Review: “The Midnight Gardener” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Midnight Gardener
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Superstition
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Teen Fiction ; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 123 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2015
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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The Town of Superstition: Book One
At fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.
Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.


Thaddeus Cane is fifteen and has just moved to Superstition with his dad. It’s the thirty-second time he’s moved since he was a baby. He’s a solitary teenager, without friends.
The window in his room opens onto a beautiful garden, and every night Thaddeus observes his neighbor, Teofil a beautiful teenager like him, taking care of the plants.
When a wild beast attacks him, Thaddeus understands that Superstition has secrets connected to his past and gnomes, wizards and fairies aren’t just legends.

Oh, I liked this book very much.

Thaddeus is a super sweet teenager, shy and solitary. Understandable when he had to move so often. It makes him so adorable when Teofil flirts with him. He’s very smart, and maybe because he’s so lonely, when he understood that Teofil is a gnome, he didn’t freak out. Instead, he stayed quiet and kept going to see him, even if at first, he wasn’t really sure he believed him.
Teofil is a gnome … Let me repeat it, Teofil is a GNOME!!! Isn’t that wonderful? He’s a sexy gnome, tall with broad shoulders, kind and very caring and handsome (not like the little ugly things that people put in their garden with round faces and creepy smiles, those gnomes are awful and scary). He’s also calm and smart. I’ve read a lot of books with dragons or wizards, but never with gnomes (yes, yes, I squeal like a little girl meeting Anna and Elsa in Frozen).

The plot is interesting, and we can follow it easily. The questions that are answered are who’s the beast who attacks Thaddeus? Why does Teofil only garden at night? And what is Nathan (Thaddeus’s dad) hiding?

It’s the first book of the series, and it put the main characters in place and prepared us for the rest, the end is a cliffhanger, but not the kind that makes you scream, I promise.
Anyway, it’s a great story with good characters. It’s a good book for your teenagers if they’re fan of urban fantasy or for you adults, if like me, you’re a fan of fantasy or sexy gnomes!!

It’s 4 OptimuMM for me, and I will follow them

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

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Review: “A Tangle Of Secrets” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: A Tangle Of Secrets
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Superstition #4
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

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Sequel to The Battle of Iron Gulch
The Town of Superstition: Book Four
Thaddeus and his family and friends have returned from Iron Gulch and Thaddeus’s summer of magical awakening to a very different life. For one, he has both his parents for the first time, though his mother is still haunted by terrors and powers she can’t yet control. Teofil, Thaddeus’s gnome boyfriend, is consumed with finding Thaddeus’s evil uncle Lucian and answers about what happened to his brother, and he spends his days sequestered in Leopold’s library, pouring over the old wizard’s journals. When Thaddeus starts school and makes friends Teofil doesn’t like, there’s tension between them for the first time ever.
Thaddeus’s problems don’t end there. It’s harder and harder for him to conceal his magic, especially when facing the school bully. He’s lost, confused, and lashing out, and for once, he finds no solace in those closest to him. His enemies are hiding in plain sight, biding their time, until the Bearagon reappears and instigates a fight not everyone will walk away from.


After the battle of Iron Gulch, Thaddeus and his family and his friends have returned to Superstition.
Thaddeus and his father have succeeded, they found Claire, Thaddeus’s mother, and freed her from her curse. Claire needs some time to adjust to her new life. Thaddeus needs to return to his old life, meaning go back to school. But this time everything is different for him, he’s no longer the lonely boy he was, he has a boyfriend, he’s a wizard and his mother is back home.

Between Teofil’s quest to find his brother Fetter, the bully at school who harasses Thaddeus, and his new friend Andy, Thaddeus lives through a lot of changes and he feels more and more like an outsider from everyone, including his family.

But when the past comes back to hurt them, Thaddeus will have to make a choice and find the truth in all the lies.

It’s the final book of this series, and it’s my favorite.
Thaddeus has to come back to school, deals with a bully too, and starts to have dark and mean thoughts. He talks back to his parents, fights with Teofil and he’s angry all the times…
At first, I thought, nothing is wrong with him, he’s just a teenager. But the more I read, the more I understood that there’s something really wrong with him. And I had to wait for the end of the book to have my suspicions confirmed or not.

This story was more focused on Thaddeus and his family. It was interesting, and I enjoyed it a lot.
I really liked this book and how the author describes Thaddeus’s change, he makes a great metaphor between magic and the change all teenagers go through when they hit puberty.
The plot was good, and we have a real closure at the end, no more secrets, suspicions, nothing left.

I’m a little bit sad to say goodbye to them, but it was a beautiful final chapter.

4 OptimuMMs for All of them.

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

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Review: “Cursed” by Kris Sawyer

TITLE: Cursed
AUTHOR: Kris Sawyer
SERIES: Alpha’s Warlock
PUBLISHER: Creative Minds
COVER ARTIST: Sidney Lowell
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 80 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
PRICE: $3.57 – e-book
  

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Clyde Barrington is a werewolf with a curse on his head. Every night, he shifts from human to wolf and lives the life of a lonely predator, never fully accepted by his pack. When he saves a handsome stranger from a fire, everything changes.

In a world divided by the ancient feud between werewolves and warlocks, Clyde and Terry must learn to trust each other. When wolves start to disappear, their bond is tested by the fear of a pack now balanced on the edge of destruction.

Amidst a web of lies, deceits and betrayals, Clyde must decide where his loyalties lie, and choose between a forbidden love and the ties that bind him to his brothers. Is Terry an enemy to the pack, or the saviour that will lead them out of the darkness?


Terry is a young man and a Warlock. After his house burned and his life was saved by a strange wolf, Terry meets Clyde.

Clyde is a cursed wolf. Every day, when the sun goes down, he’s forced to shift into his wolf form for the rest of his life.But when Terry comes into his life, things change for him, good or bad, it’s up to them.

It was a short read. I liked this book, Clyde and Terry are adorable together, but it was too short for me to get attached.

The plot is interesting, Werewolves, Vampires and Shape-shifters were at war with Witches and Warlocks. After years of a bloody cruel war, a truce between them was settled. I liked the idea, but I was frustrated. Since it’s a short story, I think the author tried to put a lot of information in order for the reader to understand the story, universe and plot. I totally get it, and it’s not a simple exercise to do. But here, it was too fast, too superficial. Everything is on the surface, from the meeting between Clyde and Terry to the mysterious disappearing and the denouement.

It’s book 1 of this series, and the end promises us another book coming soon where we’ll learn more about them, I just hope the author will dig a little more into the characters and plot.

It’s a 3 stars for me, and I’m going to read the next one coming soon.

***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***

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Review: “Blood Drop” by Jacob Z. Flores

TITLE: Blood Drop
AUTHOR: Jacob Z. Flores
SERIES: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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A single drop of blood might hold the key to the fate of the magical world, and Aiden Teine must choose between his bond of love and embracing the power to defeat his enemies.
Aiden’s adjustment to being the first vampyre fae hasn’t been easy, but his ties to warlock Thad Blackmoor prevent him from becoming a monster. With Thad, Aiden has a new family, a new purpose, and a new reason to live—though he’s technically undead. There’s one problem: Aiden’s control over his vampyre is weakening. He must learn what’s triggering his violent reactions before he surrenders to the creature within. To complicate matters, Aiden discovers his transformation might not be complete, and he fears what he will become.

Aiden’s search for answers thrusts him into a frightening world filled with deception, new dangers, and apocalyptic visions. The part destiny intends Aiden to play could alter his relationship with Thad forever. If Aiden, Thad, and the entire magical community are to survive Icarian’s latest scheme, Aiden must interpret the meaning of the prophetic blood drop before it falls and ushers in the destruction of all creation—and the warlock he loves.


This is the fifth book of the series and the first time I have read this author. Even though I have not read the first four, which I strongly suggest you do, it was a very good fantasy book. I felt lost and had to keep going through the beginning of the book because there is a list and descriptions of all the characters. I did find the list helpful. I am excited to read the series from the beginning and to see this world or worlds from the beginning.

Aiden is a fire fae and former prince of his world. Then Aiden got turned into the first vampire fae and was cast out of his world. Aiden struggles with his new vampire being and is trying not to give into the desires of that first drink.

Thad is Aiden’s boyfriend and true love. Thad is an ice warlock and does a really awesome job keeping Aiden at bay with his thirst. But will it be enough? Thad has to help everyone realize they can’t be discovered by the human race or they will all be hunted.

There are so many characters that make this book enjoyable yet confusing because I have not read the other books. Will there be a happy ending for Aiden and Thad? Will Aiden give in to his thirst and alter the magical community? How will his love for his warlock affect his decisions? These are the answers I enjoyed reading, and I hope you do too.

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

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Review: “Gummy Bears & Grenades” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Gummy Bears & Grenades
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Sci-Fi; Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 102 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book

  

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THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.


The wedding is near. But before that, a bachelor party is due to happen where everything is going to be smooth… right…!

Dex and Sloan are ready to tie the knot, so to speak, but first the bachelor party. Dex, the always optimist, assures Sloan that everything is going to be just fine. He doesn’t need to worry so much, after all, he wouldn’t be alone, all their friends will be there to look out for him. Well, it’s futile to say it wouldn’t, we are talking about Dex, guys, who is a trouble magnet as we all know.

Sloan has a lot on his mind. Dex changing, the TIN, and above all, the marriage. His attachment to Dex is growing, and that comes with protectiveness. When the bachelor party is due, Caleb
and Sloan’s significant other Dex, set him up with Tony, his boss and future father in law. They should spend the night together—bonding. Though he’s warned not let Tony convince him to play air hockey. Does Sloan listen? He tries but it’s all in vain when he’s challenged by Tony. And of course being the alpha, he can’t just ignore that.

At the party, Dex gets a mysterious visit, what, let’s just say, he enjoys immensely! But after that, things go Dex-like. Wolf shows up, TIN operatives show up and others too. I’m not saying much about this because I don’t want to spoil the story for you guys!

Can’t wait for the next of this series, I’m curious how Sloan and Dex will manage their task as TIN operators.

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

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