The Assassins Revenge

Title: The Assassins Revenge

Author: Shana Vernon

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: Kindle Edition

Find It: Amazon, Goodreads, Website

My name is Lenna Turgenov, and I’m an assassin.
I decided to stay at the Guild undercover, itching for revenge.
They killed Papa, and now they need to pay.
The Guild has a dirty secret, one I’m determined to bring to out into the light.
They’ve been hunting innocent vampire-human hybrids, a species the regular world has no clue even exists.
Can I avenge Papa and save the hybrids before the Benefactor catches on and kills us all?

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Hybrid Chronicles. Starting right where the first book left off, Lena was just two minutes too late in saving her father. Her entire drive in the first book! Now, having witnessed his death, she’s (obviously) out to get her revenge on those who had anything to do with Alexei’s capture and death. Not only that but she is also determined to help hybrids that are being slaughtered simply because they were born. Like in the first book she enlists the help of Max, her vampire confidant, and new vampire friend Luka. Along with her other friends, who have now become her family. Together they form a tight knit and very lethal group. Lena also still doesn’t want anyone in the Guild to know her true identity. Except those in her immediate circle. All of this on top of keeping up their studies to graduate and take on their own contracts without the approval of masters.

The author warned me that in this book Lena is a lot more blood thirsty, and boy is she! Lena’s magical abilities are put to use over and over again as she works on her secret agenda. Earning herself a reputation as a lethal rogue assassin. There is no lack of action in this book. Shana Vernon did a magnificent job of weaving just enough drama, background story, and plenty of fight scenes. Nothing in this book felt over powering in any way. Lena’s character goes through a lot of emotional turmoil, yet none of that seemed to drag her down. Heck it never even slowed her down. If anything it propelled her more into her endeavors. She allowed herself one single moment to really weep for the loss of her father.
Sadly his was not, and surely still won’t be, the last death in these books. After spending more time with the characters from the first book the relationships seemed to grow in strength. The connection to those familiar to me grew. I felt it when there was another character lost, and when revenge was exacted on those who really deserved it. This book had my emotions all over the place at times! I even swooned every time Lena got to spend time with a certain vampire (*Luka*). I just like him!

There are many new characters in this book. A couple of new vampires, who’s names escape me at the moment, who become great allies when Lena needs them. The one who stands out the most to me is Luka. He becomes a truly good friend to Lena. He becomes protective over her and we can see the beginnings of a deeper affection between the two.
Honestly I wasn’t incredibly attached to Cade to begin with. Sure his story is sad. In this book his character is way out of line. He just won’t budge! There is no compromise, there is no middle ground. He’s sticking to his guns and that’s it. Which is fine! All I’m going to say about that is way to go Lena!
Sofia and the others (Ekon, Ryder, even Hailee and Bri) remain fantastic as they are. Sofia is still snarky and has a mouth that all the soap in the world could never fix. I love it! Everyone has grown significantly stronger in their abilities and strengths too.

Let me just say that the betrayal in this book, wow! If I hadn’t been reading my Kindle I may have thrown the book down. On the one hand, what the heck!?! On the other hand, mmmm ya probably should have seen that one coming.
Perfectly balanced was the shocker Sahana Vernon left me reeling with at the end. Another new character has been introduced, but that’s not the kicker. The kicker is who he is! All the news he brings and one very particular bit of information regarding Lena’s family that was just, whoa. After that last betrayal though I am very slow to trust this new character. Regardless of his lineage. Oh! Also, Luka. What!? (That’s all I’m gonna say about him.)

The ending is quite abrupt. I found myself looking for more and more. Not realizing how deeply hooked into this book I had become! Though it’s not a surprise because the last book also ended on a very big cliff hanger. I am definitely eager to read the third book in this trilogy.

A huge thank you to Shana Vernon for giving me a copy of this book! I have enjoyed it, immensely!

Rating:

Recommendation:

I’m just going to say this. Vampires, magic, light whips, lots of action and Luka! Highly recommend reading these books! These are great paranormal fantasy books to get lost in and before you know it you’ll be at the end! Eager for more.

There was so much more that I wanted to touch on but it would have basically given away the story. I feel like i can’t stop rambling about Lena and what she’s dong.

Wayward Witch – Book Review

When I first got this book I received it as an ARC. In fact all three of these books I received as ARC’s. Since these all came to me as e-arc’s I don’t own any physical copies but I need them! These will probably be my Christmas gift to myself.
I prolonged finishing this as long as I could because I didn’t want this to end, and by the time I was actually done the book was released! Let’s dive into the review because I have things to say!

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The Assassins Daughter – Book Review

Hey guys! Today is my stop for The Assassin’s Daughter Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. As always you have a chance to win in the Giveaway, don’t forget to enter at the end!

Title: The Assassin’s Daughter (The Hybrid Chronicles Book 1)
Author: Shana Vernon
Publication Date: July 15, 2020
Publisher: Shana Vernon
Formats: Paperback, ebook
Pages: 195
Find It: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

I’ve been hiding from the Guild since I was born. If they knew about my magic, they would kill me in a heartbeat. I should be avoiding them, but instead, I enter the Guild as a regular human recruit.
Why?
Papa went missing after a mission, and I need answers. I realize I might have bitten off more than I can chew when my new instructor is the guy I kissed a few months before. It doesn’t seem like Cade recognizes me without my disguise, but if he does and blows the whistle, I’m as good as dead and so is Papa.

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My Thoughts:

Where, where do I start!?
Right away the reader is thrown into the story. There was very little background and build up but hey, this was a bit on the shorter side. That in no way hindered the experience. In fact it was kind of nice not spending an immense amount of time waiting for the story to start.
The book’s pace was fast moving. A lot of this takes place inside the Guilds training facility. Which felt very Hunger Games meets Harry Potter -esque to me. Not only do the initiates undergo tests for their fighting skills, they are also tested on knowledge and even take classes. One such class was Poisons, something that kept making me think of Potions or Herbology. Though not in a dark dungeon or greenhouse.

The myriad of characters that Vernon has created in her story truly brings this fantasy adventure to life. Our protagonist makes a variety of friends who’s personalities vary from snarky and sassy (Sofia), hot and muscular (every guy she meets), to pretty and polished (Brielle). Along with some enemies. The reader gets to spend a great amount of time getting to know these characters, as most of the story takes place from within the Guilds HQ. So there was no feeling of disconnect due to the lack of build up in the beginning.

While Lenna’s character may at first sound like a typical heroine, she has more depth than expected. She’s patient, biding the right time to make her moves. She’s incredibly rational, making little to no mistakes due to over emotional stress. This was a huge refreshment in a world where female protagonists often let their emotions guide their decisions. Then you have your basics, strength in body and abilities galore! Lenna has a diverse number of abilities which she uses to her advantage.

For a while it’s hard to tell where the romance is coming from. As I mentioned there are a couple of male’s in this book. Each one with a certain soft spot for our protagonist. About halfway through the book we finally get a look at who will take on the role of lead male. Now, it’s not what you would call a subtle connection. However it wasn’t exactly instalove either.

Suffice it to say it’s a good thing this is only the first book, because at the end you’re definitely left wanting for more. There’s no way you can read this book and not wonder what Vernon is going to bring us next. Here’s to hoping the wait isn’t long!

My Rating:

I couldn’t give this a full five star rating and here’s why. There is way too much sexual tension that seems to come out of nowhere. It’s like, Leena sees a guy and Bam! Somehow he’s automatically super sexy with huge muscles and now she’s having dirty thoughts. Also they all seem to want her.
For me that was just very impractical. Sexual tension in books is great! But it happened almost every time she saw a guy.

Recommendation:

I would definitely recommend this book! To lovers of Fantasy, Action, and Adventure. Not to mention the huge Paranormal element.

About Shana:

Shana Vernon is a full-time writer and mother of triplet boys. ​When she isn’t writing or taking care of her kiddos, she is reading, exercising, experimenting with cooking, or traveling around the world.

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Devils Ways – Book Review

Hey guys! As promised I’m featured in a blog tour this week hosted by Rockstar Book Tours ❤ I love this site so much. There is always something fun to take part in.
Let’s get into it. Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the end!

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Beautiful Creatures Book Review

Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance,
Pages: 563

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

My Thoughts:

This was a really long read and a bit of a push to get through. The story was very slow to progress. I would have enjoyed it more if it moved faster. So much the book just felt sluggish. You could probably take out about 200 pages of unnecessary and the book would still have plenty of body, enough detail for everyone to get the big picture and then some.
Ethan and Lena (Lena Beena), the love story; how much is there to say really? It was your average falling head over heals, obsessive, sticking to each other like glue kind of adolescent love. A typical YA trope. It was cute in that homely way, but it wasn’t really heart felt. Not for me.

I did enjoy the characters! So there was that. Every single character was one that I easily loved! Riddley, Ama and Ethan, hands down my favourite. Ama’s confidence in her wisdom, gained from her own years and from those passed down to her by her mother and grandmother. She’s definitely picturesque when it comes to the south.
Riddley is one of the antagonists though not the antagonist. She’s very good at being bad. You can’t help but love her for that. Also, she made me want lollipops while I was reading.
Ethan = Southern Charm ❤ who doesn’t love that?

The magic element, the paranormal, the fantasy. That was what attracted me to this series. It was nullified by the endless pages of ranting detail but it was prominent enough in the whole picture that it kept me holding on.
The whole book just felt, mediocre. So this review might be mediocre as well. Sorry about that guys.

I do intend to read the next book. This looks like a promising series, I want it to be good! To be worth the long exasperated build up.

My Rating:

My Recommendation:

Read it. Don’t push it. Give yourself plenty of time to adjust with the slow movement of the plot. It’s definitely worth trying especially those who are interested in magic and fantasy, and also the south.

Have you read this series? Let me know! I wanna hear what you thought of this first book, the movie and the series a whole if you’ve read it.

Love and Gelato – Book Review

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

Pages: 389

“I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

My Thoughts: I’ve never been to Italy, though it has always been part of my bucket list. Thanks to Lina, Howard, Ren, and of course Jenna Evans Welch, I feel as though I was just there! This book was everything I was looking for. A fun, light, sweet adventure. Something to kick start my summer.

For a book that revolves around an otherwise heart crushing background, it was really good! I had plenty of laughs and even a few giddy smiles. A few. What Lina goes through, her grief and her loneliness…….I could feel it. Jenna Evans Welch does a great job of putting you right in the middle of Lina’s heart. If, like me, you are no longer a teenager but reading this it will throw you right back into all those feelings of infatuation and adventure. And if, like me, you have felt the bitter tang of loss, you will also be reminded of the grief that comes with being without the person who was a part of your everyday life. Even if you haven’t. It is a very real struggle. Jenna Evans does a wonderful job of taking that and writing a book that doesn’t feel morbid or depressing, despite Lina’s living situation.

Ren (Lorenzo) was easily my favourite character. He brought on a lot of humor! He was cute, quirky, just the right amount of weird and very outspoken.

No offense but Ren can be very strange. He always says whatever pops into his head.

From the moment Ren meets Lina he jumps right into helping her uncover the secrets of her mothers journal. Which leads to quite the adventure. They share an affection that can be taken to either a comfortable level of friendship or, maybe something more? Also, he lives in a gingerbread house! Spoiler! Just a small one.

Howard’s character is big on history. He takes Lina to a few places in Florence and details the history behind the statue pieces, art and buildings he shows her. He’s also a great dad, though maybe a little bit too lenient. Even if Lina is almost eighteen. Howard is jumps right into his new “dad” role when it comes to Lina. Even going as far as intimidating Ren about taking Line out and about. He’s crazy about the Beatles (nice), pizza and makes muffins at like twelve a.m. Aside from being surprisingly sweet, he also has his own secrets that surprised me a little bit toward the end. But you’ll just have to read the book to find out what they are.

I pictured Harrison Ford (as Professor Jones) for Howard, and I’m not really sure why!

Lina’s character, much like the book, was expected and not surprising. Unlike other adolescent characters in books, she was only mildly annoying toward the end. Other than that I found her character quite refreshing. She clearly tries to put a lid on her feelings over losing her mother. Since it’s been only her and her mother all of her life I was quite impressed with how she did (not that she needed to). There were break downs, understandable. Also the time she took to read through her mothers journal was agonizing to me! Probably because I was so eager to know what happened. I blame this on good writing skills from the author. Still, like Ren, she was cute and awkward.

Side Note: Gelato! I must know what real Gelato tastes like!

My Rating:

Recommend? Absolutely! This received an average score from me because it felt like an average book. That might seem harsh but I don’t mean for it to. I just mean that I wasn’t blown away. Of course I wasn’t looking to be. I was looking for something to cleanse my palette and this did exactly that. I love it for what it was and yes, I do recommend reading it. Especially for the summer.

What are you reading this Summer? It’s not the official season yet but the weather sure feels like it! If you’ve read this I’d LOVE to know what your take on it was.