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

Purchase Link- Amazon

 

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.

The Sweet-

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.

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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

Purchase Link- Amazon

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!

The Sweet-

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

 

A Case of Magic by Dominika Waclawiak Review

A Case of Magic: An Urban Fantasy Novel (The Wildes Chronicles Book 1) by [Waclawiak, Dominika]

Title-  A Case of Magic

Author- Dominika Waclawiak

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Puchase Link- Amazon

Ex-Cop turned PI Mabry Wildes is no stranger to rough waters, but this time she might be in over her head.

A water Fae shunned by the witches and sneered at by the Fae; her professional reputation shredded by the head of the LAPD, Mabry uses her powers to champion for those hardest hit by the Unveiling: the humans.

The human ghettos are emptying and no one knows why. Worse, no one in power seems to care. On the run after accidentally killing two vampire cops who tried to bring her in on seriously murky ground, Mabry thinks things can’t get worse. Then her former LAPD colleague turns up dead and Mabry is plunged into the center of a case that threatens to kill everyone she holds dear.

Mabry Wildes is just trying to make enough money to survive and stay under the raider. Being an ex-cop whose partner died on their watch makes it hard enough add her very unique linage of half witch/half mystery fae and its a miracle she isn’t lock away somewhere.

When a case too big to ignore or run away from comes to her she has no choice but to dive head first in a brewing war. Since the existence of magical creatures the world has become a very dangerous place for humans and creatures alike and now Mabry needs to find out just exactly what has happened to everyone who has disappeared including an old associate from her old life,

The Sweet and Sour (Mixed Review)

This series has a lot of potential. The plot itself and characters are truly unique and well thought out. Once the story gets going its a page turner and leaves the reader wanting more.

However for the story to really hit its stride it takes over half of the book. The first half of the story is at time confusing and gets a bit convoluted in my opinion. As a reader I was waiting for the ball to drop and at times thought okay yes this is it only for the story to get more tangled and slowed down.

Again I really enjoyed the second half of the book as it drew me in and left me craving more. I think I will really enjoy the second book seeing that the first half of the book seems to be setting up the world.

I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a paranormal read with a good cliff hanger ending

Rating 3 out of 5 cupcakes

Dominika Waclawiak is the author of Grim Angel (formerly called The Elk), Missing Soul, Guilty Deeds and Silent Death, all in the Caine & Murphy thriller series.

Dominika lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter and two huskies. When not chasing after her toddler or running the dogs, she’s busy writing her next novel, several film and TV projects, and plotting a visual effects laden science fiction feature film project to direct.

In her former life, Dominika created visual effects for blockbuster movies that netted three Oscars: LIFE OF PI, HAPPY FEET, and the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. She also created images for THE GOLDEN COMPASS and THE INCREDIBLE HULK to name just a few.

Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk Review and Recipe

Death and Relaxation (Ordinary Magic Book 1) by [Monk, Devon]

Title- Death and Relaxation

Author- Devon Monk

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- BandN Amazon  

Exciting new urban fantasy series by national bestselling author, Devon Monk

Monsters, gods, and mayhem…

Police Chief Delaney Reed can handle the Valkyries, werewolves, gill-men and other paranormal creatures who call the small beach town of Ordinary, Oregon their home. It’s the vacationing gods who keep her up at night.

With the famous rhubarb festival right around the corner, small-town tensions, tempers, and godly tantrums are at an all-time high. The last thing Delaney needs is her ex-boyfriend reappearing just when she’s finally caught the attention of Ryder Bailey, the one man she should never love.

No, scratch that. The actual last thing she needs is a dead body washing ashore, especially since the dead body is a god.

Catching a murderer, wrestling a god power, and re-scheduling the apocalypse? Just another day on the job in Ordinary. Falling in love with her childhood friend while trying to keep the secrets of her town secret? That’s gonna take some work.

Even Death needs a vacation… so does love and war and Ordinary, Oregon is the perfect spot for gods to get in some quality R and R. Ordinary is a small sleepy beach town located in Oregon, only don’t let the name fool you. Ordinary is anything but well, ordinary. When a good needs some time off from being a god and the stress it brings by relinquishing  their godly powers and living like a mortal.

Delaney Reed is the police chief of Ordinary and not only does she have the gods to deal with but also the many paranormal citizens who live among the normal and mortal of Ordinary. Along with her sisters Jean and Myra she somehow keeps the peace between the Wolves and the Vamps all while making sure the gods don’t start another war. The Reeds keep Ordinary as peaceful as a paranormal hot spot can get.

The last thing Delaney needs is a dead body and a murder investigation on her hands but that is exactly what she gets when a body washes up on shore. Not only does she have to find a murdered, she also has to find the a mortal to take on Heimdall’s powers and become a god before the power his body left behind eats her alive.

The Sweet-

I am a fan od Devon Monk- a BIG fan and love her writing. This particular book was (at least for me) almost like Devon Monk Ligh- same great taste but less calories- which I am not hating at all!

This story read more like a paranormal cozy for me than Monks typical Urban Fantasy and I got say I instantly fell in love. Monk manages to create the sleepy town feeling you get from a cozy but at the same time brings that certain touch of bad assery one would get from an urban fantasy,

Our main character Delaney reminds me of Allie from Monk’s Alec Beckstrom series. She is smart as a whip, but can at times be  stubborn and hard headed which makes her all the more realistic and interesting. Actually all the characters from this book are so well written that they are what keeps you turning the page eager to soak in more of Ordinary and its denizens. The author manages to create funny and witty characters with ease.

The story itself is good while not being as bloody and graphic as your typical Urban Fantasy can be. It has the perfect amount of action and mystery while bringing romance and snark into the mix making sure that the reader keeps coming back for more

The premise is so unique- I mean a vacation spot for gods where they can live a normal life? Genius!

Rating- 5 out of 5 Cupcakes- Great read for Devon Monk fans or anyone who loves a cozy with a bit of a bite!

I was inspired to create a spin on Ambrosia salad- Ambrosia is said to be the food of the gods so of course this cocktail would go perfectly with this book!

Ingredients Needed

  • Grenadine or maraschino cherry juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Blood Orange Vodka ( Your choice of brand I prefer Skyy)
  • Malibu
  • Marshmallow Vodka ( Your Choice brand I prefer pinnacle)
  • For Garnish- Cherries and Marshmallows

Directions

This drink is pretty simple and can be altered to make a big batch accordingly,

  1. In shaker you want to add plenty of ice to make sure this drink is nice and chilled as it is best served cold.
  2. Next you want to add a splash of cherry juice, 2 ounces of OJ, 2 ounces of pineapple juice.
  3. Next is the best part! The alcohol- 2 ounces Malibu Rum, 1 ounce of Blood Orange Vodka and 1 ounce of Marshmallow Vodka
  4. Next you mix it all up adding more juice if need be and pour into your serving glass garnishing with some cherries and marshmallows (the mini ones would work better but I only had big ones on hand)

Devon Monk is a national bestselling author of urban fantasy. Her series include Ordinary Magic, House Immortal, Allie Beckstrom, Broken Magic, Shame and Terric, and the Age of Steam steampunk series. She also writes the occasional short story which can be found in various anthologies and in her collection: A Cup of Normal.

She lives happily beneath the rainy skies of Oregon. When not writing, she can be found drinking too much coffee and knitting silly things.

Sisterly Screams by Carolyn Q. Hunter Review

Sisterly Screams (The Dead-End Drive-In Series Book 1) by [Hunter, Carolyn Q.]

Title- Sisterly Screams

Author- Carolyn Q. Hunter

Genre- Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon

Estranged sisters, Sarah-Belle and Anna-Lee, haven’t seen each other in nearly two years. Life takes an unexpected turn when Anna has to return to their hometown of Sunken Grove, Louisiana, and fate throws the contentious pair back together again.

Unfortunately, the already-tense situation goes from bad to worse for the sisters, when a ghost appears at Sarah-Belle’s drive-in theater and restaurant, pleading with them to help bring his murderer to justice. Will the sisters be able to settle their differences and work together again in order to solve this case, or are the strange sounds of jungle drums coming from the bayou signaling their doom?

Reviewed by Crystal H.

Anna-Lee is forced to return to her hometown Sunken Grove, Louisiana with her tail between her legs to ask her little sister Sarah-Belle for a place to stay till she gets back on her feet. You see Anna had big dreams and was going to make something of herself, she left town as soon as she could leaving her sister Belle behind. The two sisters haven’t spoken in years due to Anna’s judging Belle’s dreams.

Anna didn’t understand Belle and her dreams of opening a drive-in that showed spooky old movies and thought her dreams of a nursing career would get her farther in life. Now two years later Belle’s business is thriving and Anna has nothing but debt to show for her decisions. she has no choice but to return home to Sunken Cove and ask Belle for help and maybe even a job at the Voodoo Drive in.

When  a dead body turns up, the sisters are thrown into a spooky adventure that sounds like it came straight out of one of Belle’s movies!

The Sweet-

As with any first book in a series I started this book not knowing what to expect. I have grown very picky when it comes to my cozy mysteries. I am not a fan of predictability and let me tell you this book is anything but predictable! The author succeeds in building a plot full or surprises that leave the reader guessing at every turn!

The story itself was unique and nothing like I have read before when it comes to the cozy mystery category. The author is able to create the feeling of a small sleepy town ad add the excited of New Orleans as well when the sister’s visit an actual Voodoo shop in the french quarter in order to find out why a ghost is haunting the drive in. Turns out the ghost who actually looks like a missing character straight out of Belle’s favorite movie belongs to the body found in the swamps the morning of Anne’s arrival!

I loved the whodunit as it came out of no where and thoroughly surprised me! As well as the magical aspects the author is able to bring into the story to give you just enough of paranormal taste to keep you interested in the story.

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes-  Overall I found its book to be interesting and quite enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery!

Carolyn Q. Hunter is a professional writer, publicist, and editor. She is the author of The Diner of the Dead Cozy Mystery Series, published under Summer Prescott Books, a small press publisher specializing in cozies and other mystery fiction. Carolyn has previously worked as a content creator and social media writer for online information websites, magazines, and publishing agencies. She received her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and publishing from BYU-Idaho.

In her free time Carolyn enjoys cooking, baking, drawing, painting, and watching old black and white films on Turner Classic Movies. Her favorite movie genres include mystery, film noir, comedy, and classic horror movies. She also enjoys listening to old-time radio shows such as The Shadow, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, and Suspense!

 

Magic Fire by Catherine Vale Review

Magic Fire: an Urban Fantasy Novel (Shifting Magic Book 1) by [Vale, Catherine]

Title- Magic Fire

Author- Catherine Vale

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon

They aren’t going to run. They’re going to kick some serious Warlock ass. 

Vicious gargoyle attacks aren’t exactly something Kaye Allister deals with every day, but it’s nothing she can’t handle. So, why is this possessive dragon shifter insisting that she needs to go on the run with him if she wants to stay alive?

Kaye’s a skilled fae with an arsenal of magic at her disposal. She doesn’t need some arrogant shifter’s protection, especially one that refuses to take no for an answer.

But what if she’s wrong? 

A murderous Warlock is on the rampage, and he will not give up. Evil is about to invade Kaye’s ordinary life, determined to bind her within its torturous grasp with monsters and mayhem around every corner.

The road to survival is marked with betrayal and deceit, some by the people she loves the most.

If she wants to survive, she must put her life in the hands of a cursed shifter—that is, if either of them make it through the night.

Kaye Allister is  a psychologist who lives her life day-to-day like the New Yorker, Only she isn’t your average city dweller no she is one bad ass magical fae being. A fae who is in need of some quality time off from the blaring sounds and light of he city she has built a life for herself in. Not for forever but a weekend in the secluded surroundings of the Appalachians with her fellow fae sisters sounds like Heaven.

Little did she know she would meet a shifter who would change her life and everything she knows. She has no idea what she is in for when she spends the night with Darius. She is pretty sure she will never see Darius again until he shows up outside her door insisting she is in danger and he needs to protect her.

The Sweet-

I found this book to be a great and unique mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. We have all you typical magic contenders such as fairies, witches and warlocks but we also see gargoyles and your not so typical shifters. The author manages to create a world that is both new and interesting but tried and true all at the same time- giving the paranormal lover more than enough to keep them invested in the book and lives of the characters,

The plot itself does start off a bit slow but that can be expected sometimes with the first book in a series as the author is building the world and characters and wants the reader to be fully immersed, but once the story picks up it really goes! You get all the action and romance you little heart yearns for and more.

Kaye the Faye (as Darius refers to own heroine) is not your typically skinny blonde and glittery fairy which honestly makes for her stand out to me. Not only is she fierce and curvy but intelligent being a psychologist. She does npt need some man to be her hero because she can stand on her own two feet but at the same time she isn’t perfect  and has her own kinks and this is what makes her the perfect heroine for this story.

I really enjoyed this installment and have already purchased and added the next two books to my every growing TBR.

Rating-  4.5 out of 5 cupcakes – I would recommend this to any one who enjoys a good urban fantasy book filled with action and makes you think.

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Canadian author Catherine Vale writes urban fantasy stories of magic and mayhem, and paranormal romance featuring girls with curves and guys with growl.

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Curse the Day by Annabel Chase Review

Curse the Day (Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Chase, Annabel]

Title- Curse the Day

Author- Annabel Chase

Genre- Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon

Welcome to Spellbound, where paranormal is the new normal.

The only magic Emma Hart believes in is caffeine and the power of the dryer to lose one sock per load. A public interest lawyer buried under a mound of student debt, Emma’s whole life has been one turn of bad luck after another.

Her streak seems to continue when she gets lost on the way to see a client in the remote Pocono Mountains. A chance encounter with a suicidal angel lands her in Spellbound, a town where supernaturals have been cursed to remain for centuries–probably not the best time for Emma to discover that she’s actually a witch.

Between the recent murder of the town’s public defender, a goblin accused of theft, remedial witch classes, and the attention of one smoking hot vampire, Emma struggles to navigate this unfamiliar terrain without losing her mind…or her life.

Curse the Day is the first book in the Spellbound paranormal cozy mystery series.

This is a full-length, humorous paranormal cozy mystery novel.

 

Emma Hart is running late for a meeting with a new client and seems to have lost her way. She may have taken a wrong turn some where and can’t seem to figure out where. She has some how found herself in the middle of no where, no sight of civilization to be seen. Well except for the hot man standing at a cliff preparing to end his life with one jump… or so Emma thinks.

As she desperately tries to get his attention and maybe save his life she is surprised to find that he isn’t falling to his death but flying. Yes, flying from the white wings that have suddenly appeared. In such shock from what she just witnessed Emma notices too late that he is now flying straight towards her!

Now she finds herself stuck in a town she has never heard of named Spellbond with no way out and the locals seem to have lost their minds. Either they have lost their minds for some reason that Emma can’t figure out she is being punked in some elaborate prank being played on her’.

The Sweet-

In my opinion I found this book to be the perfect start to this witchy cozy series. The start of this book lays a great foundation for the rest of the books ( that I have yet to read) in the series. The plot is quote entertaining and refreshing instantly hooking my attention – I mean who wouldn’t be hooked by a hot broody fallen angel and a magical town that is cursed?

Emma Hart is a snark filled, funny and quite clever main character/ narrator and I really enjoyed reading from her point of view. She lands herself in a magical town that she can’t escape but instead of wallowing in öh woe is mes” she attacks life as the new Spellbond resident and public defender! Talk about bad ass!

The author weaves a magical story filled with Vampires Fairies and Witches oh my! Throw in some mystery and snark and you have the perfect paranormal cozy that is not just well written but filled with fun and snark.

Rating- 5 out 5 cupcakes- I would strongly recommend this to any one who loves a good paranormal read with snark and humor!

Annabel Chase is the author of paranormal cozy mysteries. She would love to live in a magical town like Spellbound where she can shop at Ready-to-Were for the perfect outfit, flirt with hot angels and vampires, and buy groceries without exerting any effort. Visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Annabel-Chase-1759782881016544/