Quick Review – House of Ravens by Karpov Kinrade

Karpov Kinrade does an excellent job yet again with House of Ravens.

This novel has been increased greatly with more content from the original version, and it was a step up! This new, revised version was incredible and leaves the reader desperate for more!

While book one left you on a bit of a hanger about what will happen next, House of Ravens fills the void and creates an epic fantasy for every reader to enjoy. Nightfall/Scarlett grows a lot in this book, and I felt like the character growth was exponential compared to the last novel, Court of Nightfall. This growth makes the book a lot more enjoyable, and with all the drama and action occurring makes it a great step up.

The novel moves at a decent, fast pace – it doesn’t feel to slow, but it doesn’t feel like you’re skipping over any important details when you read it. The story also moves smoothly, and doesn’t chop around like some novels tend to do. I personally didn’t get bored with it, and I didn’t feel the need to skip over some chapters (like some books present to the reader).

The twists, turns and surprises of the novel make this a worthy purchase/read. It’s rare to find a long novel with a great plot, good character development and a smooth and steady story that keeps you interested. It was an honor to read this novel and I desperately want more!

Overall, this extravagant novel will take you out of this world, leave you breathless, desperate for more and wanting to throw a temper tantrum because the next book isn’t out just yet!

Five out of five stars!

 

~ Briar

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Quick Review – Court of Nightfall by Karpov Kinrade

The new,revised Court of Nightfall was superb!

To begin with, the cover is incredible. It is beautiful, stunning and spectacular! And once you’ve read the novel, the cover makes complete sense with the story.

Now for the review…
The story follows a color-blind teenage girl named Star as she copes with some interesting, supernatural aspects in her life. Her parents are hiding secrets from her, her best friend Jax might not be who he says he is and there’s something special about her that just seems off. And to tie it all up, Nephilim are a serious issue.

Karpov and Kinrade did an excellent job writing this novel. It is a fantasy-type novel with suspense and thrills at every turn. The novel does start off at a slow pace, but this is because the novel is explaining Star’s back story and preparing the reader with information needed further along in the novel.

This new, revised version also gave more information on the characters. There is more back story and drama which makes the characters more believable and made me feel more attached to Star, Jax and all of their fellow characters.

At the beginning, all of the terms thrown at the reader, such as Templar and Nephilim, can seem confusing to the reader, but Karpov and Kinrade explain them thoroughly throughout the novel, so by the end the reader understands almost everything going on in the nvoel.

Overall, this novel is spectacular. My opinion has not changed on Karpov and Kinrade – they can write a hit that is thrilling, suspenseful, and leaves you anticipating the next novel.

Five out of five stars!

 

~ Briar

Quick Review – Midnight Star by Karpov Kinrade

This book is addicting, thrilling and magically creative!

You will want to finish this book in one sitting, and you’ll want to reread it again and again! Karpov Kinrade does an excellent job at creating an epic sequel that leaves readers wanting more. You wouldn’t expect a sequel to be better than the original, but KK keeps building on their story and leaving me breathless!

Arianna is a wonderfully built character who has a personality and a mind of her own. She isn’t your cookie cutter YA or adult novel star, she’s an earth shattering, beautifully written character! She has many layers and will surprise you on her journey!

The twists and turns of the plot will make any reader not want to put it down. This story is anything but boring, and that made me love it! I hate a story that slows down and creates a sense of boredom, this story makes sure you don’t have that!

Reading this book is important for the series and I would suggest reading the first novel if you are going to pick this series up. This book contains important information regarding background history of our realms and main character, but it needs the background of the first novel to serve it justice.

Five out of five stars! Karpov Kinrade wows again! A must read for fantasy lovers!

 

~ Briar

Quick Review – Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade

Vampire Girl is another smash hit by Karpov and Kinrade that will not disappoint!

There are seven men and they are the seven sins of hell, and man does it get hot!

But what’s different from other books about hell and sins, you might ask? This isn’t your typical burning inferno, the residents are different fantastical/mythological creatures – vampires, fae, the likes.

Our main character Arianna is a determined, strong willed girl. But, (there’s always a but) she has to marry one of the demons from hell. Despite this novel being in a fantasy setting, Karpov and Kinrade wrote it in a way you could believe it would happen. Arianna seems so real, and you get attached to her pretty quickly – you feel for what’s going to happen to her.

Overall, Karpov Kinrade does a fantastic job. I can’t wait for the next book – I’m desperate to get my hands on it!

*****This isn’t a YA novel, so keep that in mind when reading fellow bookworms!*****

~Briar

Quick Review – Lexington and 42nd by Kim Carmody

“Lexington and 42nd was a hot, steamy romance that follows a realistic plot.

First of all, I loved the fact that this book was semi-realistic – it took time for the characters’ relationship to build! These characters didn’t just look at each other and fall in love. They went through romantic stages, they fought, they took in considerations like life choices and all the fun parts about being an adult before they made a decision. And as boring as that sounds, Kim Carmody made it thrilling and addicting!

These characters were also made very realistic. They weren’t perfect, cookie-cutter characters – they had flaws and reasoning behind their actions. This made the book more interesting, since these characters had problems to face that wasn’t just ‘wow some guy doesn’t think I’m hot’!

As a sports lover, this book was also quite the charmer. I don’t like football, but it gave a realistic view into the life of a sport’s fan (even if Emma isn’t the biggest fan in the world).

Now, the “problems”:
While there was conflict in the story, it wasn’t very big. It was briefly touched on and seemed more like the side plot of the story. But, this is mainly a romance novel so it is understandable. This conflicting conflict might bug some readers.

Our main character was incredibly emotional, but that could just be how the character was built. I just find that having an emotional character might bug some readers (even though it shows she is a well built character to other readers).

Overall, I enjoyed this novel. It impressed me! I am definitely going to pick up the second book if I ever find it!

Five out of five stars!
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.”

 

This review is on my Goodreads profile.

~Briar

Quick Review – How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad

Negin Farsad’s comedy-memoir book is absolutely fantastic!

I really enjoyed this novel! It gives a wonderful insight to the life of an Iranian-American, being a comedian, and of culture.

Negin does a great job at explaining culture with a hint of comedy in it. Discussing culture can be a very boring topic, but this book spices it up and makes the conversation lighter! I really did enjoy how Negin explains her culture and her life, and I would definitely pick up another book like this! She also includes many funny lists that show her comedic nature (Ex list of Sorority girl names, totally priceless!!).

This book isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but Negin manages to put an exciting and happy spin on all of her darker times!

Honestly, I hope she writes another book! I don’t know what about, but she really should!

Five out of five stars! Hilarious, insightful and beautifully written!

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.”

This uber quick review is on Goodreads.

~Briar

Quick Review – True North by Tamsen Parker

“My comment for this entire book – “Holy crackers Tamsen! Calm down!”.

Yet again, Tamsen Parker proves to me that she is indeed my favourite author by bringing major sexiness and awesome writing into one beautiful yet sensual novel.

This book is an erotica, and man does Tamsen know how to write them. Readers need to keep in mind this book is “part” of a series (meaning the universe of the Compass series) but this book can be a standalone. The other three books were of one character, and this one now involves Slade!

Some BDSM is involved in this story – it’s not to crazy by my standard, but not all readers may feel comfortable with this. Keep that in mind before you pick up the book!

Now, into the juicy parts…

Slade has always been a major jerk, so seeing his side of the story is rather interesting. This man who enjoyed taking his frustrations out on people now has his eyes set on a “put together” female who’s actually quite the “mess”. His one night stand has come back, and somehow they seem to be developing much more than they had before…

This book is juicy! Second chances, hot nights, a pinch of BDSM, hints of romance, strange fetishes, first person male, vulnerable situations, sick desires, D/S…Man. I can’t put this book down, and I fully intend to buy myself a print copy when I can find it (I have an electronic copy). I want this book to sit proudly with all the other books I have by Tamsen Parker, because this book is a goldmine!

I enjoyed these characters, and I wasn’t sure if I would since I was so attached to India and Cris. I also enjoyed that this book is related to the series, but not fully the next book. Seeing India and Cris again would have been great, but this book changes it up and makes it even hotter! There’s only so much we can see with India and Cris before it gets a little repetitive (but Tamsen, if you read this, more India and Cris is still welcomed by this girl!!! 😉 )

Overall, I’d give it more than five stars if possible. Tamsen has wow-ed me again, and there is a reason she’s my top author (first place!!! Yay Tamsen!!).

Five out of five stars.”

 

This review is on my Goodreads profile.

 

~ Briad