Recent Reviews...

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Book Review! The Faerie Games by Michelle Madow




The Faerie Games (Dark World: The Faerie Games #1) by Michelle Madow
Genre: Young Adult (Fantasy Romance)
Date Published:  August 30, 2019
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

I’m Selena Pearce, and in the past few days I’ve been kidnapped by faeries, gifted with powerful magic, and forced by the gods to compete in a twisted game to the death.

Growing up on the magical island of Avalon should be great... but I have no magic to speak of. And my parents forbid me from leaving.

So when I sneak out to Earth for a night and meet a hottie named Julian with ice blue eyes that leave me breathless, of course I say yes to a date with him. But when Julian pulls me through a magical portal, I realize he isn’t human. He’s a half-blood faerie sent to bring me to his realm of the Otherworld. Because apparently, I’m a half-blood faerie, too. And I’ve been chosen to compete in the annual Faerie Games—a brutal, gladiator-like competition where half-bloods fight to the death.

Too bad I can’t get my new magic under control. But with all eyes on me, I only have two options: Die in the Faerie Games, or win and earn my freedom.

Now the other players—including Julian, who still captivates me even though I should hate him—better watch out. Because I’m determined to get home.

And I’ll fight anyone blocking my path to get there.

Full of magic, mythology, adventure, and romance, The Faerie Games is the first book in an addicting young adult urban fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Michelle Madow that will keep you reading late into the night! 

The Faerie Games is the first book in the Dark World: The Faerie Games by Michelle Madow. This was like a fae version of the Hunger Games. I liked Selena from the start, and it was very easy to get pulled into her life. I liked how Roman Mythology was woven into the Faerie work. That was a unique spin on things. There was a bit of action and a hint of romance. I think we're in store for much more of each in the following books. Like all books by this author, the story completely swept me out of reality, and it was all over way before I wanted it to be. Fortunately for us, there are more books, and the Faerie Games are just beginning!

The ARC of The Faerie Games by Michelle Madow was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Check out my reviews of other books by this author!
http://www.whatsbeyondforks.com/2014/01/book-review-secret-diamond-sisters-by.html

author
She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

To learn more about Michelle Madow and her books, visit her website. You can also find the author on InstagramGoodreadsPinterestFacebook and Twitter.


Buy this book at:

Book Review! The Vampire War by Michelle Madow




The Vampire War (Dark World: The Vampire Wis #5) by Michelle Madow 
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published:  December 22, 2017 
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Find the Holy Grail. Win the war. Save the world.

A lot has changed for Annika since being kidnapped by vampires to become a blood slave in their hidden kingdom of the Vale. Not only has she learned she’s a Nephilim—a race that’s supposedly extinct—but she’s found herself on a dangerous quest for the Holy Grail. Luckily, she has the vampire Prince Jacen by her side, and the two of them feel ready for anything—especially now that they trust each other more than ever.

But finding the Grail is only the beginning. Because when Annika learns that a demon is leading a pack of wolves to war against the vampires, she must stop him before it’s too late. If she can’t, he’ll open a Gate to Hell… and the world as she knows it will be lost forever.

Get ready for an action-packed, adventure-filled ride in the EPIC conclusion to The Vampire Wish series!


The Vampire War is the fifth and final book in The Vampire Wish series by Michelle Madow. Like this authors other books, this book and this series as a whole was a highly immersive reading experience. There's potential for more to be told along this storyline, and there's also supposed to be a prequel series, I believe. I'll have to look it up and see in that series is out yet or in the works. I've enjoyed Annika as a character quite a bit. Watching her transformation from the girl she was in book one to who she is now was a lot of fun to read. When there are so many books in a series, with so much going on, like this series has,(seriously, there's rarely a dull moment) it's always hard to review without saying too much. I don't want to give bits away. There are still a few things I wonder about, which may get covered in other books. I can see that happening. But know this... there will be twists and turns. There will also be things you see coming, but you will enjoy every minute of it!

The ARC of The Vampire War by Michelle Madow was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Check out my reviews of other books by this author!
http://www.whatsbeyondforks.com/2014/01/book-review-secret-diamond-sisters-by.html

author
She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

To learn more about Michelle Madow and her books, visit her website. You can also find the author on InstagramGoodreadsPinterestFacebook and Twitter.



Buy this book at:

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Book Reviews! The Mount Trilogy by Meghan March





Ruthless King (Mount Trilogy #1) by Meghan March 
Genre: Adult Fiction (Dark Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Self


Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March
New Orleans belongs to me.
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.
To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.


Ruthless King is the first book in the Mount Trilogy by Meghan March. This is definitely one of those guilty pleasure kind of books. Lachlan Mount reminds me a bit of Christian Grey. He's got money. Likes control. People fear him. He's kinky in the bedroom. He has hidden issues and a whole other side to him we only get glimpses of so far. So yeah... lots in common. This book is written way better though. There isn't a Red Room per-say, but they don't really need one. Keira is feisty. Nothing like Ana... thank goodness! The conversations were a little repetitive at times, but I've gotta say... I probably would be telling him off regularly too. Also, he reprimands her for saying the same thing all the time, so kudos to him for that. There is a twist thrown in there at the end.. Two actually. So, consider my interest perked at this point.


“Take a step in that direction and you’ll lose everything.”
My feet freeze to the cracked cement floor as a bead of sweat rolls down my chest. Normally I would attribute it to the sauna-like conditions produced by the whiskey stills, but not tonight.
“What do you want?” I whisper. “Why are you here?”
The chair groans as he rises to his feet, those wide fingers refastening the button on his suit coat, but his face never comes into the light.
“You owe me a debt, Ms. Kilgore, and I’m here to collect.”
“A debt?”
My mind scrambles to think of how in the hell I could owe him money. I’ve never met him before. Hell, I’ve never seen him before, only heard his voice while I eavesdropped. My kind doesn’t mingle with his—well, at least, most of my kind. A few rumors circulated that he kept Richelle LaFleur, a girl from our church, as a mistress until she went missing a year ago. I shut that path of thinking down completely.
“What are you talking about?” Somehow, I manage to form the question.
Two fingers push a document titled Promissory Note across the scarred wood of my desk into the watery pool of light. My eyes lock on the papers, but I’m too terrified to step any closer.
Oh, sweet Jesus, Brett. What did you do? My heart slams against my ribs.
“Don’t you want to know how much your husband borrowed with this place as collateral?”
“How much?” I ask, inching toward him against my will.
“A half million dollars.”
I suck in a shocked breath. “You’re lying.”
With both hands on the desk, he leans down, exposing his face in the dim light. Hard features carved from granite, piercing dark eyes, and an unrelenting stare contrast with the relative civility of the suit that fits him to perfection.
“I never lie.”
“A half million dollars? No way. “I would’ve known if Brett had borrowed that kind of money, and let me tell you—he didn’t.”
He shrugs as if the information means nothing to him. And maybe it doesn’t.
“His signature says that he did, and this debt is overdue.”
My eyes zero in on the papers on the desk. If he really did this . . . The effects would be catastrophic.
Four generations of Kilgores have dedicated their hopes, dreams, and fortunes to keeping this legacy alive. It can’t end with me.
“I don’t have the money.”
“I know.”
His response throws me back on my heels. “Then why—”
He moves out of the light and comes toward me. I shrink back against the wall as he advances, blocking my escape route to the door. There’s nowhere to run. He has me trapped.
“Because there’s something I might be willing to take in trade.”
It takes everything I have to keep my voice steady as my heart threatens to burst from my chest. “What?”
He stops a foot from me, and his full lips form a single word.
“You.”

Defiant Queen (Mount Trilogy #2) by Meghan March
Genre: Adult Fiction (Dark Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Self

I’m his entertainment. His toy. Payment on a debt.
I tell myself I hate him, but every time he walks into the room, my body betrays me. How can I want him and fear him in the same moment?
They told me he’d mess with my head. Make it go to war with my body.
But I didn’t realize it would be complete anarchy.
I should’ve known better. When Mount’s involved, there are no rules.
I will not surrender. I will not show weakness. I’ll stand my ground and make it out of this bargain with my heart and soul intact.
But he has other plans . . .


Defiant Queen is the second book in the Mount Trilogy by Meghan March. If you haven't read the first books, read no further. You must read these books in order. Through book one I kinda wondered if Lachlan was putting on an act when it came to his position as King of Nola.. like maybe he's under cover CIA and is actually a good guy in disguise or something like that.  Well, maybe I was right. Maybe I was wrong. He's a complicated man. But, we definitely get to know him better. We learn his history, why he is the way he is, and what makes him tick. Also, things are changing in the romance department. Are we seeing some feelings from the ice King? Hmmm. This one was more along the lines of cute.. with bits of naughty thrown in, of course. But that ending? Things just got real,  folks.


Sinful Empire (Mount Trilogy #3) by Meghan March 
Genre: Adult Fiction (Dark Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: December 19, 2017
Publisher: Self


What’s mine, I keep, and that includes Keira Kilgore.
It’s no longer enough to have her in my debt. No longer enough to own her body.
I want something more.
She can try to resist, but I’ll never give her up.
Nothing will keep us apart.
Not her. Not my enemies. No one.
Her debt will only be paid one way—with her heart.

Sinful Empire is the final book in the Mount Trilogy by Meghan March. PLEASE read these books in order. There was quite a bit of character growth through this trilogy for both characters. There was the most growth in this last book. I'm impressed by both of them. We also get even more of Lachlan's history. He gets some rude awakenings in this book... they both do actually. This whole trilogy was a fun little, guilty pleasure for me. I'm excited to get my hands on more by this author.


author
Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.. She loves hearing from her readers at: meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

To learn more about Meghan March and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, InstagramPinterest, and Twitter.

Buy this trilogy at: