Friday, June 1, 2012

Mind Magic- Poppy Dennison

Mind Magic by Poppy Dennison, published by Dreamspinner Press

Book description (from Netgalley)

Magical species must never mix. According to the rules, Simon Osborne should ignore the children’s cries for help. After all, they’re werewolf cubs, and he’s an apprentice mage. But for once in his life, Simon breaks the rules and rescues the cubs, saving them from a demon intent on draining them of their magic.

Of  course, all actions have consequences, and Simon’s bold move earns him the displeasure of his peers and the attention of the cubs’ alpha, a man named Gray Townsend.

The  last thing Gray needs is a mage in his life, but Simon did save his son. Since Simon is now a friend of the pack, Gray doesn’t have much choice about it—or the forbidden attraction that goes along with it. Unfortunately for the alpha, he needs Simon’s help to track down the demon behind the kidnappings—before it strikes again. Simon and Gray must join forces to protect the pack, even as they struggle to resist the temptation that threatens to destroy them both.

As always, I start out with my personal rating: This is definitely one of my Good Books. When I got the email telling me that I was approved for this book I was ecstatic. The cover drew my attention from the very beginning and I knew that this would be a good read. One of the things that caught my attention when I started reading was that Simon's (the main character) magic was more than just a tool to him. it was his conscience and his life. It leads him to the were-cubs despite the fact that he could lose the thing that he had been working for his entire life, And when he met one of the cubs fathers -who happens to be the Alpha- the sparks start flying immediately. The attraction, and even the sex (this isn't a book for minors) was by far the most realistic I have read in a very long time. While I wish we could have seen more of the wolf's property, overall, the descriptions were very clear and well thought out. This book is really well written and a very enjoyable read. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in paranormal fiction or really just anyone. Go find it and enjoy

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Other Reviews

I know I said I was going to have a review for Warrior Heir up and I apologize for not getting to that yet, but I have been trying to focus on the three books that I have recently been approved to read/review on netgalley. I promise to have the first one of these up by Friday this week. Thank you for being patient with me. I value every single one of you. And as an added little thing, I may start doing a video review every once in a while if I can learn how to. Check back Friday and enjoy

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Archangel Academy Series

I know I said I was just going to review Unnatural, it seemed necessary while writing this to review all three books in the series together as they all seem to follow the same pattern throughout each book

Series description (from
"Michael Howard and Ronan Glynn-Rowley meet at Archangel Academy, an all-boys school in Eden, a rural town in north western England. Both are outcasts and decried as unnatural, Michael because he's gay, and Ronan because he's a hybrid vampire. But when Ronan, afraid to reveal his true self to Michael, turns him into a vampire against his will, both become drawn into a dangerous new world, where traditional vampires plot to destroy hybrids, and where fellow students, teachers, even their own families have unexpected secrets..."

"Archangel Academy is more than a school to Michael Howard. Within its majestic buildings and serene English grounds, he's found friends, new love, and a place that feels more like home than Nebraska ever did. But the most important gift of Archangel Academy is immortality. . .
Life as a just-made vampire is challenging for Michael, even with Ronan, an experienced vamp, to guide him. Michael's abilities are still raw and unpredictable. To add to the turmoil, the ancient feud between rival vampire species is sending ripples of discord through the school. And beneath the new headmaster's charismatic front lies a powerful and very personal agenda.
Yet the mysteries lurking around the Academy pale in comparison to the secrets emerging from Michael's past. And choosing the wrong person to trust—or to love—could lead to an eternity of regret. . ."

"The boarding school known as Archangel Academy possesses a legacy of secrets known only to a privileged few. For in this peaceful, charming part of England lives a population of vampires at war with one another--and Michael Howard is caught in the middle of it all. . .
When Michael left his small Nebraska hometown to enroll at Archangel Academy, he couldn't have imagined how much the experience would change him. Once mortal, Michael is now a vampire with a destiny that was foretold long ago, and a group of friends with their own mysterious abilities.
But there are enemies too, some of them hiding in plain sight. Being strong enough to defend himself isn't enough. Michael must find a way to protect his entire race of vampires. Dark forces within the school will drive everyone to take sides in the escalating violence. And for all his new powers, Michael will discover that love, jealousy, and vengeance have a danger all their own. . ."

Unfortunately, this series did not quite make my list of Good Books. I started reading it expecting something completely different and was honestly disappointed. If you are looking for romance with one lover being completely dependent on the other then this is a good series for you. The main character, Michael Howard started out as a very relatable person but as he started to become interested in Ronan Glynn-Rowley, he became the predictable, cliched, lesser lover. As the series continues, Michael does seem to start becoming his own person, however, it takes until the third book for this to happen. Ronan doesn't seem to grow, but then, vampires don't really change do they? This series was interesting and I'm sure many people will want to read this, it just seemed a bit over-done at times. The best thing I can say about this series is that the setting and descriptions are very clear and well thought out

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Coming in the next few weeks:

Unnatural - Book one in the Archangel Academy Series - Michael Griffo
The warrior Heir - Book one in the "Heir" Series - Cinda Williams Chima
Wicked and Son of a Witch - Gregory Maguire

I'm going to start with Unnatural Which I should have up by Friday and then move down the list. If you have any questions/requests just leave a comment on any of my posts. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

I'm going to start out by saying that this is one of my "Good Books". Scott Tracey's first novel has it all: Magic, romance and the difficulties of being a teenager. The main Character Braden is definitely someone that all readers can connect with. He leaves the relative safety of his uncle's home and is immediately caught in a family feud that has been raging for centuries. Scott manages to keep his readers begging for more with each chapter and even after. He has an amazing ability to let his characters develop instead of thrusting them into the world already full grown and ready to face it all on their own. Each character has their own distinct personality that fits smoothly into the novel and allows the reader to understand them. As I read this book, I could see the town and each person in it. Scott Tracey's imagery is fantastic and I look forward to reading more of his work in the years to come.

Monday, May 21, 2012

First Book

I wanted to make an introductory post to start this out before I start reviewing. My name Is Thomas (I go by TJ usually) and I an 18 years old and just graduated from High School. I have been reading for a very long time but never really enjoyed it until I started my fifth year of school. since then, I have read thousands, If not millions of books and I have enjoyed them greatly. I hope to get started as soon as possible with my reviews. My first review will come out tomorrow. The book I will be reviewing is Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey. I hope you come back to read it and enjoy.