It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It doesn’t seem two minutes have passed since I mentioned that surely we couldn’t be in June already. Now we’re well over half way through. 2020 really is the strangest year most of us will ever live through. It’s hard to believe we have been under restrictions for over three months in the UK, they are slowly being relaxed (though not always as slowly as some of us would like). Sadly too many people are behaving as though the threat were over and covid-19 no longer exists. Quick onto happier thoughts!

Thank you to Kathryn at Book Date for hosting this meme. I love joining in each week, even if I do forget to link up to her blog – Doh! For the first time in a LONG time, I’m talking years here, I have a month that isn’t overloaded with arc reads. Even more amazing is that my calendar for July holds just 3 arc reads in total. For too long I was lucky if that was the number for a week! I do know that there will probably be at least 2 or 3 more books that drop on me during the month, from the arc teams I belong to.

The Books I Read Last Week

Reading was very kind to me last week. I enjoyed all four books that I read, 2 were arcs and 2 were re-reads ready to complete the series this week, hopefully.

Currently Reading

I’m reading the two books concurrently because my mind feels like a flitting butterfly at present and it refuses to settle on one book!

Please Let Me Get These Read This Week

The first two are deadlined arcs, the other two are arcs that I really should have completed by now, but have been struggling to get too or to settle with. That is totally due to me and not the writing, I usually enjoy reading both of the authors.


So that’s my reading week. What are your plans? Are you tackling that TBR mountain? Too busy to read much (boo to whatever is making that true)? Enjoying re-reads, or searching for something new? Whatever your plans, keep safe, be happy and enjoy your books!

REVIEW //\\ IGNITE

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Ignite by Raven Steele



Reading Ignite is like riding a roller-coaster, full of highs and lows, unexpected turns, sudden twists and a mighty impressive ending.



Ignite is a little more young adult than I normally read, heated kisses were as steamy as this book got, but great writing and an amazing story meant I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Rose is a misfit at the start of the book, the kid that is either ignored or picked on. Until she joins Solar Academy, a school for supernaturals, and finds her tribe of fellow misfits. She also catches the attention of the super cool (pun intended) Hudson, one of the ‘in guys’, part of the ‘Red Letter’ crew. His ice magic is drawn to Rose’s fire and together they will either become something amazing or a disaster of epic proportions.


Added into all this is Rose, and her friends, determination to prove Aurora’s innocence and save her mother from certain death. The story to this part builds up quite slowly, though at no point did the story feel like it dragged. Instead we had some amazing world building, getting to know characters, seeing relationships (both romantic and platonic) develop, as well as watching Rose learn to control and use her abilities. I loved how the author took time to introduce us to side characters, as well as developing them in their own right. Not only was really good to see the friendship between Rose, Ireland, Bonnie and Bennie but the author cleverly wove their unique skills and abilities into the plot.


The ending builds and develops fairly quickly, with lots of unexpected twists and surprises along the way. There was something that I felt I should have seen coming but totally didn’t. With hindsight I could see all the foreshadowing and clues dropped along the way but…. nope missed it and loved it too. It also wasn’t anything like the ending I was expecting.


I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next one! 




“Fire burns inside me, and it wants out.”
Solar Academy was the last place Rose wanted to go, but after mentally igniting a boy on fire at her current high school, her father insists she attends so she can learn to control her powers. All her life, the fire inside her has raged. It doesn’t help that years earlier Aurora, her mother and the one they call Sleeping Beauty, had unleashed her own fire killing dozens of innocent people.
Now Aurora sleeps in an eternal slumber protected by dark magic no one can break. Which is just as well. Rose is desperate to break free from her mother’s murdering shadow and prove to people that she is more than the flames burning inside her.
With the help of new friends at Solar Academy, Rose finally feels like she belongs. But when she discovers a web of lies surrounding her mother’s imprisonment, she’s forced to confront the past and come face to face with the darkness that also pulled her mother into its evil grasp. The only way to fight it is to release her own raging inferno, even if that means harming her friends and the boy she’s falling in love with
.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date. It’s a chance to share the good, the bad and the ugly of your recent reads, as well as looking forward to the reading week ahead.


Books I Read Last Week


I had a real binge reading week – including the incredible Reign Trilogy by Zoey Ellis. The other 4 books were all arc reads that release this week. If I had to pick one to recommend, it would be Black Light: Charmed by Jennifer Bene, though Nathan by Elin Peer is a very close second.


What Am I Currently Reading?





What I Also Hope To Read Soon


REVIEW //\\ The Devil’s Soldier




Wow what a twisty read this was. Written in dual pov we had so many nearly moments between Lucian and Eve, but life, magic and Boaz seem determined to keep this pair apart. This is a rewrite of a book originally released under the authors other pen name, Rachel McClellan and it was the one where I felt the most changes had been made.


In my original review I’d felt a lack of emotion and hadn’t believed in the depth of the connection between Lucian and Eve – my word that was no longer true. You could feel the sparks from the electricity this pair generated. I was totally convinced of the passion, longing and love between them. The emotional battles they both endured was exhausting but in the best way possible.


The book will break your heart at times, have you on the edge of your seat at others and will keep you wondering about just what will happen next. Some books I’ve read recently felt a little stale, they failed to capture me, this one thoroughly entertained me and I can’t wait to read the final part of this story.




“My silence is not weakness, but the beginning of my revenge.”

Lucien

Eve is gone. They took her from me.

I will have my revenge.

So I train. Hone my body and my mind.

But rage burns in my veins. Fuels my anger.

I let it fester and grow to use against him:

The Devil’s Soldier.

I will destroy everything he knows.

Eve

The world believes I’m dead. It’s the only way.

For now, I hide in the shadows.

Growing stronger, more determined.

For the Devil’s Soldier must be stopped.

And I will stop him!

Only then can I be with the man I love.

In this full-length, paranormal romance series, Steele introduces readers to a dark and sexy world full of vampires and witches. If you like Laurell K. Hamilton and Anne Rice, you will LOVE this series! Scroll up and grab this paranormal romance TODAY!

This novel was previously published under Rachel McClellan and includes new content.

** Intended for adult readers. **



REVIEW //\\ The Devil’s Angel


The Devil’s Angel (Devil, #2) by Raven Steele




A great follow up to The Devil’s Fool.


This second installment of the series was just as twisty and action packed as the first, an equally good and captivating read. This time we see events through Lucian’s eyes, he is a much darker, more severe character so expect some angst and anger as you read this.


The plot was really well thought through and the story flowed well. It was impossible to pick out what was new and what was original, the author did an amazing job of blending the two together. Despite them being supernatural creatures, Eve and Lucian’s actions and emotions are very believable and I found it very easy to empathise with them. The constant pulling away by Lucian could have become annoying and definitely would have been, had we not been “in his head” and experiencing his thoughts, feelings and emotions.


The developing relationship between Eve and Lucien is beautifully woven through this tale and I really enjoy how this author writes a really rounded story. She mixes just the right amount of description, action, intrigue, passion and dialogue. The suspense builds well and I found myself wondering who you could (or couldn’t) trust in the story.


I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this series to those who like a good paranormal/supernatural tale with a nice side of romance threaded through. This does end on a cliff-hanger but the next updated book will be out very soon and I that will definitely be on my TBR list when it is.





“There’s no other heart for me but yours.”

I am a demon of the night.
A monster who craves blood.
Who yearns for the hunt.

She came into my life.
Upset my world.
An angel with hell’s power.

I wanted to hate her.
To destroy her.
Kill her goodness.

Then she made my heart beat again.
Showed me how to live.
Loved me.

But she doesn’t know what I’ve done.
How I bathed the world in blood.
Changed history.

My past will come for her.
Try to destroy my angel.
But I won’t let it.

The demon inside me must be unleashed again. 




AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085LG3TH5/

AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B085LG3TH5/

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52800336-the-devil-s-angel

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Review //\ The Devil’s Fool







As a child, teen and young adult I read voraciously, with Science Fiction and Fantasy eventually topping the list as my favourite genres. 3 children in fewer years combined with a lack of available funds meant that reading for pleasure became a very occasional treat. As with many things, NOT doing something became the habit, and for a long time I was doing well if I read more than 5 books a year – and most of those were holiday reads.


Then for Christmas 2015 I got a Kindle, and haven’t looked back since. It rarely leaves my side. It’s my new best friend, my comfort blanket, my support in tough times. Ok maybe I’m exaggerating their but my family do believe I am addicted to it! Now there is a point to this ramble, that being that one of the first authors I discovered with my brand new, shiny, and much loved Kindle was a book by Rachel McClellan called The Devil’s Fool. I enjoyed it so much I quickly bought and read the remaining books in the series.


Well Rachel McClellan now writes her urban fantasy/ paranormal stories under the pen name Raven Steele, under which she has recently re-written and re-released The Devil’s Fool. I had the great pleasure of reading this story and loved how she cleverly linked it to her Rouen Chronicles series.










A great start to this tale of the paranormal, politics and power



I very much enjoyed The Devil’s Fool , in which we see Eve led on a path to her (almost) destruction before finding redemption in unexpected places. Do be warned, there are times when the heroine, Eve, is quite an unpleasant character, behaving in a reprehensible and selfish manner. However the story was gripping and, despite some very stupid choices , overall found myself really liking Eve. I think it helped knowing that she was going to repent some of her decisions and find the light that she was always searching for.


This is very much a journey of getting to know Eve, along with watching her chose her future. The story ends at a natural break point rather than cliff-hanger, though there are still a fair number of lose ends that need to be tied up and mysteries that will hopefully be solved. I will definitely be reading the remaining books and can’t wait to see more of the mysterious Lucien.


The book contains hints of romance and a few mildly steamy moments, but this are no graphic scenes, so this is suitable for older teens and adults. The writing is absorbing, the characters engaging and the plot captivating. A great read for those who like a good urban fantasy read.




















“I was afraid of the dark until I became it.” 

As the daughter of a magical family, power bled through my veins.
The desire to control.
Manipulate.

It lived in my blood, handed down from generations of witches.
They expected me to be the same.
Subtly rule over humans, bending their will to ours.

But I wanted to be free of my family’s dark world.
Their crimes and murders.
I wanted to be more.
Be different.

Boaz, a powerful vampire, saved me from my parent’s suffocating grip.
He promised me the world.
Seductive.
Bewitching.

I craved him.
His power.
His strength.

But the devil’s in the details.

And even he was once an angel. 



In this full-length, paranormal romance series, Steele introduces readers to a dark and sexy world full of vampires, and witches. If you like Laurell K. Hamilton and Anne Rice, you will LOVE this series! Scroll up and grab this paranormal romance TODAY!  

This novel was previously published under Rachel McClellan but has since been updated with LOTS of new content and includes some of the beloved characters from the Rouen Chronicles.

** Intended for adult readers. ** 








This is the beginning of a four book series! Start it now!

The Devil’s Fool
The Devil’s Angel
The Devil’s Soldier
The Devil

“Thought-provoking, dark, and remarkably suspenseful.”

USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton ★★★★★

“This is one of those rare books that captures me from the very first moment. The first scene was all it took, and I was in love. The story has some unique turns that ultimately set this story up as an epic paranormal romance.”

Book Enthusiast, Amazon top 100 reviewer ★★★★★

“It is a must-read book! You won’t be disappointed!”

Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★










Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085D981RN/
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B085D981RN/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52340167-the-devil-s-fool





Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.