Review: “Blood for the Spelling” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Blood for the Spelling
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 280 pages
RELEASE DATE: Nov 27, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 -paperback

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Sheets of ice are spreading across the human world, ushering in an ice age as the magic drained from Demonside turns that world into a desert. Angus and reluctant warlock Terrance have defected from Vinland to the Mayan Empire—a land of dark and potent magic. But the Mayans aren’t offering sanctuary for free.
Nor is the world willing to stand back as Vinland attacks, and the backlash will affect all magic users.
Mage Saka has no tribe. He is now just another refugee fleeing the dying Demonside. He knows the conflict brewing now will be worse than the first demon war. Countries are banding together—not just against Vinland, but against all magic. Where will the powerful Mayan Empire stand?
Angus might have the power to fight Vinland and the Warlock College, but the cost will be terrible. Saka is torn between helping Angus and stopping him. And Terrance would do anything for Angus, but he’s terrified of the man Angus is becoming, even as Saka is warming to the idea of a relationship between the three of them.
No matter what choice they make, victory will be bittersweet, and when the ash settles and the snow melts, nothing will be the same.


Angus, Saka and Terrance finally arrived at the Mayans Empire, but they don’t find the shelter and help they were hoping for.
The whole “human” world is at the edge of a war, while demonside is at the edge of extinction.
Saka tries to convince other demon mages to close the doors between these two worlds to gain time while Angus tries to find a way to save both worlds. He might have a way, but it will cost blood, love, and life.
Can they take the risks? Can they choose to lose everything to save their world? No matter the end, blood will be spilled.
Blood for the Spilling by TJ Nichols is the third and last book of the Studies in Demonology trilogy.

I was thrilled to read the last chapter of Angus, Saka and Terrance’s journey, and TJ Nichols didn’t disappoint me. This final was fabulous, and I was completely hooked in the book.

Angus wants to save his world and demonside. He’s ready to do everything in his power for that, but the Mayans Empire isn’t as welcoming as he’d hoped, and after everything he endured in Vinland, after almost dying in the demonside’s desert, Angus has to prove himself again while finding a way to save them all.

Saka is as desperate as Angus to save the world, his world. He keeps trying to reach other tribes and find a way to united them to save their world, meanwhile, he wants to protect Angus, to save him too. Saka is torn between his duty for his people and his love for his Mage.
Terrance hopes to finally find a home, to finally be able to be with the man he loves even if he has to share him with Saka. But Terrance’s past with Vinland—what they forced him to do to Angus—comes back to bit him, and the Mayans see him as a traitor, as someone who can’t be trusted, and they threaten his life and his future with Angus.

Throughout the book, we follow Terrance, Saka, and Angus on their last journey. The point of view alternates between the three of them. The sacrifices they are forced to do, their fears, their doubts and most of all their love. This book is the final chapter, and it’s the darkest of the trilogy in my opinion. The atmosphere is dark and heavy, I felt the fears and the angst, I felt their despair, I felt their love. I was completely hooked in the book and couldn’t put it down until the end.

This final episode is my favorite in the series, and the end was epic.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series. if you haven’t read it yet…Angus, Saka, and Terrance worth it.

It’s 5 OptimuMM for The Mages and their anchor.

***The ARC was provided by DSP Publication . My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Be Fairy Game” by Meghan Maslow

TITLE: Be Fairy Game
AUTHOR: Meghan Maslow
SERIES: Starfig Investigations
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Lou Harper
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 340 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 30, 2018
PRICE: $ –5.38 e-book/ $13.99 – paperback

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They’re baaacckk!
When a simple ‘find & fetch’ case throws private investigator Twig Starfig and newly-minted wizard, Quinn Broomsparkle, into the middle of an EBI murder investigation, it’s just another day in the Elder Realm.
If murder were Twig’s only problem, he’d be the luckiest half-dragon in the land. Murder he can handle. Fulfilling his promise to his scheming, power-hungry father to run for a seat on Lighthelm’s city council? Meh, he’d rather face a demon with a toothache.
On top of their case going sideways, and Twig running for a council seat he really doesn’t want, Twig and Quinn are forced to face some unpleasant realities about their budding romance, while still learning how to handle the wizard-familiar bond they now share. Throw in a red fury with abysmal taste in boyfriends, a ghost pirate-parrot who drinks too much, a murderer who will stop at nothing to get what they want, a host of new friends and enemies, and you’ve got a situation where no one is safe and everyone is Fairy Game.


Book two in the Starfig Investigations series is crazy entertaining and full of excitement, and shenanigans. Twig and Quinn are caught up once again in an epic adventure. Murder and mayhem follows these two everywhere they go. Quinn is now Twig’s familiar, and they have a lot of relationship woes in this book, but the epic romance that was budding in book one is still shining bright.

Twig is just as adorable as he was in book one. The half-dragon, half-fairy is such a joy to read. He has a few changes happening and some healing that has to be done from his past, but the sassy dragon-fairy is a tough guy. His dad is still driving him absolutely crazy, and there’s a dark elf just waiting to get his head torn off. Fig and his dragon are constantly at odds. His dragon is all about finally claiming Quinn, but Fig knows Quinn isn’t ready, and it definitely causes some contention between the two.

Quinn is hilarious in this book as well as book one. I love how strong he’s become since becoming free. He’s getting the hang of his powers as a wizard, and he’s definitely not taking any crap from anyone. Book one was more focused on Quinn as a character than book two. I have a feeling book three will be centered more around him.

I really enjoyed these books. Both are absolutely fantastic. The plot in this one dragged a little more than in book one, but it definitely didn’t deter my obsessive reading. I had to know what happens and so the pages kept on turning. I highly recommend this book, and I do advise that you read book one prior to book two. It was an absolute joy to read.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Heavens Aground” by G.R. Lyons

TITLE: Heavens Aground
AUTHOR: G.R. Lyons
SERIES: Treble and the Lost Boys
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Dana Leah
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 348 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 24, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $12.89 -paperback

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Ryley Skye can’t take anything seriously. Not the murder scenes he investigates, nor the fact that he’s cheating on his boyfriend. Not the bloody nightmares he gets every other night, and especially not Vic’s ridiculous theory that Ryley might be a mage.
Magic? Him? There’s just no way.
When Vic decides he’s had enough of Ryley’s cheating and breaks things off, it couldn’t come at a worse time. They’ve just been handed a case that will require them to work closely together, whether they like it or not. But Ryley plays along. He has to. He can’t afford any kind of confrontation. Things happen when he gets angry or aroused. Weird things. Bad things. He has to stay bottled up and in control at all times.
Then he meets Asher Arden, and indulges in what he thinks is a little rebound fling. But when Ryley loses control and puts Asher’s life at risk, he realizes two things: He loves Asher more than anything else in the world…
And Vic just might have been right all along.
(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as in the Shifting Isles Series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included.)


The author has done it again! He’s sucked me in, and I need the next book yesterday. I absolutely love these characters in this series. The author tells such a story that your heart just aches until the end. The reality of what some of these characters go through, to this day, still breaks my heart. Being a woman, I will never understand what a gay man goes through just for being gay, but my heart aches so much anyway. I loved my children unconditionally, and it blows my mind that there are parents that do not.

Now to talk about the characters without giving too much away. This second book has a lot of little twists and plots that I sure don’t want to spoil anything for you.

Vic and Ryley have been together for six years, but Ryley can’t stop cheating on Vic. But Vic will not have sex with Ryley. Ryley has terrible nightmares about lots of blood in his hair and lungs. Vic is very good at calming him down after one, but it’s not enough for them to stay together and Vic moves out.

Ash was pushed off a boat by his own father 15 years ago and survived. He’s been reliant on himself for shelter and food but he’s not had any human contact for all these years. Ryley has been investigating this case as of recently, and Ryley had found a clue, so he traveled to this island by himself. It blew my mind how Ryley introduced himself to Ash.

They bring Ash home and try to introduce him to humanity again. This is not an easy task, as you can only imagine. Ry and Ash have a great connection, and Ry wants to be faithful to him. Weird. But every time they have sex, the lights go crazy, and Ash ends up in some kind of pain. Vic had told him about the lights before, but Ry wouldn’t listen. It isn’t until a tragedy happens that he finally listens.

Will Ash get accustomed to society? Will Ry actually be faithful to Ash? Why won’t Vic have sex? So many questions and so little answers. This is an intense read. Well, it was for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I apologize if this review seems vague but like I said, I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Alpha Unit One, New York” by Chris T.Kat

TITLE: Alpha Unit One, New York
AUTHOR: Chris T.Kat
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Cate Ashwood
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranrmal; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 161 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jul 27, 2018
PRICE: $5.99 e-book

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The cat’s out of the bag….
In a world that accepts shifters as normal and thinks nothing of human/shifter couples, baby shifters and small shifters are treated as subpar. They are not allowed into the more dangerous professions, and their mates have legal control over what they can and cannot do.
Nicholas Reed is about to challenge the established rules. At twenty-eight, Nick has just been accepted into New York’s Alpha Unit One—an elite law enforcement team, composed equally of humans and shifters, that specializes in drug crimes. It is Nick’s dream job. But if they find out what he’s hiding, his career could be destroyed.
Enter a huge complication in the form of Sam Black, an older lion shifter who is the leader of the unit… and Nick’s mate. Nick wants Sam, and he wants to keep his job, but he can’t have them both. He also can’t choose between them.


Nicholas Reese is 28 years-old. He dreams to be a cop and especially a member of the Alpha Unit One. It’s a unit where humans and shifters work together. Nicholas decides to enter this unit as human and does everything in his power to keep his secret safe, but he didn’t plan to meet his true mate in the person of Sam Black an alpha lion shifter and his boss.
They will have to decide what they really want if they want a chance of a future together.

Alpha Unit One, New York is my first book by the author Chris T Kat. I liked this book.

In a world where humans and shifters are equals and live together, the baby shifters aren’t really free to do what they want. Baby-shifters are humans who can shift into the baby’s form of their animal, no matter their ages or sizes. When they’re in this form, they act like little child, so humans and shifters (the adult ones) decided that the baby-shifters can’t have dangerous work (like being a cop) and when they mate, their mates have all power, decisions and responsibilities over them.

Nicholas is an adult, he’s 28 years old. But when he shifts, he becomes a baby snow leopard and that’s where the problem is. He’s a good cop, strong, and mature, but because of his shifted form, people think he’s a kid who needs to be protected. Mating Sam scares him because he refuses to lose his job, but he can’t resist his pull for Sam too. I adore Nick, he’s strong, mature, very smart and super cute. When he shifts he’s just so cute. His shifted form, named Tiny, is so adooooooorable I wanted to put him in my pocket and never let him go.

Sam is an older Lion shifter. He’s strong, fierce, loyal, very protective and hot, like super-hot and I want to do things to him that I can’t really write right now! Sam doesn’t freak out about Nick’s secret, but all his protective instincts kick in, and he tried to protect his baby-mate, even if he’d be hurting him in the process. I sooo love Sam.

I really liked this book. I was afraid when I read the blurb that the book would be a copy of the “Thirds” series by Charlie Cochet, but it wasn’t at all. Yes, it’s a world where shifters and humans live together, and yes, it’s about a unit where shifters and humans are partners, but it ends there. The plot, the characters, the particularities of this universe, are different from the other series, and it was original and pretty good in Alpha Unit One, New York.

I don’t know if it’s the beginning of a series, so I’m torn, let me explain. If it’s the beginning of a series, this book put just all the ingredients for a good series. The main characters, the plot and subplot, and the background are all introduced in the book but not thoroughly, and it’s okay for me because it mean I will learn more about Sam and Nick, their dynamics, their world in the next books. If it’s just a standalone, well, it was good but too superficial for me.

Anyway, if you like a good universe with shifters and humans, I recommend this book, it’s a pleasurable read. And I do hope to have another one (me? greedy? … Naan)

3.5 Stars for The King Lion and his baby prince!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Home is Where You Are” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Home is Where You Are
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: eXtasy books
COVER ARTIST: Scott Carpenter
GENRE: Paranormal; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $8.00 – paperback

BLURB:

Ari is a merman who lives near Muir Beach, California. When he saves his only human friend from drowning, his existence becomes public knowledge, and he’s taken away from his home to be used as an attraction in an Orlando aquatic park.
Theo Delaney is human, and as soon as he finds out about the merman, he’s fascinated by him. He visits the park and decides Ari isn’t a fish like the park’s owner is trying to convince everyone. When one of the park workers tells him he’s going to try to free the merman, Theo wants in, and he’s the one who drives Ari back to California.
He hadn’t expected to fall in love in the process, though. How can he, a human man, and Ari, a merman, be together?


I loved Home is Where You Are by Catherine Lievens. This is a standalone book, and so it’s significantly longer than the author’s usual serial length books. So for all of the fans out there who complain that the books aren’t long enough, you should read this book because it’s awesome. Who doesn’t love mermen?

This book reminds me of two of my favorite movies that I loved to watch growing up, Splash and the Little Mermaid.
Ari lives in a small village and is living at home. He’s just become an adult, and he needs to get a job. He has to choose between being a builder like his dad or a hunter like his oldest brother. Ari yearns to explore and is fascinated by the human world. He even knows the human’s language thanks to his human friend Joe.

Joe had caught Ari in one of his fishing nets and had let him go, and they had been friends ever since. They have been meeting every week since then. But during one of their visits, Joe has a heart attack and falls overboard into the sea. Ari knows that the only way to save him is to get him to shore and scream for help.

Some of the locals see Ari and that later leads to him being captured, kidnapped, and sold to a Sea World-type aquarium where Ari’s destined to live out his days in a tank. Dennis who is assigned to take care of Ari finds out that Ari can speak and understand English and they become friends until Dennis is fired for feeding Ari more than he was supposed to be getting. Ari also meets a human who comes every day and sits and watches him through the glass, until one day the human sneaks through the employee access door and comes up and talks to Ari at the top of the aquarium. Ari refuses to talk to him, but he loves having Theo come and visit him and listen to him talk about his life. They become fast friends.

With the help of his new friends, Dennis and Theo, they will come up with a plan to get him back to California and home to his village. Renting a van with a bathtub in the back to keep Ari’s tail wet, they will journey across the country to get Ari back to Muir Beach. For Ari and Theo, it will be a bittersweet journey filled with growing feelings of love and the knowledge of just how impossible it will be to have a lasting relationship.

I loved the story and the house that Theo makes so that he can share his life with Ari is simply amazing. This book is more about Ari and Theo’s falling in love, and it is a slow burn filled with lots of handholding and kissing and just a little bit of rubbing but nothing explicit. I didn’t mind a bit, and I usually prefer my books to be on the more explicit side. But this one just made me feel warm and fuzzy. I really wish that Catherine Lievens would write more merman books and that her fans would give this one a try. I loved it, and I know they would, too.

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis