided that she was better off taking care of herself on the streets. She wasn’t completely alone though, she has Mo. Mo is an adult that helped her with documents and signing things for school. He also gives her jobs to help her. He also her only real friend and a mentor for her. He is also the one who convinces her that she should take the bodyguarding job with one of the powerful families.


Devon Sinclair is the only son of the Sinclair family. There have also been many attempts to kill him lately.  When his current bodyguard is killed in Mo’s shop, Mo and Devon’s mother work out a deal to get Lila to become his new bodyguard. I liked Devon. He could be like so many other “trust fund babies”, of which you do see some in this book, but he isn’t. He is a real down to earth guy.


I also have a penchant for loving secondary characters, and that is no different here. I just fell in love with Oscar. He is a redneck pixie that lives in a dollhouse sized dilapidated trailer in Lila’s new room in the Sinclair home. The Sinclair’s felt she needed a pixie, so Oscar helps out around her suite. He also has a tiny pet tortoise named Tiny. If you’ve ever read Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, Oscar makes me think of a hillbilly Jenks. Always drinking honey beer in the trailer, where Jenks would get drunk on just plain ole honey and lived in a rolltop desk (even if only in the winter). I can’t wait to see where Oscar goes in this series.


This story was full of monsters, action,  and great characters. The worldbuilding was amazing. Both Lila and Devon proved to be wonderful young adult characters without all the angst that seems to creep into so many YA novels. We do see them interact with some of the other kids and do things like go on dates, which sounds mundane, but turns out not.



This is my first book with Brittany Pressley. She did a great job with the narration of this series. It takes place in a mythical town of Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia. So there are Southern accents for most of the characters. There is even the accent for the aforementioned Oscar, the drunk, hillbilly pixie. I thought she did a great job with all the different voices. I could always tell who was talking. She really brought out the tone of the story and did great with the snark. I plan to finish this series on audio.


Audiobook Review: Croc and the Fox (Furry United Coalition #3) by Eve Langlais

Croc and the Fox - Audible Studios, Eve Langlais, Abby Craden

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


This is a series that just keeps getting better and better. In this story, we have Viktor, an ornery croc that has no life outside of work and his weapons. He is sent on a mission to rescue some shifters from a lab of the Mastermind. Things go horribly, or not so horribly, wrong for him when one of the victims latches onto him and won’t let go.


Viktor is not happy when his giraffe shifter boss sends him home with the new victim, Project, because there is no room at the compound. Plus this victim who doesn’t even know her real name or if she ever had one, trusts no one but Viktor. She’s not able to shift because of something that was done to her in the lab, but the do learn that she is a red fox. She is very naive because she doesn’t remember anything from her life from before the “incident”. It has left her without most of her memory, inability to shift; and she is also infertile. Worst of all, she is agoraphobic.


Viktor get really creeped out calling her Project, so he lists off names until she finally picks Renee. He keeps fighting his attraction to her. He sees her as a victim and doesn’t want to push himself on her. Plus, he is older than her. There is also the warm blooded with a cold blooded animal thing.

“In the human world, the only time a croc and a fox got together was when a rich society matron carried one as a purse and the other as a fur stole. But in her world, the world of shifters, anything was possible, even a love between cold blooded and hot.”

Not only does this book have a great romance, but it also build quite a bit on the overall story arc. There is a lot of progress made in FUC’s mission to track down the Mastermind. This series continues to be a fun light-hearted series. If you are looking for your standard UF that is all kickass and serious, then this probably isn’t the series for you. If you’re looking for a series that is going to make you laugh and is sexy. The characters are a lot of fun. This is an author that I always turn to when I need a laugh and to get me in a better mood.



Abby Craden continues to a do a great job with this series. I love all the different voices that she does in this series. She has had to add new voices with each book and she has done so with ease. I have zero issue telling the characters apart. I thought her pace and tone continue to be spot on.


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