Review – Taming Demons for Beginners

Taming Demons for Beginners

by Annette Marie

Taming Demons for BeginnersSeries: The Guild Codex: Demonized, Book #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Occult, Supernatural
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Pages: 360
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★★

Rule one: Don’t look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle’s house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don’t practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don’t listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I’m supposed to act like I don’t know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don’t talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn’t find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn’t notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn’t break the rules.

But I did, and now it’s too late.

From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world. Continue reading “Review – Taming Demons for Beginners”

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Review – Dorothy in the Land of Monsters

Dorothy in the Land of Monsters

by Garten Gevedon

Dorothy in the Land of MonstersSeries: Oz ReVamped, Book 1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: October 11, 2019
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | KoboiBooks
My Rating: ★★★★☆

Shifters, Zombies, and Vampires? Oh my!

My name is Dorothy Gale, and I think I might be dead.

When my dog Toto and I got swept up in a twister, we landed in hell. A very colorful hell. Like a rainbow dripping in blood. Now it looks as though this dreadful underworld plagued with vampires, zombies, and shifters will be the site of my eternal damnation.

They say this terrifying land called Oz isn’t hell or purgatory and escape is possible, but first I must survive the journey down the blood-soaked yellow brick road to the only place in Oz where vampires dare not tread—The City of Emeralds.

With enchanted footwear and the help of my three new friends—a friendly zombie, a massive shifter lion, and a heartless axe murderer of evil night creatures (who also happens to be the hottest guy I’ve ever seen)—Toto and I have a chance to make it to the Vampire Free Zone. When we get there, I must convince the most powerful wizard in this magical land of monsters to send us out of this radiant nightmare and back to the world of the living. They say he’s just as frightening as this monstrous land, that he detests visitors, and even the most horrifying creatures cower in his presence. But I must seek him out. And when I find him, I’ll do whatever it takes to make him send me home.


Review

While I greatly enjoyed the story and characters of Dorothy in the Land of Monsters (DitLoM), I was a little befuddled by some of the vocabulary choices the author makes. The book is listed as Teen and Young Adult, and the story line supports that designation, but the vocabulary, especially in the first half of the book, is more appropriate for holders of, or those studying for, advanced degrees.

I certainly don’t mind elevated word choices if there’s a clear reason for it, but they seem out-of-place in a teen book. It’s also odd to me that the author’s use of higher level vocabulary diminishes as the book continues. Perhaps DitLoM would benefit from an extra edit to standardize the vocabulary levels.

If you can get past the pretentious-feeling vocabulary to the latter half of the book, it’s a fun story. The author expertly works their new elements into the Oz story we all know and love. The characters are well-written and likable.

I’m eager to read the future installments of the Oz ReVamped series. I want to see more of Dorothy, Nick, Ardie, Werelion, and Toto. I’m curious to find out how the story continues, and where their adventures will take them.


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About the Author

Garten Gevedon lives in New York City with her family. She’s a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author who loves taking fairy tales and turning them inside out.

Author links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | BookBub


Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary eBook I received from Xpresso Book Tours. The complimentary receipt of this book has in no way affected my review or rating.

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Review – Seize

Seize

by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

SeizeSeries: Magnus Blackwell, Book 3
Genres: Adult, Supernatural
Release Date: March 26th 2019
Pages: 359
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
My Rating: ★★★★☆

Lexie Arden has a loving husband, a thriving business, and consults with the New Orleans Police Dept on murder cases. Kalfu has given her everything she desires, but challengers to her authority are closing in.

Her dark secret remains hidden from everyone except Magnus. He sees the evil growing stronger, changing her, and hurting her marriage. If Lexie doesn’t rid herself of Kalfu’s influence soon, the consequences will be irreversible.

When she unexpectedly inherits a cottage in the swamp, she uncovers a library of rare books on voodoo. Their spells can reverse the dark lord’s hold and set right the balance between darkness and light. But such magic requires a great sacrifice; one Lexie isn’t willing to make.

With the shadow spirits and raging voodoo gods vying for her attention, Lexie is on the verge of losing everything—her husband, her power, Magnus, and possibly, her life.

The battle for control of the mambo’s soul is about to begin.

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Book Blitz – A Touch of Darkness

Disclaimer: I’ve stated in the past that I don’t feel comfortable promoting books I haven’t read. I signed up for a review tour stop for this book, but received notice on May 2nd that the book would not be available in time for the tour. Rather than abandon my spot on the tour, I decided to post this excerpt as requested by the author via Xpresso Book Tours. Please consider this post as informative as opposed to promotional. I have not read the book as of posting this.

A Touch of Darkness

by Scarlett St. Clair

A Touch of DarknessGenres: Adult, Mythology, Romance
Series: Hades & Persephone, Book 1
Release Date: Spring 2019

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.

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FanFiction Review – The Dentists’ Daughter

The Dentists’ Daughter

by old-crow

Genre: Harry Potter
Word Count: 20,081
My Rating: ★★★+

Dan and Emma Granger’s peaceful life is rocked by a visitor claiming that there is a magical world. More shocking, the visitor wants their only daughter to become a part of that world! What would responsible parents do?

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FanFiction Review – Results of a Proper Introduction

Results of a Proper Introduction

by dunuelos

Genre: Harry Potter
Word Count: 73,285
My Rating: ★★★

A spin-off of my Lone Traveler stories (Lone Traveler originally from The Professional). Harry gets a proper introduction with some insights from an alternate self who has lived it. What does he do with this information? How would his attitudes change?

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FanFiction Review – Building a Better Burrow

Building a Better Burrow

by dunuelos

Genre: Harry Potter
Word Count: 35,149
My Rating: ★★★+

The Better Burrow arc from my Lone Traveler compendium: The Lone Traveler encounters the Burrow before it was expanded. Maybe it can be made into a safer and more comfortable home for this version of the Weasleys. It’s amazing how much a building can change history.

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FanFiction Review – One More Time

One More Time

by loverofeevee

Genre: Harry Potter
Word Count: 40,904
My Rating: ★★★

Contains evil Dumbledore, Lily and James not Harry’s real parents, non-con and child abuse, mpreg, yaoi, own character, and time travel. With Voldermort gone, Dumbledore revealed his true colours. Harry had the chance to live his life over. Will he manage to save his friends from two evil wizards?

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FanFiction Review – No Hurry at All

No Hurry At All

by robst

Genre: Harry Potter
Word Count: 126,691
My Rating: ★★☆

Remus was so shocked at seeing Sirius fall through the veil that Harry had raced past him before the boy’s intentions even registered with the werewolf. Screaming “Sirius!” Harry followed his godfather into the veil before anyone could stop him. H/Hr

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FanFiction Review – Lord of Caer Azkaban

Lord of Caer Azkaban

by Rorschach’s Blot

Genre: Harry Potter
Word Count: 119,393
My Rating: ★★☆

A letter causes Harry to learn some surprising things about his lineage, a different twist on the usual Harry in Azkaban story line.

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