A Girl Named Calamity, by Danielle Lori

A Girl Named Calamity (Alyria #1)


I was a simple farm girl living in the magical land, Alyria, where men ruled and women only existed.

Call me sheltered. Call me naive. I was probably both. I never expected to be the key to Alyria’s destruction.

The journey I was on wasn’t only one to save me. But one where I had a lot of learning to do. With men. With magic. And with myself.

But I wasn’t alone. I had an escort. One I wasn’t so sure about. But one I couldn’t afford to lose and one I wasn’t so sure I could even leave.

I had many hopes. But the most important one was that my name wouldn’t become my fate.

WARNING: This novel contains blood, violence, profanity, and some sexual content.
It does end on a cliffhanger.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

I enjoyed this story on so many levels.  The fantasy, the magic, the non-romance romance.  Good Lord, the romance.  Aware that knowing the attraction is deadly and yet the sexual tension and lust and overall yearning was my undoing.  I got so engrossed in the story I released a verbal grunt of frustration when I realized I was at the end.  (And I usually dislike cliffhangers as “endings” but there is so much more that needs to be discovered in this story that I was oddly at peace with the ending. – After the exclamatory groan that is.  I fear my reaction had much to do with being so harshly thrown back into reality as the world I left behind was so entertaining.)  I am excited to read more about the journey and prophecy and the “what happens next” when I dive back into this world with the next in the collection.  Because there is no doubt I plan to read the rest of this series.

My rating:  Midleton


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30249010-a-girl-named-calamity

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FaeTAL, by Becca Moree

FaeTAL (FaeTAL Series, #2)


The Carnival of Darkness isn’t your average amusement show. It’s a sick and twisted world where men are predators and women are the prey.

Abi, one of these women, has one goal. One all-consuming need. All that she wants is to escape from the life that she is being forced to lead. She isn’t looking for love or even lust, she just wants her life back. No matter how lacking that life had been.

Christopher is the King of the Fae, whether he likes it or not. When he runs into Abi while out on patrol his natural instinct is to protect her from any and all harm, even though women haven’t been on his radar for centuries. He simply wants to be free from his burden and this promise to lead his people.

When the two come together in an unexpected and explosive night both of their lives will change forever…but will either get the freedom they are searching for?


My review:

I had to read this twice before reviewing.  I wanted to be sure I had not missed a single, perverted, macabre, freaky, moment of the nightmare inside the Carnival.  (Additionally, I got to read a fabulous supernatural story twice in one week.  Yay me!!)  This tale picks up immediate where the “Carnival of Darkness” novella finishes, so although you should read it to fully embrace the happenings, it is not a requirement to fully enjoy the horrors on the pages.  This is a seriously dark and haunting depiction of an otherworldly fascination to condescend humans.  I’m hooked on this series!

My rating:  Midleton


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32065948-faetal

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Keeping Time, by Wendy Sparrow

Keeping Time (Servants of Fate Book 3)


When Ruin’s mortal sacrifice to the Fates on New Year’s Eve is already dying, it should be the easiest life he has to take, but not this year. The dying man knows Ruin is there to kill him, but he asks Father Time’s son to look after his twin sister. Ruin can’t stay away from the sweet and sensual Phoebe. His previous interactions with women changed the definition of his name, Ruin, so he can’t fall for her, especially when the lovely mortal doesn’t know he killed her brother.

Phoebe’s brother promised to send her a guardian angel, but Ruin seems too devilish to be holy. He only wants to be friends and keep watch over her, but she can’t resist him. Loving Ruin is a sin tempting her heart. How wrong is it to cause an angel’s fall? Ruin and Phoebe’s time is running out as another New Year’s Eve sacrifice approaches, and Ruin might lose everything for keeping his true hand in fate secret.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reader copy. **

This was a wholesome read.  (Another installment in the series that is able to be read as a stand-alone.)  Characters that were mentioned in “Taking Time” are highlighted here in their own tale.  I embraced this storyline with open arms as it was so artfully realistic – outside the immortal and magic elements.  A pleasant and endearing escape.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32298215-keeping-time

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Taking Time, by Wendy Sparrow

Taking Time (Servants of Fate Book 2)


Tempus fugit. Time flies…unless you’re Tempus Halt, Father Time’s son. Day in and day out are the same, except for New Year’s Eve when he steals the life of a mortal on behalf of the Fates. This year marks his first failure to stay the monotonous course. A mortal’s kiss and her insistence on taking the place of his year’s sacrifice stalled out everything. Now, Tempus has to keep her alive for a year so his sacrifice isn’t wasted, but that’s the only reason—definitely.

One of these crazy grim reapers stole Lacey Carpenter’s estranged father’s life two years ago. She’ll give her own life rather than letting it happen again. It backfires when Tempus doesn’t actually kill her, and they have to spend the year together. She’s falling for an immortal who stops time, not just to save her life, but also to ruin her dates and steal her books. This can never work and fate is just not on her side—in fact, they’d really like her dead before Tempus falls for her in return.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reader copy. **

I REALLY liked this installment.  (This is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone.)  Where the prior release was sweet and heartwarming, I found this to be a more tender and yet tormented, emotional, and tumultuous heart-wrenching of a telling.  And I loved every moment of it.

My rating:  Midleton


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32298213-taking-time

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Stealing Time, by Wendy Sparrow

Stealing Time (Servants of Fate Book 1)


Father Time’s son, Zeit Geist, must sacrifice a mortal’s lifetime to the Fates each New Year’s Eve. Last year—inexplicably, really—he made an 11:59 substitution. The Fates are pissed and they’re after his mortal Hannah. With the year ending, he ought to figure out why he’d saved her—and why he keeps doing it.

Following an unlucky year, Hannah Lyons needs a week’s holiday in a lodge to unwind. What she gets is near-death experiences and a sexy immortal who can’t avoid kissing her, but might have to kill her. After all, even Zeit can’t hold back time indefinitely.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reader copy. **

This was cute, heartwarming, and sweet novella.  An engaging plot premise set in the society of today.  A very clean and easy read.  I enjoyed the journey and fell under its spell and grinned through most of my reading.

My rating:  Redbreast


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32298216-stealing-time

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