Borrowed Magic by Stephanie Foxe Review

Borrowed Magic: An Urban Fantasy Novel (Witch's Bite Series Book 1) by [Foxe, Stephanie]

Title- Borrowed Magic

Author- Stephanie Foxe

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase link- Amazon

I’m Olivia Carter. I have powers that no one should have and no one can know about.

Peddling legal potions isn’t enough to pay the bills, so when an opportunity to work for the vampires fell in my lap, I took it. I heal the people they feed on and don’t ask too many questions.

Paranormals aren’t in the closet, and haven’t been for years, but that doesn’t mean everyone wants us around. The councils keep all the supernaturals in check, but that isn’t enough to satisfy everyone. I keep my head down and follow the rules (mostly), because more trouble with the law is the last thing I need.

When the police show up at my door trying to pin a murder on my employer, and then me, I’ll have to risk everything to save my friends and my future.

Olivia Carter is living day to day and trying to keep herself under the radar of the local coven by working for the local Vampire nest. She is just trying to keep her nose clean and her past in the past by healing willing feeders and making sure they live to donate their blood another day  The pay is good and the vamps leave her alone as long as she follows the rules and keep everyone alive and healthy. That is until girls and vamps alike begin to disappear and end up dead.

Now she has the vamps, the cops and the local coven breathing down her neck and a secret that has to stay hidden might come out in the open while she is trying to stay alive.

The Sweet-

When i saw the length of the book I was a bit hesitant because I was afraid that the author would rush the story so it fit in the short time frame. However I quite enjoyed this book and found the story to not only be well written but complete. I found the main character Olivia to be truly awesome in her fearlessness to find the truth and her refusal to back down even if it meant her life was on the line.

Olivia is also very unique and I have never come upon a witch with her power in the many witchy reads I have read. I think the author was really creative and original with both the story line and all its stand out characters.

I really enjoy the world of magic and the paranormal under belly the author is able to build and look forward to the next installment of this series.

The Sour-

Now I really loved this book however I am not a fan of cliff hangers especially when they aren’t really necessary. The author could have wrapped up the story in another way and I am sure readers would still be anxious to read the next book.

I would recommend this to any one who loves a good paranormal read that is quite like the others!

Rating- 4 out of 5 cupcakes

Stephanie Foxe was born and raised in Houston, TX. Her love of fantasy led her to a love of writing, which she is now happy to share with the world.

Find out more about her upcoming releases and news here-  www.stephaniefoxe.com

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Huntres Born by Aimee Easterling Review and recipe

Huntress Born (Wolf Legacy Book 1) by [Easterling, Aimee]

Titlte- Huntress Born

Author- Aimee Easterling

Genre- Paranormal NA

Purchase Link- Amazon

  

A missing brother. A family-focused werewolf. An impossible choice.

Ember’s large werewolf family has always been both her anchor and her support. But when a missing half-brother draws the twenty-something away from home for the very first time, bonds to her family are tested at every turn.

The milk-chocolate eyes of an off-limits human are the first threat to her pack commitment. Meanwhile, the local alpha is less interested in dark dangers facing human women and more intent upon eliminating his guest’s ability to leave his territory ever again.

Can Ember protect innocents and track down her elusive sibling in time, or will the not-so-charming alpha cut off all ties to her home pack?

From the USA Today bestselling author that readers are comparing to Patricia Briggs comes a new urban fantasy novel full of adventure, romance, and danger that will leave readers craving more.

Trigger Warning- Though this novel does not have actual sexual misconduct it does have a couple of scenes that can trigger the reader.

Ember is alone and on her own for the first time. She has always had the power and comfort of the pack behind her. She is on her own as she searches for her brother who she heard from in weeks. In a strange new town and at the mercy of the local pack Ember starts the journey of not only finding her missing brother but maybe even herself.

The Sweet-

I have been on a werewolve kick lately so when I picked this read up I was looking forward to reading a kick ass urban fantasy but found a New Adult book (in my opinion) instead and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The author’s writing style and imagination lends to a whole new prospective into the world of wolves.

The author uses what we as readers all know and love about werewolves to not only add but create her own world of family and her own brand of wolf magic. Ember is innocent but at the same time sassy and smart. She gives this story the salty sweet taste it needs and I couldn’t picture the story with out her. She is loyal and fierce but also a mean lean baking machine!

I found the characters to be well placed and written though at times confusing but that may have been the authors intent. To confuse the reader so the plot twist at the end would be that much more surprising which is was! While reading the book you find yourself holding your breathe waiting and wanting to see what happens next. the author and storyline pull you in.

The Sour

This plot though well thought out and written left me a bit upset only because honestly I thought it was a bit of an outrageous turn at the end to why the god awful would be crimes are happening. It was just a bit too far fetched for me personally.

Rating- I would recommend this book to any one who loves a good shifter story that has action, mystery and just a pinch of romance!

4 out of 5 cupcakes

Ember has a unique sense to be able to figure out exactly what baked good would be great for each person that crosses her path. This is what I think Ember would love- Because of her strength and unwillingness to give up. She also is very much like a brownie- crunchy and a little tough on the outside but warm and oozing goodness on the inside. The bourbon caramel sauce is a nod to myself sweet and nutty with a kick!

 Espresso Brownies with a Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce

Ingredients you will need

Flour

1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted butter

Espresso Powder – 2 tablespoons ( I actually used Book lovers Coffee– Caramel Pecan to be exact.)

1/2 cup of brewed espresso (again I used Book lovers Coffee)

6-8 ounces of dark (or milk if you prefer) Chocolate chips

Cocoa Powder

1 cup white sugar

2 LARGE eggs ( I find with small or medium eggs they just do not come out right)

Pinch of sea salt

Directions-

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour cupcake 8 inch square pan an 8 inch square pan 
  2. In a glass bowl, melt 1/2 cup butter by placing in microwave for 20-30 seconds). Stir in sugar, eggs, and 2 tablespoons of espresso powder. ..
  3. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt,  baking powder and half a cup of brewed espresso. Fold chocolate chips into batter and spread evenly into greased pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. be wary of overcooking as they quickly becomes hockey pucks instead of brownies!.Also make sure to keep oven closed. You will know they are done when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. 

Now comes my favorite part- the Bourbon pecan caramel sauce- it is super easy and is a hit every time I make it!

Ingredients you will need-

Your favorite brand of bourbon (4 Roses is my favorite) to taste I use about a 4 ounces.

1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)

1-  cup of chopped pecans

Directions-

Now I have tried this recipe many different ways and found this to be the easiest and fastest way.

  1. Pour condensed milk into a microwavable glass bowl. Place bowl into the microwave and heat for 1 minute intervals keeping a very close eye as it will bowl over if you do not. stir in between each time you put it back into the microwave. I normally do this about 5-6 times.
  2. Add your bourbon and whisk till smooth. Now if you like the taste of bourbon like me then you are done just add your pecans. However if you want to share this with kiddos you can proceed to cook in microwave for 2-3 more minute intervals and your liquor will cook out.

Homesteader by day and werewolf…ahem, *teller of werewolf tales*…by night, Aimee Easterling is a USA Today Bestselling author writing on the boundary between urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

She heats her house with hand-split firewood, writes on an ultra-geeky Linux box, and generally does her best to confuse all reasonable assumptions.

Studying biology and spending a year backpacking around the world have both informed Aimee’s writing, but she’s quite willing to let reality slide in favor of a good story. You can learn more and download a free starter library at http://www.aimeeeasterling.com.

Shadowed Strength by Wendi L. Wilson Review

Shadowed Strength: Shadowed Series Book One by [Wilson, Wendi]

Title- Shadowed Strength

Author- Wendi L. Wilson

Genre- Paranormal YA

Purchase Link- Amazon

 

Sometimes, you have to dig deep to find the strength hidden inside you. You’ll need it to tame the beast…

One fateful night, sixteen-year-old Melanie Johnson is tackled to the ground by a masked man intent on killing her- or worse. Her savior, a large black dog with soulful eyes, vanishes as quickly as he appears… just before she faints.

Jeremy Stevens is there when she wakes up, making a vow to keep her safe. He’s affectionate, supportive and protective…the stuff dreams are made of. But he has a secret. He is more than he seems. Something untamed. Forceful. Wild.

Shortly after the attack, Melanie starts receiving threatening messages- her attacker wants to finish what he started. She needs to figure out who he is and stop him before it’s too late. If he gets his hands on her again, she may not survive it.

Melanie just wants a normal life, but after that night, nothing will ever be normal again.

Melanie is your typical teenage girl. She isn’t popular or rich. As a matter of fact she lacks any self confidence and is constantly being targeted by bullies who live to make her cry. That all changes one night when Melanie is attacked by a masked man and then saved by a  rather huge dog.

Thinking that night is behind her, Melanie tries her best to forget it and live her life. High school is tough enough and she just wants to survive. However her attacker is still out there and he can’t forget that night, he is dead set on finishing what he started.

The sweet-

If you like high school drama, suspense and a touch of paranormal teenage angst this is the book for you. Though a bit repetitive, I enjoyed reading this paranormal YA. I actually found myself being pulled in with the need to know who Melanie’s stalker is. The author has you seconding guessing everything.

One moment you know exactly what is going to happen or who the stalker is and the author throws a plot twist or clue your way to make you change your mind constantly. Once the stalker is finally revealed you tel yourself you knew the whole time because that is exactly how I felt.

The author is able to create a world and atmosphere that is very believable and made me think of my own High school years from hell.

Rating-

I would recommend this to any ya reader who likes drama and a good mystery.

Rating- 4 out of 5 cupcakes.

Wendi Wilson is mom to two rambunctious boys, two cats, a snake, a guinea pig, and a fish. She lives in Southern California with her husband and kids, writing in every spare moment she gets; those moments not already consumed by volunteering for PTA, team parenting various sports teams in baseball and football, and reading as many books as humanly possible.

Pretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas Review

Pretty Little Werewolf by [Salidas, Katie]

Title- Pretty Little Wolf

Author- Katie Salidas

Genre- Paranormal YA

Purchase Link-  Amazon  

Lost in the foster care system, all 16-year-old Giselle Richards has ever wanted is someone to accept her for what she is, a werewolf.

In a world where supernatural creatures are not out and proud, little werewolf Giselle has never known love, acceptance, or what it means to belong to a pack. A child of the foster system, she’s been rejected by more families than she can count. But when a family of shifters offers to adopt her, Giselle discovers they’re involved in a brutal turf war dividing the paranormal factions in her city. Worse yet, the new pack fostering her might be guilty of starting the fight.

Joining a pack might just send Giselle six feet under instead of back into the foster system.

All she ever wanted was acceptance, but now that she’s learned the cost, she’ll have to decide if submitting to an Alpha, and finally finding her place within a pack is worth sacrificing her freedom or her life.

Giselle Richards is just trying to hold on till she turns 18 and can be done with the foster care system. She is tire of being shuffled from home to home. Everything always seems so perfect and hopeful until her foster parent’s figure out what she really is.

She has stopped dreaming of a family and just wants to survive till she is 18. She is done with hiding who she really is. When she is brought to the Hernandez Family’s home she refuses to get her hopes up. Everything seems so perfect , maybe too perfect.

The Sweet-

The author is able to improve a world we all know and love. The world of things that go bump in the night and all beings paranormal. She is able to create so many characters but keep them unique at the same time, giving each of them their own voice.

Giselle is one feisty wolf with a huge chip on her shoulder which makes he super relatable, not that we all are werewolves who can’t control themselves…. However I feel like everyone at some point in life has felt like they did not belong. Like they weren’t good enough. That’s Giselle from page one and we read as she grows in to a young woman who not only ends a war but is able to allow herself joy and love.

I really enjoy the plot and its BIG twist (no I won’t ruin it for you!) The twist really sets the whole story in to a fast paced motion that you  as the reader eat up and try to keep up with.

All in all I did enjoy the story minus the stubborn adolescent temper tantrums that will be found here and there in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal YA with a sprinkle of romance and teen hormones!

Rating- 4.5 cupcakes of 5 cupcakes

 

Katie Salidas is a best-selling author known for her unique genre-blending style that led the award-winning Paranormal Dystopian Thriller: Dissension.

Host of the Indie Youtube Talkshow, Spilling Ink, nerd, Doctor Who fangirl, Las Vegas Native, and SuperMom to three awesome kids, Katie gives new meaning to the term sleep-deprived.

Since 2010 she’s penned four bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, and the RONE award-winning Chronicles of the Uprising. And as her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

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Demonic Contract by Catherine Banks Review

Demonic Contract (Dragon Kissed Trilogy Book 1) by [Banks, Catherine]

Title- Demonic Contract

Author- Catherine Banks

Genre- Paranormal Romance

Purchase Link- Amazon

 

Tora’s been on a lot of awful blind dates. All she wants is to find someone who loves her for who she is, which might be a tall order considering she’s part demon.

But then she goes out with the gorgeous Edan, and the pair immediately hit it off. Edan’s forthcoming about being a dragon, and royalty, to boot, which only makes Tora even more reluctant to risk ruining things by telling him about her demon heritage. However, no matter how hard she tries, she can’t keep it a secret forever.

Tora is dragged on a blind date by her room-mate and she expects this date will be just as bad as the last oh 10 or 15 dates her room-mate has set up. Little does she know her date might just be the perfect match for,  that is if her doesn’t try to kill her like her last boyfriend!

 

The Sweet and Sour-

First I must say the beginning of the book gave me a bit of a vibe that it was a spin-off of another series only because it continually hints at Tora’s deal with him… as though the readers should know who him is. It left me a bit confused at first because I wanted to make sure it was the first book in the series and I had mistakenly picked up the second book. I quickly realized that this was a short novella type of read.

That being said I did enjoy reading it for the most parts but feel like it was to quickly wrapped up. Any conflicts were taken care of in a two-three page pace not really exploring what could be.

Honestly speaking I have some real mixed feeling about this story. I finished it in one sitting but at 79 pages that isn’t a tough thing to do. I liked the characters, the plot and it’s twist- I on;y wish it was more developed as I think it would truly make for a very good read.

Rating- 3 out of 5 cupcakes

I would recommend this to any one who enjoys short and fast paced paranormal romances.

 

Catherine Banks is a bestselling fantasy author who writes in several fantasy subgenres under two pseudonyms. She began writing fiction at only four years old and finished her first full-length novel at the age of fifteen. She is married to her soulmate and best friend, Avery, who she has two amazing children with. After her full-time job, she reads books, plays video games, and watches anime shows and movies with her family to relax. Although she has lived in Northern California her entire life, she dreams of traveling around the world. Catherine is also C.E.O. of Turbo Kitten Industries™, a company with many hats including being a book publis

How to Save an Undead Life (The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy Book 1) by Hailey Edwards

How to Save an Undead Life (The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy Book 1) by [Edwards, Hailey]

Title- How to Save an Undead Life

Author- Hailey Edwards

Genre- Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon

Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it’s not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen.

Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans. Until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.

Warning: This book contains one ex-con heiress with a pet zombie parakeet who lives next door to her ex-army crush. Brace yourselves, we’re talking more exes than a pirate treasure map here.
Grier Woolworth is hanging on by a string, a very thin string. Her nights are filled with night terrors brought on from her PTSD from her time spent in Atramentous prison. A prison so horrible it makes Alcatraz look like a country club! She spends most of her evenings working as a tour guide on the streets of downtown Savannah and gets paid just enough to keep the light at Woolworth House lit and her stomach barely full.
Little does she know that the world the shunned her is about to come knocking on her door changing everything and then some.
The Sweet-
From the very beginning a soft spot in my heart is formed for Grier. and her haunted house she lovingly calls Wolly. The author is able to create an unbreakable bond between the two without it seeming forced for the sake of the story. I have never read a book where I love a character that isnt;t an actual character but a house, that being said I wish I had a Wolly of my own to call home.
Grier in beautifully broken yet still trys her damnedest to protect the ones that she loves and never gives up when a weaker heroine would. She is smart and pleasantly filled with snark and is only trying to survive in a world that would rather either see her dead or have complete control over her.
The plot itself which may seem slow paced in the beginning as the author is setting the story line and building the world but when it gets full speed it really is fast paced and complex. You as the reader are dragged into the world that Grier is trying so hard to survive and you can not help but route for her and bite your nails as you wait to see if she does just that. Survive.
I have never read any of Edwards previous works and plan on fixing that as soon as possible ( I have gone ahead and downloaded Dead in the Water). The way she so seamlessly creates such deep and dynamic relationships between each of the characters in such a short novel amazes me and I can not wait to see what she does in the next installment of this series.
The Sour-
The beginning of the book can be slow and at time frustrating as the author hints to what Grier”s past could be. There is a push and pulled that at times was a bit confusing. Grier was imprisoned for a crime that even at the end of the book the reader still does not know if she committed it. The reader is left in the dark as to weather or not committed said horrible crime and if she did then why?
That being said I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and will be reading the next one.
Rating-4 out 5 cupcakes.
I would recommend to anyone who loves stories set in paranormal worlds or enjoys a good under dog!
Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

Dead Man Calling by Kendra Ashe Review

Dead Man Calling: An Undertaker Mystery (Undertaker Mysteries Book 1) by [Ashe, Kendra]

Title- Dead Man Calling

Author- Kendra Ashe

Genre- Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon

 

Want total chaos? Mix ghosts, a sexy werewolf, a crazy monkey, a totally lost Angel of Death with a murder mystery and you’ve got reaper madness.

 Jazz Sweeney has just inherited a mortuary, which would be so bad, except she has also inherited the ghosts that go with it.
Life suddenly changes for Jazz when she receives an inheritance from her long-lost grandfather. She bids farewell to her job at Happy Days Burgers and sets out to convert Blackwell Rest into a nightclub.
But she has a few surprises coming her way.
It would seem that her estranged grandfather’s accidental death, might not have been an accident. If this isn’t bad enough, old man Blackwell’s pet monkey now needs a home, and the ghosts that come along with her inheritance, need a new psychic detective to help them with all their unfinished business, which usually involves murder.
And then things get worse!
A murder victim is discovered in the cemetery, and he just happens to be a member of the biker club known as the Death Dogs. To complicate matters, Jazz may have been a witness to the murder, kind of.
Brock Logan, the leader of the Death Dogs, has taken an interest in her, which opens up a whole new can of worms. He’s one hot bad boy, and exactly the kind of guy she doesn’t need in her life.
Caught in the middle of a biker war and a murder investigation, Jazz begins to think that working at Happy Days Burgers might not have been such a bad deal.

Jazz Sweeney is barely making ends meet with her dead-end job at Happy Day Burgers and wishes for a better life. She should have been careful of her wishes because she just inherited a lump sum of money, a mortuary and a talking Monkey..

If that is not enough to send Jazz running for the hills she has also inherited her Grandfather’s powers and ability to see and speak with the dead!

The Sweet-

I found Jazz to be funny with enough spunk and ability to get herself in trouble to keep this story fun and entertaining without becoming to predictable. She has the prefect amount of sass and smarts to figure out how to take over her Grandfather’s position but also survive in a world of witches, shifters and ghost!

The author did an amazing job with the plot not only building on the paranormal world as we know it but also creating a new one. The story moves with ease and perfect speed, giving the reader a chance to get to know Jasmine and become found of her.

The best part of the book? At least for me that is? Sir Edward Grey the spunky no-nonsense talking Monkey! Yes I said talking monkey who has the job of being Jasmines new guide and familiar. Sir Edward or Mr. Grey is your nasty (snort) adds such a spark to the story that I could not imagine the book with out him! Also full disclosure…. I may have tried to talk my boyfriend in to buying me a monkey- not that I succeed!

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes!

I would recommend this to any one who loves a good snarky cozy with paranormal elements.

 

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