#BookReview Scars by Ruth Miranda

There is a BIG time jump (and by big, I mean two years) in this novel. There is a slight summary of the first book in this series, which is helpful, but if you haven’t read the first novel in a LONG time, maybe read a quick summary or a few reviews to get yourself caught up!

Scars follows Marcus and Cai as they search for their Father (Titus). Life is getting trickier with their abilities, but they are determined to track him down no matter the consequences. Has their Father taken on a new name? Will some ghosts from their past come back to haunt them? And will their new friends betray them? These are all worthy questions to ponder as you make your way through this book.

I have to say, I liked this better than the first one! I think this sequel ups the thrills and fun, especially with Marcus and Cai interacting. It is a bit darker than it’s predecessor, but I thought it was a great addition to this series! Although, the worst part of the book is the cliffhanger. Ruth likes to leave you hanging and desperate for the next novella! So, we’ll all have to wait and see what happens to our boys and their new friends and family in the final book of the trilogy.

The book is a fantasy novel, full of vampires, fey and witches. It’s not horror, but does have one sexy scene that makes it closer to R than you’d expect. There are dark tones and themes, but nothing that will scare you or disturb you too much.

It’s also rather fast paced. I felt myself easily reading this book and suddenly it was over! But it was a delightful read. So as short and quick as it was, the book turned out excellent! Some of the scenes are quite shocking, and I didn’t see them coming. Ruth has a real talent at throwing those twists and turns at you, throwing you off guard for the next scene.

On a side note, I love that the titles of these books actually play into the stories! Blood was a big scene stealer in the first novella, while scars are often discussed in this one. I always love seeing the titles having some relation to the book, but this one really worked well!

Overall, this book was a real gem! I’m definitely getting more into this series and I want to read more by Ruth Miranda! Her books are truly excellent!

Five out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the author Ruth Miranda in exchange for an honest review.


Check out Ruth Miranda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15263413.Ruth_Miranda

Find Scars on:

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Goodreads – Goodreads – Blood

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Amazon.ca – Amazon.ca – Blood

Find some more reads by Ruth Miranda:

Amazon.con – A Study for Love / Amazon.ca – A Study for Love


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#BookReview Blood by Ruth Miranda


Blood by Ruth Miranda is a paranormal novel full of thrills, suspense and mystery!

Vampires? Fey? Visions? This book is hitting every notch on the fantastical belt of epicness!

I truly found this book intriguing and couldn’t put it down. It starts off as a character study, following Caius (also known as Chaos), who is in a big band and is uber famous. Now, that’s all fine and dandy but he’s been having visions of a boy and he’s dead. Oh, did I mention there was an accident involving his girlfriend? His life is tricky, and slowly it unravels. Once we get past the short character study in a psychiatrist’s office, Cai is out looking for Marcus who is supposed to be dead. Slowly, Cai learns more about himself and his family roots on his fantastical journey.

The book is addicting – normally I take my time and take breaks when I’m reading, but this book demanded my attention! When you add in the insanity of the plot and how quick it moves, you’ve got yourself a real winner! Keep in mind, it is fast moving and has lots of paranormal aspects to it – so if you like a simple, clean cut story this might not be for you! It’s full of plot twists that might not be easy to follow if you’re not fully into the book whole-heartedly.

This novella is a fun read, but it almost felt too short! It ended so abruptly! Luckily, this is a series so we’ll be getting more from these characters soon! I wouldn’t recommend reading this book if you solely like books that stand alone. The story doesn’t fully close, so you will need to read the next book to know the final ending or have some closure.

Overall, this book has incredible themes and deep topics that will pull adult readers in to feel for these characters. The fantasy sides of this story also bring action and adventure to keep you hooked and gliding along with the story. I think this book will be great for fantasy readers or adults looking for something a little more than just some fantastical fun!

Four out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this novella from the author Ruth Miranda in exchange for an honest review.

All About Blood: a paranormal novella.

‘Chaos’ Nilsson has it all: a successful career in the music industry, fame, money, the girl. He also has a monkey on his back, brought about by the visions that plague his mind and haunt his every waking moment; visions that will only be quietened when he numbs himself with generous amounts of alcohol and drugs. After an accident that nearly costs him his life, he embarks on a journey of self discovery, in search of his roots and the secret to the blood coursing through his veins



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#BookReview The Descendant: The Curse of the Fairy Queen by Ellie Hart



The Descendant: Curse of the Fairy Queen is a fantastical, paranormal novel.

This novel felt like a YA on steroids – there was drama, romance, fairies, tragedy, mystery and thrills throughout.

I’m on the fence about this book – there were some really awesome parts of the story, but there were sections that lacked essential characteristics. The plot and story itself it really cool – dark fairies, mystery, tragedy – all of that put together can make one epic story! But there were parts of this story that didn’t sit well with me – lack of grief, pointless conversations/scenes. I’m the type of person who goes overboard in her own writing, but I like reading plots that only include essential information. With that in mind, the book is fantastic – it’s just not my perfect read.

Now for my pros and cons

My pros of the novel: more fairies! I love fairies and don’t read enough books with them in it! These fairies aren’t like the pretty, fun fantasy fairies either! They were dark fairies that are more aligned with the mythical side of fairies. The plot this story follows is also unique. While you could probably guess who some of the villains are, I really liked the twists the finale took in this book! This ending will leave many options open for future books in the series.

I also love the Merlin and King Arthur references!

My cons: way to many characters. This book felt like Game of Thrones when relating it to characters – there was also a lot of nicknames for the main character. Jenna, Jennifer, Joseph, Jason/Jay, Jessie, Taylor, Jeremy/Julian, Danny, Detective Greyson, Jack, Garry, Nathaniel, Jean, Caitlyn/Cat/Kitty/Kitten/Beale – so many names to remember! Some of these characters probably could have been mashed into one who did the same amount of work into the book, but that’s just my opinion. I live by the Star Wars original trilogy rules – only keep things in that are necessary to the story. If a few of these characters had been removed and their plot devices were put on another character, I feel like the story could have worked a bit better.

This part – it could be a pro or a con, depending on your favourite genres – the drama in this book was definitely high school drama. These kids are high school kids, so it makes sense, but if you are looking for a dramatic fantasy lacking silly high school drama (for example – getting dramatic about who people have slept with), then this book might not be for you!

I feel with a little fine tuning, this book would be a step above many other novels in this genre! If Ellie Hart keeps writing, I can only imagine how much talent she will gain by her next book!

PS – “Green Briar” – I kinda love that ‘Briar’ is in this story!

Three out of five stars!

I received a copy of this book from Pipe and Thimble Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


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Available on: http://www.pipeandthimble.com/

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