“Old Ones, I was fucking weird. Why couldn’t I just be normal?” — Summer Semester: Omega Wolf Academy by J.J. King
Trauma. PTSD. Coping mechanisms. Wolves–TRULY SEXY WOLVES. Academy romances. There are many things to unpack in Summer Semester: Omega Wolf Academy, so I need to figure out where to start.
Alexis, Lexi, to her friends, wants to have a fresh start, but there is one thing you can never outrun, and that is yourself. My girl is struggling with nightmares of her past. The worst is the darkness that haunts her even in the light. All she is looking for is normality—a few moments of being a plain Jane. But it’s not in the books for her. –at least not this book.
Title: I Am Here Now Author: Barbara Bottner Genre: YA Historical, Coming of Age Release Date: 04 August 2020
Set in the 1960s, Barbara Bottner’s I Am Here Now is a beautiful novel in verse about one artist’s coming of age. It’s a heartbreaking, powerful and inspiring depiction of what it’s like to shatter your life—and piece it all back together.
You can’t trust Life to give you decent parents, or beautiful eyes, a fine French accent or an outstanding flair for fashion. No, Life does what it wants. It’s sneaky as a thief.
Maisie’s first day of High school should be exciting, but all she wants is to escape.
Her world is lonely and chaotic, with an abusive mother and a father who’s rarely there to help.
So when Maisie, who finds refuge in her art, meets the spirited Rachel and her mother, a painter, she catches a glimpse of a very different world—one full of life, creativity, and love—and latches on.
But as she discovers her strengths through Rachel’s family, Maisie, increasingly desperate, finds herself risking new friendships, and the very future she’s searching for.
Forbidden Frost is an excellent continuation of this series! Kudos to Riley Onyx.
I’m going to try to do this without spoiling too much because Forbidden Frost has a lot of essential elements in its story that I think build the world and lore, and you should experience it in the book, not a review! So here goes.
This is the story of the rescue ship sent to save Rin; she watches it crash at the end of Succumb to the Storm. Leah is a medical technician on the team whose life is endangered when she nearly dies at the crash site. But what saves her, damns her and her savior, both.
Title: The Swallow Author: Marie Snow Genre: Psychological Thriller/Suspense Release Date:25 August 2020
Sometimes you had to embrace the darkness to find the light.
There was a time when Michelle Landry thought she had the perfect life. Happiness, love, they were all in her grasp. But then loss and despair had her waking up and realizing the only thing she was guaranteed in life was a broken heart.
The city of Stillwake was the chance for a new beginning. With her problems behind her and a fresh start in front of her, Michelle felt like she had purpose again… like she could be happy once more.
Like she could love.
But Stillwake had its own evils lurking and it surrounded Michelle. With a string of serial killings making headlines, Michelle felt her tentatively healed world crashing around her.
She started to wonder if maybe that darkness was coming back, threatening to pull her down further. She either had to fight for the surface, or just accept her life and let it take her under.
Title: Calla (Pixieland Diaries #2) Author: Christina Bauer Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult Release Date: 28 July 2020
Big news in Pixieland! The Blue Fairy is sending our fave pixie, Calla, and her crush, Dare, on a mini-quest. Unfortunately it’s an adventure that requires a lot of togetherness. We’re talking tons of touching, people.
Blue believes that since Calla and Dare are just friends, this situation shouldn’t be awkward. It’s totally awkward.
***A 30,000+ word diary written by Calla***
“I absolutely love Christina Bauer’s style, full of action, intense scenes, and characters that will test one’s imaginations to the max!” – Tome Tender
Title: Until Talon (Until Him #4) Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date:04 August 2020
When Mia Allenton’s sister calls, asking her for help after finding out her husband cheated, Mia packs up her life in Montana and moves to Tennessee to be there for her and her three girls. As Mia begins to settle in, a tornado comes through, bringing along with it Talon Mayson, a man determined to prove to her that good men do exist.
Talon knows he’s got his work cut out for him when it comes to earning Mia’s trust, but slowly her walls start to crumble, and they begin to build something beautiful. Unfortunately, someone from Talon’s past isn’t happy about him being back in Tennessee, and they’re willing to do anything to prevent him from ever being happy.
Is the Boom between Talon and Mia strong enough to weather the storm that’s coming?
I want to give this an extra star for Demon the Cat, but I can’t honestly justify the indulgence–this is a solid three-star book.
Emily Baker’s life suuucks. She is one pizza delivery away from the end of a shift, and wouldn’t you know there is a cat out there just waiting to eff up her entire life.
Long, hard days at a veterinary practice aren’t the only reason Logan Price is grumpy; that quality is part of his disposition. Having a near-miss collision with a delivery scooter that almost wipes out a kitty cat is the last straw for today.
Yet after the altercation, Logan has no idea why the wrong-doer is turning him on, why he’s taking her back to his clinic with the cat, why he’s making the near cat killer a cat owner, or why he’s demanding she and the cat come back the following day. It has something to do with pheromones, or possibly he’s thinking with the wrong body part.
These two are an odd couple, and they are cute together. Emily is very whacky to Logan’s straight guy. Demon is further whacky to both of them. Oops, My Bad is a cute Rom-Com that has many chuckles. But one of the things it lacks is steam in its steamy parts. Those parts are rushed and read awkwardly. It feels like they are supposed to be dirty, but they are just dirty words instead.
Overall I did enjoy this read even though it has some clunky faults.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.
Title: The Good Samaritan Author: Melynda Price Genre: Adult Thriller Release Date:30 July 2020
“Only through death, can one truly experience life…” ~The Good Samaritan
With dreams of becoming an Emergency physician, resident Dr. Emma Rhodes has struggled to overcome the tragedy of her past. She’s moving on with her life and reinventing herself despite the guilt that still haunts her. Emma’s goals are finally within her grasp, and the fresh start she’s worked so hard for is hers for the taking. Or is it?
Shot in the line of duty, Detective Sawyer Gerrard owes Dr. Rhodes his life. A budding friendship with the doctor quickly ignites into a complicated relationship when a series of murders leads him to believe she’s being targeted by a serial killer. When the Good Samaritan claims yet another victim, the investigation takes a dangerous turn. The killer knows Emma’s secret and he’s toying with Sawyer, pulling them into a deadly game of cat and mouse where there’s only one rule: nothing is as it seems…
DARK. Very brutally dark. Some twisted minds wrote Caged. And they should be proud of themselves.
Caged is the last in the Primal Obsessions books, and the series was so easy to devour in two days that I’m ashamed of my gluttony–lies, I reveled in it. I liked this entire series, but this book has some harsher visuals than the other two, in my opinion.
Aimee trespasses onto Pride territory with her boyfriend and his two friends and is met with brutal force. Taken prisoner, she watches the other members of her party be viciously murdered. She is then gifted as a prize to Blaze, one of the Pride Alphas by the Pride Mother, for bringing the trespassers to justice.
I’ve been reading this series since the start, and it’s been getting better with each book, Black Knight, by far the best in the Royal Elite Series. It’s compelling and gorgeous in its emotional depth. Kim’s characterization is fantastic and truer than book three, Twisted Kingdom when she came across like a fluffy little cheer queen. But there is so much of this book re-used from Rina Kent’s other books. And much is nonsensical as far as the plotline is concerned. And Xander, where to even start there?
And I’m prepared for the rotten tomatoes and voices of dissent but hear me out before you get angry.
Kim and Xander were besties growing up, completely inseparable. Then one day, Kim and Xan have a level two event on a scale of one-to-ten, he’s cold to Kim and tells her she’s disgusting and hates her. Boys are awful, but this is strange. It doesn’t follow the timeline mentioned in the earlier books, which is ten years old, and this occurs when these two are eleven.
Secondly, there is a point in Black Knight in which a triggering event causes a life-threatening situation. Kim’s life is endangered–wait, didn’t that happen to Ella in Twisted Kingdom? And several times to Reina in Lies and Truth Duet?
My point is we are at clickbait level of storytelling, where we all wait for the next story with the same trope with just a little further pushing of the envelope. I’m not knocking the writing; I’m knocking the lack of creativity. I waited for how many months for this, and I got a regurgitation. What’s worse; It was the wrapping paper of shock value content and a pity party for two of my favorite characters.
Which brings me to Knight, what the — ?
I couldn’t buy into the characterization sold in this book. The problem with dual POV is it ruins the mystery, right? It is also supposed to explain some of the hatred, but this POV insight further trivialized it. It made it seem as if he was unhinged. Not only bonkers–but also foolishly so that the rest of the Horseman pitied him–which is out of character. Previous three books establish Ronan as his best friend, but he comments against this, suggesting he tells his secrets to Aiden.
But that isn’t where my issues start; they are just everywhere. Xander is dealing with many home life and personal problems in this book that are supposed to clarify why he’s such a douchecanoe. We are just dealing with more clickbait fodder. It’s a mountain rather than one manageable and actionable issue. But this is typical Rina reveal fashion. Why be happy with managing one thing when we can reveal personal weakness, betrayal, scandal, lying parents, near-death experience, perversions and degradations, and the ultimate sacrifice. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. Sometimes too much is just too much.
I would like one good book that is less fan service and based on Rina ripping her heart out to write and less trying to use the stuff she’s done before.
About Rina Kent:
Rina Kent in an English author who’s constantly parading between France and North Africa due to her studies and her husband’s demanding job. When she’s not packing suitcases or hopping from one plane to the other, she’s busy whipping her characters to shape.
Since a young age, Rina has been obsessed with storytelling and flawed, edgy characters. Her heroes are often killers and anti-heroes and her books are always sprinkled with darkness, angst, violence, and lots of heat.