Walking in the Dark by Donna Augustine

This is the second book in Donna Augustine’s Ollie Wit series. It is written in first person from Olivia “Ollie” Wit’s POV.

SPOILER ALERT: There will be spoilers regarding the first book in the series. Read at your own risk.

Three months have passed since the first book. Asher has somehow escaped the Shadowlands. He has helped Ollie navigate the Shadowlands multiple times and now he is dependent upon her. He doesn’t know how to live in the human world. Kane wouldn’t understand, he would want to kill Asher, so Ollie leaves him and the Underground without a word. She has 10 million dollars, she can do this.

In three months Ollie is out of money. After trying to help Shadow Walkers, and dealing with Asher’s costly ways, she seeks out Kane hoping she can Shadow Walk with him again and get some money. Too bad Kane isn’t interested. She needs to seek alternate options.

Along the way she gets kidnapped by some leprechauns interrogating her for something they believe she stole. This leads to Kane coming to her to see about some Shadow Walking. Some items have gone missing, and they need Ollie to locate them. Too bad these items lead to Asher as the top suspect.

Once again, another great book. There are some solid surprises in here that you don’t see coming. Ollie and Kane coming back together for a working relationship strike off some sparks, but it is fantastic to watch unfold.

My one issue with this book is that Ollie seems to take a step back with her strength from the first book. Maybe it has to do with now wanting to live, but being terrified of the emotions that brings. She’s still awesome to experience, but there are some times where you want to go, “where’s your courage, girl?” But I still loved it. This book also had one of the best endings I’ve ever experienced. Made me keep coming back just to read it.

Looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series.

A Step into the Dark by Donna Augustine

This is the first book in Donna Augustine’s Ollie Wit series. It is written in first person from Olivia “Ollie” Wit’s POV.

Olivia wishes that the world would just end. She will not commit suicide because she made a promise, but after she loses everything, why would she want to get up in the morning? It also doesn’t help that she sees shadow monsters lurking everywhere and they want to be around her for some reason. She cannot escape them.

A month after a catastrophe, some shady characters take an interest in Ollie and want to bring her to someone. She wants nothing to do with it until she founds out this person may have some answers as to why she is so different. At that point, she’s willing to listen.

This brings Ollie into a world she never knew existed. It brings her into a world where people think she is a “paper doll” and will soon deteriorate into nothing. But it is also a world with answers and some people that could help her experience a normal life for the first time ever.

In the romance area of this series, we meet Kane. Kane is the head honcho of this new world and has a job he needs Ollie to help him with. In return, he’ll help Ollie with her monsters. Kane has an ego that’s through the roof, and he’s very cold emotionally, but he has answers, and right now, Ollie needs them.

I loved this book. There’s great chemistry between Ollie and Kane, and the rest of the cast are a lot of fun to experience. You get some good laughs along the way. It’s not an overly dark book which I like, and Ollie has a strong will. Her lack of caring if she lives makes her willing to go toe-to-toe with anyone. You’ve got to respect her even if she is rough around the edges. Definitely a great book.

Make Me Yours by Tiffany Roberts

This is the third book in Tiffany Roberts’s Isle of the Forgotten Series. It is written in third person the Gaelin (an angel) and Mayra’s (a demon) POV primarily, with some from Isobel Hargaves’s POV.

SPOILER ALERT: There may be some spoilers regarding the prior books in this series.

Mayra and her twin brother Marcus have just been exiled to the Isle of the Forgotten, a prison island with no escape. Gaelin has been on the island for a couple hundred years waiting. He started as a prison, but was recently freed, so he could escape. He knows that his mate will arrive sometime. Well, the time is now, and that person is Mayra.

Gaelin has fought demons for thousands of years. The fact that he is now mated to a demon he finds to be one of the cruelest of ironies. He now has to debate with himself whether or not he even wants to claim her.

In the mean time, Mayra and Marcus are slaves to a Necromancer, Nahir, who will stop at nothing to get them back. They get to experience their first chance at freedom since they were children, even if they are on a prison island. Nahir cannot control. But they know he’s coming for them. First Gaelin popping into their lives, then the threat of Nahir makes the¬†twins time very chaotic and full of fear.

First of all, the cover for this book is fantastic! Absolutely gorgeous!

In other news, I found this book somewhat disappointing. The emotions where there, however there were a lot of parts where I was just like, that was stupid. The relationship forming between Gaelin and Mayra is pretty good. Some parts I feel like Mayra deserved better, but it was ok. Some of the decisions made regarding their actions through the course of the book were dumb to me. Maybe it was just to get the plot to go where it needed to go, but I didn’t care for it. So I honestly have some very mixed feeling about this book.

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

This is the second book in Ilona Andrews’s Hidden Legacy series. It is written in first person from Nevada Baylor’s POV.

First I just want to say FINALLY!!! I have waited over a year for this book to come out, and I was not disappointed!

SPOILER ALERT: There will be spoilers regarding the first book in the series.

So after Nevada and Mad Rogan finish up with Adam Pierce, they go their separate ways. This doesn’t mean that Nevada doesn’t think about him though, or that her family isn’t teasing her about him either. Two months go by with no contact.

In the mean time, Cornelius Harrison of House Harrison comes to Nevada in hopes of finding out who killed his wife. His wife’s employers are lying to him and he has no where else to turn for answers. This leads to mysteries and intrigues, and Mad Rogan!

I loved this book! We learn more about the Baylor family and Rogan. I loved that the Baylor family are there for each other. No matter what comes at them, they unite as a family and get through it. Then we have Rogan with all of his power and intensity. He’s super sexy and you want to see if there could be something between him and Nevada. It’s a relationship you’re rooting for.

Outside of the relationship world, we also learn a lot more on how the major magic houses work. The world that is created here is fascinating.

Five stars for this book, easily. I hate that it had to end, and now I need to wait until July to get the next book. Oh well. It’s coming!

Sterling by Dannika Dark

This is the first book in Dannika Dark’s Mageri series. It is written primarily in first person from Zoe Winter Merrick’s POV with some third person from various other characters.

Zoe is killed with flips her world upside down turning her into a new person. Along the way she meets Adam and Justus.

SPOILER ALERT: Regarding future of this series.

To be blunt, I couldn’t finish this book, and I don’t believe I will. I like a series that starts with a clear couple that slowly grows together, or just jumps right in. This series doesn’t do that. First you meet Adam who is very protective of Zoe. There is a spark there. But then Justus shows up. He knows what Zoe is becoming, whereas Adam is just a lowly human. However, she doesn’t end up with either of them. There is another guy that shows up in the second book in the series she seems to end up with.

I hate books that seem to play with other people’s emotions. I know that they aren’t real people, but the whole point of reading is you start to feel for these characters. I just felt like I didn’t know who to root for in the end, and I don’t like that. I like a clear couple. This just didn’t work for me.

Ravenheart by Dannika Dark

This is Dannika Dark’s second book in her Crossbreed series. It is about 90% written in first person from Raven Black’s POV with some third person from a few other character’s POVs.

SPOILER ALERT: There will be spoilers regarding the first book in this series.

This is a great follow up with Keystone. Raven is now a part of a pretty interesting group called Keystone. You have Viktor Kazan who is a Russian Shifter who put the team together. There is Blue, a Native Shifter who carries around an ax. Gem Laroux is a Mage with a bright personality. Claude Valentine is a Chitah who loves hair and taking care of women. Wyatt Blessing is the Gravewalking computer nerd. Niko is blind but deadly with a katana. Shepherd Moon is a sensor who looks like a murderer. And last but not least, Christian Poe who’s a Vampire with an attitude and Raven’s partner.

Keystone is called in to investigate some murders that have been taking place. It’s possible there are about 50 related deaths, though nothing conclusive. They are women who appear to have been killed by a Vampire. The higher authority has placed Detective Glass in charge of the case, who finds Raven pretty interesting.

In the romance world: Christian took the memory of his and Raven’s kiss at her request so that they can work together. Doesn’t stop some interested chemistry going on there. Also Detective Glass is interested in dating Raven, and she isn’t totally opposed.

This book was great, I might even have liked it better than the first one. I’m a sucker for romance, and though there isn’t anything going hot and heavy, I appreciate a steady build up, and that’s what I’m feeling in this series. Bummed the next book isn’t out yet, but really looking forward to it. Also there is a scene that about had me bawling. I managed to keep it in, but there was a real emotional connection it made. It’s was beautiful. Five stars!!!

Keystone by Dannika Dark

This is the first book in Dannika Dark’s Crossbreed series. Is is written primarily in first person from Raven Black’s POV with a little bit of third person from a couple other POVs.

Raven Black is a crossbreed that shouldn’t exist. She is both Mage and Vampire, though those magics should not be able to combine like they do in her. She also lives in a world that knows nothing of magic. As an individual who might be killed if the higher ups found out about her, and also as someone dead in the human world, she is unable to get a stable job. In the end, she is living on the streets. This doesn’t mean, however, that she doesn’t have a purpose.

Raven kills Mages and Vampires that prey on humans. She doesn’t get paid in any way for her troubles, but it is important to her to protect the humans. All immortals were once human, therefore the immortals should show them some respect.

Due to Raven’s activities, a group known as Keystone approaches her with a job offer that appeals to her greatly, if only so she can have her own bathroom. They also offer her a chance at stability that her live has been lacking.

In the romance area of this book, there is a Vampire, Christian Poe. Raven doesn’t trust Vampires, but she has to work with Christian. This makes for a lot of tension between the two characters, and since they are a mouthy bunch, some fun moments as well.

I quite liked this book. Raven is a strong woman who has been dealt a pretty crappy hand. She isn’t a cheerful person, but life hasn’t broken her. She shakes things up in Keystone, though not in a bad way. She makes a decision toward the end of the book I don’t like, but her reasoning is sound. It’s an interesting world with a fun group of characters that keeps you wanting to read more.

Agent of Chaos by Alex Rivers

This is the second book in Alex Rivers Dark Fae FBI series. It is written in first person from Agent Cassandra Liddell’s POV.

SPOILER ALERT: There are spoilers regarding the first book in the series. Warning has been issued.

Cassandra killed the Rix of the fae who was also the Terror Ripper serial killer that was plaguing the city so that he could feed on it’s fear. Cassandra has the same ability which she doesn’t relish. She has given her statement to the FBI, but due to all of the fae and magic elements involved, her story doesn’t make a lot of sense, which is suspicious. She is due to head back home, but there are still so many questions she has about the fae, and she isn’t ready to leave.

Cassandra’s best friend, Scarlett, is coming to London on a mission of her own since she works for the CIA. She is interested in getting Cassandra’s help for it. London is about to be under attack again, and Cassandra will be in the middle of it.

In the romance area of it, Cassandra is currently living with Detective Gabriel Stewart as a roommate. Nothing romantic is currently happening, but something could. On the other hand, there is also Roan Taranis who is involved in helping Cassandra navigate the fae world, and there is a spark there.

Overall it isn’t bad, but I fell out of interest about halfway through and ended up skimming ahead in a few places. It’s not bad, and I’m still curious about how the series unfolds, but it didn’t pull me in as well as the first book did.

Agent of Enchantment by Alex Rivers

This is Alex Rivers first book in her Dark Fae FBI series. It is written in first person from Cassandra Liddell’s POV.

Cassandra is coming to London to help profile a serial killer. She works for the FBI and has been requested to assist since the London Police Department is coming up empty.

Cassandra has a disturbing history, and when she comes to London she starts to fear she may be losing her sanity. Out of the corner of her eye she seems to see something, and she gets these feelings in London that have her confused and concerned.

After an altercation with some shady characters, Cassandra starts to discover there may be more to London than meets the eye. But is it just in her mind, or is it reality?

I enjoyed this book. There are some things that Cassandra does that are frustrating, like roaming around alone when you know there’s a serial killer on the loose. Otherwise, she’s intelligent and has drive. Also, the world Alex Rivers creates is interesting. SPOILER ALERT: the fae are involved. How their world interacts with London is interesting, and the magic that Cassandra discovers is new to me.

In the romance area, we have a couple of men. This annoys me to an extent since I hate love triangles, though this book doesn’t really go all out either way at this time. There is Detective Constable Gabriel Stewart who is the cop assigned to help Cassandra navigate the case. There is also Roan Taranis who is a fae that helps Cassandra in certain situations, but at a cost.

This book kept me interested. It’s probably not one of the best I’ve ever read, but it kept me intrigued, wanting to know what would happen next.

Raised in Fire by K.F. Breene

This is the second book by K.F. Breene in her Fire and Ice Trilogy. It is about 90% written in first person from Reagan Somerset’s POV. The other 10% is written in third person from Agnon’s POV.

SPOILER ALERT: There will be spoilers from the first book. Ye have been warned.

Reagan finally got the (forged) legal papers she always wanted and now has a desk job. Too bad that’s BORING. But when the aswang shows up in NOLA, Reagan gets to have some more excitement, followed by a request to help out in Seattle.

Agnon has been sent out by Reagan’s father to determine if Reagan is his daughter. There are some tests he needs performed before he is willing to bring her to his master’s attention to ensure there is no doubt that she is who the Great Master is looking for. Too bad Reagan doesn’t know about that.

In other news, Reagan now has a vampire stalker/ caretaker. Darius knows her dark secret, and for some reason has decided that he is responsible for Reagan’s safety, whether or not Reagan agrees, and he will take care of her however he sees fit, including never-seen house cleaners and fridge stockers. Darius is also dealing with some emotions that leave him confounded, but he’s willing to stand behind them. There is a lot of growth that happens in the Reagan/ Darius world.

This is another great book by K.F. Breene. Again, Reagan is a strong character who is fun to tag along with. She doesn’t always look before she leaps, but she keeps going. Dizzy and Callie are also along for the ride adding extra entertainment, as well as her eclectic neighbors. This book definitely gets my vote.