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Dungeon Crawl

Dungeon Crawl (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #8) By: Annie Bellet

Plot:

New Rule: Never owe a vampire a favor…
Nearly a year after defeating her evil ex, sorceress Jade Crow has found some peace running her comic book store and gaming with her friends. Until the vampire who helped her win against Samir comes knocking and wants the favor repaid.
The Archivist’s request looks simple on its surface. Go into an empty house and check for magic items.
There’s just a tiny problem: simple is not Jade’s forte. There are lies around every turn and soon she’s neck deep in undead.
Not all quests are what they seem and laid to rest doesn’t mean the dead stay buried…

Review:

I’m not sure why this book was necessary. I kind of wish Bellet had just moved on from the main characters because I feel like this didn’t really bring much to the table. It was more of Jade kicking magical butt, but there was no character growth and it felt weird after the big fight from the previous book. It was almost like a big epilogue with a random bad guy in it.

Also, Alec’s mysterious bad guys that show up were really random and didn’t really have any kind of bearing on the overall story.

Overall, I was disappointed.

2.5/5

Wildfire

Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) By: Ilona Andrews

Plot:

Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

Review:

Just to go ahead and get it out of the way this book gets a 5 star rating from me. Ilona Andrews will always have 5 stars from me, unless they really fuck shit up, because I honestly love them that much.

I know that the second book in this series only came out a couple months ago and that I recently re-read the first book, but before reading Wildfire I went ahead and re-read them both. It was nice to have that refresher even though I didn’t need it and be able to jump right into the newest installment.

I love the world in the Hidden Legacy series. The Houses and the powers and everything around them. The dynamic is interesting and not something I read a lot. I should really do some history research on the system.

What I enjoy even more than the world, though, are the characters, specifically Nevada’s family. Nevada is great, and Rogan has grown on me, but her sisters, cousins, mother, and grandmother are the ones that I really love. I’m happy we finally know what everyone’s power is. I felt so sorry for Leon when he finally realized what his power was and I really hope that Andrews doesn’t do to him what was mentioned in the book.

I have a hard time being critical of Ilona Andrews books because I just love them so much, but this time around there were a couple things that I wished had been different. Maybe it’s because I basically gorged myself on this series that I’m able to look at it with a more critical eye, I don’t know.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

I wish that there had been more about them becoming a House and the after affects. This was all about the week before and the conspiracy that they uncovered in the previous books and yet that is still not resolved. So we got no conspiracy resolution and no insight into what it was going to be like for them now that they’re a House. They were attacked almost constantly in the week leading up to their trials, but they kept saying that they would have a reprieve for three years so I’m guessing that doesn’t continue. So what happens next?

Reading the blurb and definitely the covers make this series out to be a Paranormal Romance or Fantasy Romance and by far the least interesting part of the series is the romance part. I want more about the world, about the magic, about everything else but Nevada and Rogan doing it.

This was originally announced as a three book series and as of writing this review there has been no announcement of more books, but the story isn’t complete, the conspiracy is still very much in play, and there’s a lot of interesting things to come for the Baylor’s. I think Andrews has mentioned that even if Avon doesn’t contract them for another book they’re going to write it anyway and self-publish, but I don’t know that for certain. I’m kind of disappointed that the conspiracy wasn’t at least resolved.

Overall I loved the series and I still loved this book, but I want more and it’s not just because it’s an Ilona Andrews book, it’s because the series isn’t complete even though I was lead to believe it would be.

5/5 normal stars 4/5 Ilona Andrews Stars

Veiled Threat

Veiled Threat (Rylee Adamson #7) By: Shannon Mayer

Plot:

Demons are putting rips in the veil in order to cross over and steal my friends and allies away.

But, going after them isn’t even close to simple. The deepest level of the veil is not a place you can just open a doorway too, after all, and of course, that’s where they’ve been taken.

As fate would have it, it looks like I might get some help from a trained demon slayer and his fire breathing ride.

The only problem? Said demon slayer claims to have family ties to me. And I’ve never trusted my family.

Nor am I about to start now.

Review:

This book was nonstop from the minute it started to the very end. That kind of pace just doesn’t work for me. By the end I was skimming because it felt like it was just another fight with Rylee kicking butt. Nothing meant anything anymore.

It was also mainly just build up for the upcoming fight with Orion. Lots and lots of build up with the goal Rylee was working toward for the book kind of feeling contrived except for what happens to Milly and that just seemed like back peddling.

I don’t know, I was more than a bit disappointed. I was hoping to finish the series, but after this I’m not in a rush, which makes me sad.

3/5

Guardian (Rylee Adamson 6.5) By: Shannon Mayer

Guardian (Rylee Adamson 6.5) By: Shannon Mayer

Plot:

“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.”

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

After months of danger, running for my life, and dealing with one crisis after another, I’m finally getting that vacation I deserve.

I even get to take my favorite guardian with me for some serious one on one time.

Of course, when it comes to my life, even a vacation can turn ugly.

And when I say ugly, I mean monsters, magic and death. Just another day in the life of a Tracker.

Review:

It’s been a few years since I’ve read a book in this series and I was concerned I wouldn’t remember what was going on. The fact that this book is just a novella really helped that. It was a side story that eased me back into the characters and didn’t throw me into the deep end.

Even though it was short a lot happened and there were developments that grew the characters. It was short but impactful. It also hinted at what was going on in the world so I feel better prepared to start back into the series.

This book and the next are in Kindle Unlimited so I’m going to move right onto the next.

4/5

The Atlantis Plague (The Origin Mystery #2) By: A.G. Riddle

The Atlantis Plague (The Origin Mystery #2) By: A.G. Riddle

Plot:

In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead–and those the Atlantis Plague doesn’t kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never cures the disease. Immari International offers a different approach: do nothing. Let the plague run its course. The Immari envision a world populated by the genetically superior survivors–a new human race, ready to fulfill its destiny. With control of the world population hanging in the balance, the Orchid Alliance and the Immari descend into open warfare. Now humanity’s last hope is to find a cure, and Kate alone holds the key to unraveling the mystery surrounding the Atlantis Plague. The answer may lie in understanding pivotal events in human history–events when the human genome mysteriously changed. Kate’s journey takes her across the barren wastelands of Europe and northern Africa, but it’s her research into the past that takes her where she never expected to go. She soon discovers that the history of human evolution is not what it seems–and setting it right may require a sacrifice she never imagined.

Review:

Ugh, I did not like this book. I ended up skipping a lot because it just got so boring. There was too much “science” and even lots of history thrown in. I like science and history, but there was just way too much for this to be fun.

The bad guy is still pretty over the top evil. Last time he would occasionally out of the blue have sex and there was more of that in this one. It doesn’t really make sense, to me, it’s just out of nowhere. I don’t know what it’s supposed to make me think of the character cause it’s kind of just random.

Two protagonists are fairly boring. Really dislike the female lead because she’s just sort of there when action happens. I don’t need her to kick butt, but she feels like a door mat. On the other side is the male lead who is all kick butt, bossy, alpha male. He’s also, apparently a history buff.

You found out more about the Atlanteans but it was sprinkled throughout and came about in a roundabout weird way.

Honestly, I just really did not like this book and won’t be reading the next. I don’t even care that I missing out on the rest of the story.

2/5