Review of: The Guardian by MC Lee

TITLE: The Guardian
AUTHOR: MC Lee
SERIES: The Touchstone
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
GENRE: Paranormal; YA
RELEASE DATE: Nov 26, 2019

BLURB:

Superpowered teen Sam, and his boyfriend, Harry, are already struggling to navigate being gifted in a normal world, and their problems are about to get deadlier.
Their oldest enemy, Caleb Reed, will stop at nothing to capture Sam and force him to use his abilities for Reed’s benefit. Though their team of friends and allies steps up to watch their backs, Reed sneaks past their defenses time and time again, leading Sam to wonder if one of their own has betrayed them.
When Reed threatens the life of a friend, Sam is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life—one with consequences he can’t even imagine.


When I first read The Touchstone, I was hoping for a sequel. From the very beginning, I was falling in love with Sam and Harry. These two went through a lot at a very young age, being by themselves and looking after each other.

Later, during the first installment, we found out that it’s actually Sam who triggered Harry’s gift because Sam was a Touchstone—a very rare ability to emphasize other’s power.
Sam’s acceptance in the Bunker was hard as we all know from book 1. But after the discovery that Sam is the most powerful of them all, it seems that everything is settling in its right place. Except it’s not.

Sam has a secret. Uhmm, no, I’m not gonna tell…

Caleb, being Caleb, wants to get his hands on Sam desperately, and he does anything to achieve his wishes.

Because of who Sam is, the members of the Bunker are in serious danger. They’re targeted by Caleb’s goons, and among those, is Maya’s brother.

Sam considers the possibility of running for the benefit of the guys whom he considers as his own family now.

This book is more angsty than the previous one. We face inner turmoil as well as some tension between Sam and Harry.

Sam is working closely with Jonah, to reach his potential as fast as he can, but the exercise leaves him mentally and physically ill. All there is Sam’s secret, and no, I still not telling you guys, that makes him extremely secretive.

Harry being Harry, knows that there are things Sam is keeping from him. He feels hurt by his boyfriend’s actions. He wants to be a pillar as well for Sam as he was for Harry.

The pressure on Sam and Caleb’s attacks leaves them only one thing…to give in to Caleb’s request and to join his team.

This book is one of my favorite YAs ever! It has everything: angst, romance, teenage mistakes and so much more.

I can’t wait for the next in the series…it’s definitely a must-read!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Furborn by Isabelle Rowan

TITLE: Furborn
AUTHOR: Isabelle Rowan
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Paranormal; YA
RELEASE DATE: Oct 15, 2019

BLURB:

Foxes are vermin.
Australian sheep farmers regard them as an enemy to be shot on sight and hung from the branches of an old gum tree.
But not all foxes are just foxes.
Connor Coutts could be the last surviving male Furborn in Victoria, maybe in the whole country, a heavy burden for a teenager. His life’s path is clear— protect what’s left of the Furborn line. That is until someone new arrives at the MacKenzie sheep farm. Spencer MacKenzie, with his long black hair and gothic style, is a strange sight in Connor’s forest, but Fate throws the two teenagers together to save their families.
Can Connor trust Spencer to keep his life-or-death secret, or will he hang on the tree?


YA is one of my favorite sub-genres. I like the young vibe of the books, the awkwardness when it comes to the MC’s to express their feelings. The hormones forcing them to make dumb choices. It’s entertaining.
Furborn was a surprise for me. A very good surprise! I loved it! Every part of it and I was sad when it ended. I would say it was a sudden ending, but it really wasn’t. I just wished the book would continue.

The plot of the story is captivating. The dynamics of the MacKeznies makes you want to be adopted by them all.
The story starts with the first meeting of our boys Spencer and Connor, near a tree where the farmers hang dead foxes, a sign for everybody to know that they’re deep in sheepland. The tree is a nightmare for Connor, and it disgusts Spencer as well.

Their first meeting goes without verbal acknowledgment, but they notice each other all right.

Years later, when PA MazKenzie can’t take care of the farm and his lovely sheep anymore, the younger generation of the family decides its time to move.
Spencer, being your typical emo boy, that mean no friends, well except one, find himself in this new setting of his life.

The second meeting of the boys goes…well not as Spencer would imagine. After all these years, the boys remember each other.

Regardless of all the warnings of Connor’s grandmother, and her strict manners, Connor can’t keep away from Spencer. The boy’s allure, his darkness, is just too much to resist. And during one of Connor’s rages, causing him a big injury, he ends up in the care of MacKenzies.

This book is full of secrets. If you like YA, and more, YA Paranormal, this book is for you.

I wish this will turn into a series because I need more Connor and Spencer!!!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Shaman of Kupa Pitir by A. Nybo

TITLE: The Shaman of Kupa Piti
AUTHOR: A. Nybo
SERIES: Shaman’s Law
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Jul 30, 2019

BLURB:

When an international case involving a series of ritual murders lands in his lap, strait-laced and logical Agent Leon Armstrong is going to need some help.
Leon follows the trail to the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, Australia, where he gets tangled up with the wild Russian mystic Sergei Menshikov. Despite his commitment to rationality, Leon discovers he isn’t immune to the way of the spirits, no matter how much he’d like to think. When Sergei tells him he treads a predestined path, Leon’s world turns upside down.
Leon’s experiences in Coober Pedy will change his life forever, but can he hold out against Sergei and the spirits—who Sergei claims have chosen them for each other?


I loved it! I loved everything about this book!
Sergei leaves Russia after his father is murdered. He made a life for himself as an opal miner in rural Australia. His routine is simple, dig, go to Friday happy hour to the local pub, and get laid if the chance occurs. His every morning starts with his offering to the Gods to keep him safe in the mines.

But he has a dream that keeps coming back to him, and he knows that the spirits are trying to send him a message. Also, he’s done with the spirits, done as much as a shaman can be done. He runs not just from his past but also from his heritage.
Or he tries… but the spirits have other ideas. The man in these dreams gives him no rest.

Leon is investigating some murder cases that seems to have the same modus operandi, some ritualistic and very bizarre killings. After finding the latest victim, he’s led to Coober Pedy, a miner town.

Upon his arrival, Leon meets this strange man, Sergei, who is not only a witness but also a possible suspect.
That wouldn’t be a problem per se, if not for the unexplainable attraction and awe/fear this man strikes in him. He just can’t stay away from the Russian miner, and he finds every small excuse to meet him. He also puts his career in jeopardy when he repeatedly acts upon his desire. But it’s all Sergei’s fault, right? Right?!

This book has everything that I like in books. Good plot, not so mushy-mushy romance, and a lot, a lot, a lot, of new information. I like books that make me stop in the middle of a sentence to google things for better understanding. Every bit of the situations were very down to earth—from the everyday job situations to the sex scenes.

I LIKED EVERY WORD OF IT!

This is the first book of the series, and as soon as I finished it, I wanted the next in this series. Even though there is no real cliffhanger, the amount of information this book is offers and the possibility of more just makes me … oh you all know what I’m talking about don’t you? Off course you do…

I recommended it dearly, so have fun my lovelies!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Spark in the Stars by Foster Bridget Cassidy

TITLE: Spark in the Stars
AUTHOR: Foster Bridget Cassidy
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Sci-Fi
RELEASE DATE: Jun 21, 2019

BLURB:

A case of mistaken identity could lead to love for an aloof starship captain and a brilliant if underappreciated mechanic from the sticks—if they can survive the dangerous mission assigned to them.
Ginnovi Oshwald just needs someone to give him a chance. He can keep anything running, despite the “spark” his body produces that sometimes wreaks havoc with electronics. Gin gets his chance when Captain Lian Hartford comes to Tallahassee in search of a mechanic. The trouble is, he’s looking for Gin’s sister. But since he only has a name to go by, Gin tells a little white lie. What could go wrong?
Lian loves his ship and his work as a diplomat but has difficulty connecting with others—only partly because of his mixed human and alien heritage. Something about the eccentric mechanic intrigues him, though, and their easy friendship could become more… if they live long enough to broker peace between humanity and a hostile race while pacifying a crew that thinks Gin belongs in prison.


When Ginnovi deliberately presents himself as his sister, he has one goal in mind. To get away from this place and starting over with more opportunities than he was ever going to get from his sister. But before we judge the sister, we must know that she took over their late father’s garage and raised Ginnovi by herself, that led her to seeing her younger brother as a kid, who has the tendency to blow up electronic devices.

It’s not really his fault. It seems that he’s charged with this static electricity, and in the most inconvenient times, it discharges. He can’t help it, and he can’t control it, no matter what he does.

After their latest fight, sitting in the local pub with the intention of downing his sorrow in alcohol, a chance appears to him in the form of Captain Liam Hartford.

Lian is looking for the very famous mechanic of Tallahassee. Despite the fact that everybody’s telling him that Oshwald is hard to convince, he finds no resistance and whisks the mechanic away in no time. So what if they get the wrong gender in the description. It was probably a bureaucratic mistake.

After their departure, he soon finds out that Gin lied to him, putting their top-secret mission at risk. But there might be a chance that the captain could help Gin with his sparkling problems. Also, it seems to Liam that Gin is more to him than just a brilliant mechanic.
I liked the plot and the romance between our two MCs, but there were minor details that I can’t see happening in real life. And while we know this is sci-fi, things like identification for a top-secret mission shouldn’t be lousy. I can understand some misspelling of the name, but gender? How can you mistake that?

We learn about new species, inter-species relations, and offsprings.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney

TITLE: The Nothingness of Ben
AUTHOR: Brad Boney
SERIES: The Austin Trilogy
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Nov 23, 2012

BLURB:

Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan’s top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.
During the funeral, Ben meets Travis Atwood, the redneck neighbor with a huge heart. Their relationship initially runs hot and cold, from contentious to flirtatious, but when the weight of responsibility starts wearing on Ben, he turns to Travis, and the pressure shapes their friendship into something that feels a lot like love. Ben thinks he’s found a way to have his old life, his new life, and Travis too, but love isn’t always easy. Will he learn to recognize that sometimes the worst thing imaginable can lead him to the place he was meant to be?


This was my first read from this author.

When it comes to rating this book, I’m not sure how to rate it. I liked it, and at the same time, there was so many things that I couldn’t agree with.

Ben Walsh comes home after his parents die in a tragic accident. He has a promising carrier in Manhattan, and he’s also an out and proud gay man. This was the reason he was considered a absent member of his family. His late mother didn’t agree to his lifestyle, so he stayed away missing out on his three younger brothers growing up. And this when it’s started to be weird for me. I’m, myself, am the older brother, but my parents’ behavior never let me to stay away from my brother.

Ben Walsh’s behavior is inappropriate when it comes to understanding what his younger brothers are going through. The brothers are angry with him, and honestly, with reason. Ben is not a likable character in my honest opinion, and the feeling remained till the end of the book.

Travis is a sweetheart! It was an insta-like for me. He’s the big brother to the younger Walsh brothers that they need. They seek comfort in him, turning to him instead of their brother, Ben. But then Travis starts to have strange feelings for Ben … Travis is straight, up until now. He never felt attracted to a man before. This confuses him.

There was a scene, actually many, when I wanted to club Ben on his head! Ben is a selfish person. If I were in Travis’s place, I wouldn’t give a minute of my life to Ben.

Rapping it up, it’s not a bad or good book. I let you be the judge of it …

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis