Pretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas Review

Pretty Little Werewolf by [Salidas, Katie]

Title- Pretty Little Wolf

Author- Katie Salidas

Genre- Paranormal YA

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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.

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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

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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!

 

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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

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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.
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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.
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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

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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!

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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.

 

Kendra Ashe grew up reading stories of intrigue and mysteries of the paranormal. As a teen she discovered her love of telling stories and naturally leans toward the kind of stories she likes to read.
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Water and Blood (The Merworld Trilogy Book 1) by B. Kristin McMichael Review

Water and Blood (The Merworld Trilogy Book 1) by [McMichael, B. Kristin]

Title- Water and Blood

Author- B. Kristin McMicheal

Genre- Paranormal YA

Purchase Link- Amazon

Leaving the night human world behind would be easier if her swim instructor wasn’t keeping a secret.

Beaches, sun, and swimming was what Whitney thought she’d get when she moved all the way across the country to the Atlantic Coast. It was a chance to start over, a fresh start outside the paranormal night human world she grew up in. She was ready to be a normal human; one who didn’t have to worry about drinking blood or all the fighting that went on in that world.

Perfectionist Sam did everything well. He protected his family and friends as he swore he would. He had jobs to help everyone survive while they hid in plain sight. He even taught swimming lessons. His life was perfect, at least until Whitney showed up in his town. Without thinking of the consequences, Sam makes a choice to follow his heart for a change. That choice changes everything, maybe for better or for worse.

After one year of getting used to her new reality, Whitney discovers that maybe she was never meant to leave the night human world after all. Deciding to take swimming lessons, she is paired with high school hottie, Prince Sam as her friends called him. That one decision changes her life, and she’s quickly thrown right back into the night human world she thought she was getting away from. The only question is: Can she survive going back?

Whitney thought she left the Night human world behind her in her past. A fresh start at a new school in a new town may be what she needs to get over he lost of her parents and everything she has even known. However it seems that Whitney can’t get away from the world of magic and paranormal creatures as easily as she thought.

Sam want’s to keep his people safe from the outside world and NightHunters. Everything he does is for the safety of his family and friends and to keep them all a secret. That’s when Whitney comes in to his life and makes him want to risk everything just for the chance to be with her, little does he know that some secrets just wont stay hidden.

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Lately I have been on a Mermaid kick and wanting to read everything that surrounds the creatures that are often found in myths and fairy-tales. This story was not the little mermaid I grew up with! The story is both sweet and dark and shows mermaids to be a bit… dark is the only word that comes to mind. I have to admit this is the first book I have read by the author and I read it all in one day.

McMicheal is able to create a world so dark and realistic that the reader can not help but be sucked in. This story seems to be a spin-off from another series but other than being a bit confused as to what a Night Human was for a couple of pages I was easily able to find my way through the story.

The chemistry between Whitney and Sam from the very beginning makes for a very complex and rocky story line. The read is left rooting for them to just kiss already! The story itself had everything needed for a good paranormal romance the popular girl, the mean older brother and two star-crossed lovers!

I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good YA Romance with paranormal elements.

Rating 5 out of 5 cupcakes

B. Kristin McMichael graduated with her PhD in biology at Ohio State where she worked as a scientist before taking her passion of writing full-time. Besides writing, she enjoys chasing her kids, playing outside, and baking cookies. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three children.

B. Kristin is the author of YA and clean NA paranormal fiction. Her “Night Human World” includes the YA series “The Blue Eyes Trilogy” about a midwestern girl who comes of age in a world of battling vampire clans, the “The Day Human Trilogy” that takes place among the Appalachian Sidhe fairies, and “The Skinwalkers Witchling” trilogy that follows an apprentice witch in the Pacific Northwest. She’s also the author of the NA paranormal time travel romance series “The Chalcedony Chronicles”.

The Four Horsemen Legacy by LJ Shallow Review

The Four Horsemen: Legacy (The Four Horsemen Series Book 1) by [Swallow, LJ]

Title- The Four Horsemen Legacy

Author- L.J. Swallow

Genre- Paranormal NA

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What’s worse than being pursued by the Four Horsemen?
Discovering you’re the Fifth.

Verity Jameson’s day switches from mundane to disastrous when she runs down a stranger with her car. Fortunately for Vee, she can’t kill Death.

Death, who just happens to be one of the Four Horsemen, and he’s looking for her.

The Four Horsemen spend life preventing the end of the world, not bringing on an apocalypse. As gatekeepers of the portals which exist between the human world and other realms, the team fight to keep the portals closed and the supernatural forces under control. Without their fifth member, the Four Horsemen are losing the battle.

Now they’ve found Verity and what they tell her goes far beyond the conspiracy theories Vee spends her free time investigating.

A new life with four dark, sexy and dangerous men fighting demons, vampires and fae? Not what Vee had planned, but a hell of a lot more interesting than her boring job in tech support.

So what happens when the unbreakable bond of the Five takes control in a way none of them expected?

Verity Jameson leaves a normal and mundane life. She works for an insurance company by day and blogs in her flat alone by night. She keeps to herself and likes it that way. That is until she meets Death or well Heath who claims to be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. That’s when Vee’s life is not only turned upside down but also revealed to be something she never thought it would be.

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So I should begin my review by saying I have never read a true reverse harem novel and did not know that this book was in fact a reverse harem when I purchased it. I went on a one click spree one evening stocking up on books that I thought would get me in to the Halloween spirit. I mean the four horsemen and the apocalypse what more can a girl ask for?

Well the author answered that question for me really quickly! A fifth horsemen that is not only never heard of but also a woman so a horsewoman. Not only is she the fifth but she is also the truth that will hold the horsemen together and make them succeed in their quest. Which is not to end the world but to save it!

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and its plot. I love a good love triangle but that is as far as I have gone with it comes to romance. I have actually shied away from any books that have the reverse harem label as I for some reason think I would dislike them. Honestly though I enjoyed the whole love pentagon immensely!

The characters themselves are so well thought out to exhibit characteristics and attitudes of their power or title- ie the horsemen of war is angry and volatile. Verity herself is truth and in turn seeks the truth and can also tell when someone is lying. he author did an amazing job of developing each horseman as well as a paranormal world that is so well hidden in plan sight that includes demons, fae and vampires oh my!

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes- I would recommend this to any one who enjoys a well written paranormal read!

LJ Swallow is a USA Today bestselling author and alter-ego of bestselling contemporary romance author Lisa Swallow.
Giving in to her dark side, LJ spends time creating worlds filled with supernatural creatures who don’t fit the norm, and heroines who are more likely to kick ass than sit on theirs.

The Secret Life of a Witch by Jessica Sorensen Review

The Secret Life of a Witch (Witches) (Mystic Willow Bay Series Book 1) by [Sorensen, Jessica]

Title- The Secret Life of a Witch

Author- Jessica Sorensen

Genre- Paranormal NA Cozy

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My name is Evalee, and I have a secret. I’m a witch.

Okay, maybe it’s not that big of a secret. At least not in Mystic Willow Bay where practically every paranormal creature lives.

Still, I have plenty of secrets. Like the fact that I suck at casting spells, which is a huge problem, considering I’m a witch. But I can talk to dead bodies and am secretly working on a spell that will hopefully revive my sister from the dead. Until I perfect the spell, I’ve hidden her body in the basement, something my roommates are completely clueless about.

I’m also in love with my best friend, Hunter, one of the most popular wizards in town and who’s completely out of my league in the dating department.
But I’m not the only person in Mystic Willow Bay that has secrets. And some are way worse than mine. Like whoever has been stealing dead bodies from the morgue and the graveyard. For what reason, I don’t know, but I’m about to find out because they’ve stolen my sister’s body, and I need to get it back before I miss out on my chance at bringing her back from the dead.

Evalee Witcherford has a secret, and it is not that she is a witch. In a town like Mystic Willow Bay that is full of paranormal denizens being a witch is no secret to keep. Being a witch who can talk to dead bodies- maybe. Being a witch who has dug up her dead sister’s body and is trying to bring her back to life- definitely!

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I really enjoyed the set up of this story and how nonchalant the author is when dropping some really great plot twists either that or she is an evil genius and must be stopped! She creates such a fun and fast paced paranormal world. This book brings on the serious Sabrina the Teenage Witch vibes and hints of Charmed and I couldn’t get enough of it.

From the get go you are sucked into Evalee’s world and relate to her not so perfectness. Who can say that they succeed at every single thing well some people can but not me for sure! Evalee is a bit of a dork and I really dig that making me all but love the character more.

The Sour-

I am not a fan of cliffhangers, in the least bit, Not in shows, not in movies and for sure not in books. This book is short and leaves you wanting more and the author (whom I seriously think is am evil genius) drops a MAJOR cliffy leave you to wonder where the hell the rest of the book is!

Rating 4 cupcakes out of 5

I would recommend this to any one who enjoys witchy reads with some mystery thrown in!

Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
You can find more information about Jessica and her books at http://www.jessicasorensen.com