Trigger Warnings- What they are and why they are so important.

Recently I bought a novel by an author but the thing is I try to stay away from reading the actual reviews because I am always so scared that the book will be spoiled for me. I do check to see how many 5 star reviews a book has and such but never read the actual reviews. In this case had I read the reviews it would have saved me A LOT of frustration as well as $4.99.

Like a lot of readers out there the cover and synopsis pulled me in. I knew that the story had sex and erotica. That is not my complaint I have read plenty of sexy novels and enjoyed them because the stories and plots are well written. What I did not know about this particular book is that with in 10 percent of the novel there would be a horrific rape. Not only is the main character  kidnapped and raped but it is glamorized. I could not bring it in me to continue to read the book. I was mortified and honestly it triggered me in the most horrible way as a victim of violence in the past. It gave me nightmares and I could not stop picturing it in my mind.

This is why in my opinion Trigger warnings are MUCH needed labels. When I explained  to my boyfriend whom I live with why I was so upset he was dumbfounded and asked what the rating was. See my boyfriend is a gamer and he automatically thought that books are rated liked video games- when I explained that it doesn’t work like that he asked why not?

So that is my question- we make sure to rate everything from television shows to music and games why are trigger warnings (or ratings) being overlooked and  left out when it comes to our books? Now I know there is a market out there for books that feature things like rape fantasies and erotica and in no way am I turning my nose up at readers who enjoy reading those kind of novel but I think that as a reader who is not into that kind of trope I should be given the heads up BEFORE purchasing the book and finding out the hard way.

Trigger warnings are a very much needed addition to synopsis’. It doesn’t have to be in BIG and BOLD lettering but it should be at the very bottom, Readers should not be afraid that they will be triggered by simply doing what the love- reading a new to them book or author. You should feel safe, you should be able to read with out fear of words on a page giving you false backs or nightmares of a traumatic event in your life.

So I open up for a discussion- How do you feel about trigger warnings?

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Shifter’s University by K.R. Thompson Review

Shifter's University by [Thompson, K.R.]

Title- Shifter’s University

Author- K.R. Thompson

Genre- Paranormal Ya

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Dragons, magic, and more…

Welcome to Shifter’s University!

Claire Pratten has a secret—one that she’s never shared with a soul. Whenever she is frightened, her “other” self comes out. Normally she has no problem hiding what she is, but lately life at her foster home has gotten harder and keeping her secret is getting tougher.

Logan Fairmont is a dragon shifter and more than accustomed to looking out for himself—and others. In fact, he is one of the few Imperium University students tasked with spending weekends in the city, searching for young shapeshifters on the edge of revealing their magic to the human race. When he finds Claire, Logan knows she will need the help of the University and its teachers to blend into society.

He thinks he knows what she is.

But magic is never quite so simple.

Claire has a secret that keeps her from getting to close to anyone except for her foster brother and her best friend. This secret is hard to control but has saved her life plenty from her abusive, alcoholic foster father, but for how long? How long can she survive? Her foster brother is gone more and more lately and her foster father anger only get worst with each passing day. When two strangers knock on her door offering her a escape and a better life she’s skeptical. Especially when they seem to know her secret.

Logan is a loner, true to his dragon nature, but something stirs inside him when he sets eyes on the shy red head. Something makes him want to protect her from the world which is unusual considering the nature of dragon shifters. He can’ seem to leave her behind and will do everything in his power to get her to Imperium University, even if it means possibly getting kicked out himself.

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I found this story to be unique and new when it comes to the world of shifters. The author is able to create a world where shirters have  more depth and the story itself lends to the world getting a better understanding of the shifter world and magic as well.

The author us able to capture teen angst and weave it effortlessly in to her story that combines your regular high school troubles with magic, darkness and turmoil. She is able to create an original world where shifters are elemental as well as magical.

I found the story itself to be a great way to start a series. We are just getting to know these characters and thier world when it is drowned in darkness and they must either sink or swim.

The Sour-

Though I enjoyed the story at times I felt it was rushed. The author seemed to want the story to move along quickly. With this being the first in the series I feel like it should have been the perfect time to story build and allow the story to move aat its own pace.

Rating- 4 out of 5 cupcakes

I would recommend this story to anyone who loves paranormal Ya stories with romance.

K.R. Thompson was raised in the mountains of rural Virginia. She resides in Bland County with her husband, son, two cats and an undeterminable amount of chickens. She is an avid reader, firm believer of magic, and still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek. She can be found on her website– http://authorkrthompson.wix.com/theke…

Magic Runes by Devyn Jayse Review

Magic Runes by [Jayse, Devyn]

Title- Magic Runes

Author- Devyn Jayse

Genre- Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal

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Meet Carmen Rebello – Rune Witch, owner of the best magic store in Barcelona, and black sheep of her family.

When Carmen successfully removes a spell from a bewitched human, she never thought she would get ensnared in an ongoing Supernatural Bureau of Investigation case. Her life is already complicated by trying to stay hidden from her powerful family members, Carmen can’t afford the attention of joining the investigation but the SBI insist on her involvement. Add an annoying (but hot) SBI agent and her life is getting more difficult by the day. Can she help the SBI without exposing her identity?

Magic Runes is the intriguing first novel in the Magic Runes series. If you enjoy stories filled with supernatural creatures, magic and mystery, and a sprinkle of romance in an urban fantasy setting, this is the book for you!

Carmen Rebello is just trying to make a life for herself and keep her shop in the black. she is a rune witch and owns a magic shop in Barcelona. Her shop is beginning to become a hit among the locals and even the tourist. She keeps herself under the radar and makes a good profit. That is until she sees a non magical human with a deathly curse. She can not bring herself to ignore someone in pain and in need of her help. Unraveling the runes of the spell placed on this woman leads her to a world of trouble and risks her past coming back to haunt her.

The Sweet-

I was on the hunt for a short read but a GOOD short read. I wanted something to read while I waited for my meds to kick in and I drifted off to sleep. I think picking this was a HUGE mistake! Why? Well reading this book in bed kept me awake until I finished it! I fought through the droopy eyes and tiredness because I wanted no NEEDED to finish this book! The author is able to create such a deep and engaging world in such a shot time.

The plot was original and addictive taking the reader for a bumpy albeit short ride full of twist and turns. I really enjoyed getting to know Carmen and her world. I found the authors writing style to be quite a bit of fresh air and I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

The Sour-

For me the book seemed a little rushed, just tad bit. The end seemed to wrap up a bit to neatly and honestly I think maybe 10-20 more pages would have done wonders!

Another thing that bothered me was the many missed grammar and spelling issues. One or two mistakes can be found in even the best of authors work however there were SO many errors and SO many mistakes that had the author not been as great a story teller I would for sure have stopped reading.

Rating 3.5 stars out of 5.

 I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good witchy read with a bad ass witch!

 

Devyn Jayse is the author of the Dare Valari and Magic Runes series.

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The Ghost Hunter Next Door by Danielle Garrett Review

The Ghost Hunter Next Door: A Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mystery (Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries Book 1) by [Garrett, Danielle]

Title- The Ghost Hunter Next Door

Author- Danielle Garrett

Genre- Paranormal Cozy Mystery

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The first rule of being a ghost whisperer: Don’t tell anyone.
Seriously. Don’t.
Sure, it might sound harmless. A fun party trick, even. I assure you, it’s not.
How do I know? Well, let’s just say that I’ve had a lot of experience with this sort of thing, and nine times out of ten, it turns into an all-consuming disaster.
Being plagued by needy ghosts twenty-four/seven is one thing; being harassed by a horde of curious—or worse, grieving—flesh-and-blood people is an entirely different circus. I mean really, who wants to hold an impromptu séance in the middle of the cereal aisle? Not me, and the manager of the grocery store probably isn’t too crazy about the idea, either.
So, that’s it. If you’re a ghost whisperer, just keep your mouth shut and act normal. Ghosts? What ghosts?
Now, if only I would start listening to my own advice

 

 

Scarlet Sanderson has traveled the world- never staying in one place for too long. Her “gift”makes it hard for her to settle down. No matter where she goes, ghost seem to find her and they never take no for an answer. Scarlet decides to finally plant roots in the small town of Beechwood Harbor. After all how much trouble can a ghost whisperer get in to in a sleepy little town – right?

The Sweet-

I found Scarlet to be smart, funny and a bit stubborn and I love her! I really loved the television series Ghost Whisperer and this book really reminds me of it in the best way  possible- We have Scarlet (who at first fights her gift) who owns a flower shop in a small town. She is forced to help a rage filled ghost but along the way she enjoys helping the ghost.

The author creates such a charming small town feel while keeping the reader engaged and interested. I really enjoyed my trip back to Beechwood Harbor!

Rating – 5 out of 5 cupcakes- I would recommend this book to any oe who enjoys cozy mysteries as well as ghost tales!

 

 

 

From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.

Danielle lives in Oregon, and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a dedicated servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

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Taming Him by Kenned Fox Release Day Blitz and Review

Title: Taming Him
Series: Bishop Brothers
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Vacation Romance
Photographer: Wander Augular
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Release Date: January 30, 2018
*Each Bishop Brothers novel is an interconnected standalone*

Alex Bishop is your typical cowboy.
Charming, sexy, and wears a panty-melting smirk.
Working on the ranch helped build his solid eight-pack and smoking body. He’s every girl’s wet fantasy and he knows it too. Alex doesn’t follow the rules of your typical playboy bachelor. After wining and dining his dates and giving them the best night of their lives, he always sends flowers and calls the next day—even if it’s to say, let’s just be friends. His mama taught him manners after all and his southern blood knows how to be a gentleman. Still, that isn’t enough to tame the wildest of the Bishop brothers.

River Lancaster has finally met the man of her dreams. Too bad after six months of romantic bliss, she finds out he’s married. With a broken heart and blind rage, she books herself a ticket to Key West, Florida. Tired of cheaters and liars, she’s set on escaping to forget he ever existed. Who needs a man when there’s an all-you-can-drink margarita bar, anyway? That’s what she tells herself until she bumps into the right guy who can make all those bad memories disappear.
Even if it’s only temporarily.

Two weeks on the beach is what they both need. No strings attached, no expectations, no broken hearts. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll change the entire course of their lives in just nine short months.

**A complete standalone contemporary romance with a little southern drama**

 

River Lancaster knows heart break. She has witnessed it and felt in many time in her life. She thinks that she has finally met someone who could be the one… That is until she finds out that he is already the one for someone else! Heart broken and pissed she allows her best friend Natalie to talk her into a vacation in sunny Key west, Florida where she hopes to melt away her stress and heart aches over some Mai-Tais by the pool. Little does she know that her world is going to be invaded by a Bishop.

Alex Bishop is the ultimate cowboy playboy. That doesn’t mean he’s not a gentlemen! He treats you like a perfect lady- dinner, dancing and a night of mind blowing sex and he next morning calls you to let you down easy. The whole town knows that this Bishop is hard to tame. That is until Dylan, Alex best friend wins an all expense paid trip to tropical Key West and this cowboy is given a taste of his own medicine.

I would like to start by saying that I am not a fan of cowboys. Sure they are hot to look at but they never really revved my engine if you know what I mean. That was until I was introduced to the Bishop brother and oh my lanta what I wouldn’t do to spend a night with Alex Bishop!

The ladies behind Kennedy Fox sure do know how to build a man. Readers are made to drool and pant while reading the amazingly hot scenes between our cowboy (who has more charm in his pinky then most men have in their entire bodies) and nurse (who by the way is smart, sassy and funny!).

I honestly can say that there was never a dull moment in this book- I went through every emotion possible while reading. I laughed, I cried and I screamed in frustration all in one sitting!  Do yourself a favor and pick this book up!

Ratng- 5 out of 5 Cupcakes

 

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Vampire Mage by Janelle Peel Review

Vampire Mage: A Clutch Mistress Book 1 by [Peel, Janelle]

Title- Vampire Mage

Author- Janelle Peel

Genre- Paranormal Romance

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My name is Sora. I was born into this world to a highly respected Mage family. All was well as a child; most children receive their magic at puberty… I was not that fortunate. Shunned by my family, I was cast out on my twenty-first birthday; a failure and disappointment to those who were supposed to love me.

Left on my own in Seattle with no friends or money, I made my way through low paying jobs down the coast to Southern California. Fate finally smiled upon me in San Diego where I scored a serving position at a diner.

One night after my shift, I decided to walk to a dive bar near my home to drown my sorrows. That was where I met him, the Master Vampire of the SoCal Clutch. It was either the biggest mistake of my life… or the best decision in the world.

 

Sora is trying to adjust to life as a normal non magic welding human. Deserted by the Mage community as well as her family she has no choice but to fend for herself waiting tables and living life under the radar. After a long shift of being on her feet she treats herself to a drink and a song at the local dive bar before walking home.

Before she knows it she blacks out only to wake up to some goons robbing her. Chalking the night up to bad luck she briskly walks home only to pass out. In the light of day the prior nights events seem hazy at best and Sora can’t help but feel strange and out of sorts. She quickly finds out that she is not what she seems and there is a whole of things that the mages never taught her.

The Sweet-

As a new to me author I was hesitant to pick up a story with mixed reviews but oh boy am I seriously happy that I did. I quickly fell in love with Sora and many of the main characters of this series. The author is able to build a world that combines magic, thrills and some seriously heated moments.

The story starts off at a slow pace as the reader gets to know Sora. The reader is then thrown into a fast paced plot twisting paranormal read that is a real nail bitter that also can make even the sassiest readers cheeks blush.

I love how the author builds Sora from a whiny and naive girl into a truly bad ass chick. We as the readers get a front row seat and get to watch Sora’s world evolve and change her into a fully formed and fleshed out heroine who quickly clutches (see what I did there?) both readers and other character’s hearts alike.

The author is able to seamlessly narrate the novel through 4 different sets of eyes with out too much confusion. While I tend to shy away from this kind of narrative and it makes me feel like I am working too much to fully enjoy the read – I found myself addicted and quickly finished the book much to my chagrin and why past my bedtime!

I would recommend this to any one who is a fan of well thought out and built paranormal worlds that tug at your heart strings.

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes

 

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

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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.

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