Betrayals Book Review

  • Title: Betrayals (Cainsville Novel Book 4)
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Vintage House Canada; a division of Random House Canada
  • Publication Date: June 6 2017
  • Pages: 395
  • Edition: 2017 Paperback
  • Special Features: Sneak peak at the fifth and final installment of the Cainsville Series, Rituals.
  • Prices: $19.95 ($13.50 usd)
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-81521-7

Olivia, Gabriel and Ricky are beginning to farther embrace their fae counterparts; Matilda, Gwynn, Arawn. As they are becoming more and more like their former selves, feelings of the past are starting to Preston themselves in the current time frame. For all characters. But while some may have (finally!) acted on their actions, others hold great restrain and discipline. As they should, as not all feelings are full of light and love.

The new fae to take centre fold: Lamiae. A snake-like fae that takes the illusion of young women and thrive on the warmth of others. But soon, the Lamie find themselves hunted. The Lamiae were fun, and interesting, however they were overshadow, for me, by Ricky’s growth with the Cwn Annwn. I wanted to know more about this mystery hound, and the connection that it shared with Ricky.

Olivia seems to be embracing her new life with more stride, while Gabriel and Ricky are still trying to come to terms. Gabriel struggles to be the man that the Twyleth Teg envision him to be. While Ricky is embarking on a path he despritely trying to avoid, but somehow keeps getting pulled into.

Ricky definitely became more interesting in this installment. But no matter how interesting he became, he’s no match for the flame that is burning (and only getting hotter) between Olivia and Gabriel. Olivia and Gabriel’s relationship is moving in a direction that will soon see the end of Ricky. But will Ricky be able to maintain his friendship with Olivia, even if she chooses Gabriel over him? If we’re placing bets or predictions, my bet is no. Ricky knows that he will not be able to withstand a nonromantic relationship with Olivia, and some major show down between the fae clans will end up with Ricky sacrificing himself for her. Which Olivia will be heartbroken over, but she’ll have Gabriel there to comfort her, so all will be fine.

The case between and Paula and Todd is still open, but we see very little of them in Betrayals. It was a little disappointing, because I wanted to see more of Olivia and Todd’s  relationship as daughter and father grow.

My overall rating: 4/5 stars. Why a 4 and not a 5? I feel like Olivia and Gabriel’s relationship, or lack of one is still such a big tease. A will they, or won’t they situation. Olivia and Ricky’s relationship has barely any development until the end, and even then it still ended the same as the last book. I feel like a harder blow should have hit the three of them. Not even to cause a rift, because there is one, it just very small. But one large enough that you really felt the impact. With Rituals being the last book in the Cainsville series, without a doubt a huge hit will strike the trio, all I’m hoping is that I don’t have to wait until three quarters of the way through to see it.

Would I recommend: Yes. A mystery thriller mixed with fae mythology, and murder. Betrayals will keep you on your toes and wanting to flip to the next page because you’ll be desprite for more.
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A Stranger In The House book review

  • Author: Shari Lapena
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada
  • Publication Date:  August 15, 2017
  • Edition: 2017 trade paperback
  • Special Features: none
  • Pages: 305
  • Price: $24.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-68697-6

I picked up A Stranger In The House on a whim, but Chapter’s Boxing Day sale was a heavy influencer in this purchase. But it was one of those purchases that I don’t regret. And I’ve definitely had one (or many) of those. A Stranger In The House is a msytery thriller, about a suburban house wife, Karen, that gets into a horrible car accident and loses her memory of that night. Things become more complicated then just trying to figure out why Karen was speeding that night, but now a dead body has turned up near the seen of the crime.
A Stranger in the House is very similar to those of The Girl on the Train and The Good Girl. Both novels I would highly recommend picking up. I will have links to them down below. Throughout the next few weeks, Karen and her husband are pulled through a chaotic whirlwind of chaos, misery, confusion and anger. And what doesn’t help matters is a nosey neighbour who can’t seem to stay away from the couples home. But a question you will ask yourself throughout the novel is just how much do you really know someone? Be it your spouse, your neighbour, your boss or even a friend. You’ll never know until the unthinkable happens. This is where Karen know find herself. Stuck in limbo not knowing whether she can trust her husband, her friend or even her own mind.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars 

Would I recommend: yes I would. If you like a good mystery where you like to try to solve the crime as you go this is the book for you.
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Don’t You Cry Review

  • Author: Mary Kubica
  • Publisher: MIRA books
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2016
  • Edition: 2016 paperback
  • Special Features: Sneak peek into, Every Last Lie.
  • Pages: 341
  • Price: $18.99 CAD ($15.99 USD)
  • ISBN: 978-0-7783-3051-6

After reading two of her previous books, I thought for sure I had this mystery done, and figured out. I know Mary Kubica likes to throw in twists and turns, and I thought for sure I cracked the case. Boy was I wrong. Near the end I pieced it together but by that point it was obvious, and it was later confirmed in the next chapter, but still.

All assumptions I conjured up were way off! Don’t You Cry was exciting, thrilling and fun to try and piece together. Even if I was wrong on multiple accounts. Mary Kubica is definitely an author to watch. At this rate she as wiggled her way into my top five favorite authors. I never thought I’d read a book, let alone three by the same author that would leave me stunned and bewildered like Kubica has managed to do with first, The Good Girl, then Pretty Baby, and now Don’t You Cry. She will have you second guessing everything, and once you think you have it solved, you’re changing your mind again. This psychological thriller will have your mind spinning.
I never wanted to put this done, and to just keep going. However things like work got in the way, and restricted me from reading for hours out of my day.
I’m excited to read Kubica’s next book Every Last Lie, because I’m sure it will be just has thrilling has Don’t You Cry, as well has The Good Girl (still can’t get over that one!)
My overall rating: 5/5 star. Could not put it down, and neither will you when you read this.

Would I recommend: Hell yes!
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Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows Novel, Book 2) Review

  • Author: Jill Monroe
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication Date: September 20, 2011
  • Edition: 2011 Paperback
  • Special Features: “Christmas In Cold Creek” sneak peek
  • Pages: 282
  • Price: $6.50 CAD ($5.50USD)
  • ISBN: 978-0-373-61868-2

Beast, meet princess. Princess, meet beast. Yes, this is the adult version of Disney’s, Beauty and the Beast. Brenda is the lost princess of Elden, and has been cast away by her parents for her own safety, in hopes that she and her brothers will one day return and reclaim their kingdom. Lost in an unknown places, Breena stumbles across a cottage and 3 bears  berserkers.

Osborn has sworn vengeance against all of Elden, but more particular the King, Queen and their children for the brutal slaying of his people. As the only berserkers left, Osborn has built a sheltered life for himself and his two brothers. But when they return home to find a distressed princess passed out in their home, little do they know their world is about to change.

A quick, easy, romance novel. Osborn is an aggressive brute, who doesn’t like change and wants what he wants, and will take it whenever he pleases. Breena is a, surprisingly down to earth, low maintenance princess, who demands very little. Except for the help for avenging her family.

Neither characters were overly interesting, or intriguing. It was just a lot of back an forth, “Don’t be alone with me”, ‘wait, let me touch your face’, ‘hold on, let me soothe you to sleep’, “I thought I told you to not be left alone with me”. Come to think of it, there really wasn’t much of a plot to this story. At least in the first book, Lord of the Vampires, Nicolai and Jane had to escape their captures. All Breena and Osborn had to accomplish was seeing you can repeat themselves the most, and breaking their own rules.
Overall rating: 5/5.

Would I recommend: I suppose. There’s was nothing wrong with Lord of Rage. If you’re looking for complexity, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for romance, and no serious conversation or plot? Then yes you’ll love this book. It’s quick and easy to read. And if you’re looking to fill in time between reads, or tryin to catch up on your Goodreads challenge, then this book will be perfect.
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Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows Novel) Review

  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2011
  • Edition: Mass Market Paperback 2011
  • Special Features: Rancher Under Cover (Kelley Legacy miniseries) expert by Carla Cassidy.
  • Pages: 281
  • Price: $6.50 (CAD) $5.50 (US)
  • ISBN: 978-0-373-61866-8

After Showalter’s recent Lord of the Underworld books, Lord of the Vampires was a reminder of how much better LOTU used to be. Not that their not any good any more, but they used to be better. Lord of the Vampires was a fun little read, only 280 pages so it was quick.

If you like realistic type relationship, that move at a relatable speed, then you might not enjoy this book. Nicolas and Jane fall in love very quick, in a span of…a few days. But let’s be honest, if your coming for the romance, and supernatural element, you’re not too concerned about appropriate romance building.

Nicolai a prince was thought dead is back from the grave, and recruits the help of Jane who has suffered tremendous loss. Until one day she ends up in a realm of creatures she has been hired to study and falls (hard) for the prince. The kicker? The duo have met before, and yet have no recollection of their previous meetings. Together the escape their captures, and begin to make their way back to the lost kingdom of Elden to reclaim the throne. Along the way, both experience passion, and undyin love for one another (yup, that quickly).

One can hope that LOTU can find it’s way back to where it started, just like Lord of the Vampires reminded me.

My overall rating: 5/5 stars

Would I recommend: Yes, if you love Lords of the Underworld from it’s eariler days, then you’ll love Lord of the Vampires.
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A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles Novel) Review

  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2016
  • Edition: 2016 Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Special Features: Notes from Ali/Cole, Frosty/Milla, and Kat
  • Price: $11.99
  • ISBN: 978-0373-21213-2

So…Note to self, always read the back summary before starting the book. I though since the three previous books were narrated by Ali, so would A Mad Zombie Party. No. A Mad Zombie Party bounces back and forth between Frosty and Milla, and my god were they annoying. Prior to A Mad Zombie Party I enjoyed the glimpses we got into Frosty’s life, but having him and Milla narrate a book together. Nope. I found reading their story difficult.

What threw me off from the start was how quickly Frosty, and the gang forgave and accepted Milla after what she had done. The main problem: Frosty and Ali. Due to Milla’s mistake, she played a part in Kat’s death. For three books we’ve seen the close friendship, boarding on sisterhood form between Ali and Kat, as well as Frosty’s relationship with Kat. It was as if the progress between these characters meant nothing, and Kat was just a weak obstacle in everyone’s way.

A Mad Zombie Party was a story that should have been condensed into a short novella. The Frosty/Milla story just wouldn’t end, and I desperately needed it to. If anything, have Ali and Cole come back to lead the story. Or any else really. What I would have liked to see though was more Reeve and Bronx. They were pushed off to the side, and only had a few lines combined. Bronx was just a silent bodyguard, while Reeve acquired some crazy doctor skills since her father’s death. Something Milla also had a hand in, so it was surprising to not see Reeve’s reaction to having Milla in her home.

A Mad Zombie Party just fell really flat for me, I feel it should have ended a lot sooner then it did. Perhaps this should have been more of a novella then a full length novel. The end notes were a nice touch though. Having insight to where each character and their partners ended up  was a nice way to end the series. But again Milla and Frosty were actually hit least interesting. Ali and Cole had the best ending, it’s just too bad they didn’t get to give the series the better send off then Milla and Frosty did.

Overall rating: 2/5 stars.

Would I recommended: No, unless you’ve already started this series and want to finish it for the sake of completing it. Just lower your expectations.
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Firstlife (Everlife Novel) Review

  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication Date: Febuary 13, 2016
  • Edition: 2016 Hardcover
  • Pages: 480
  • Special Features: 
  • Prices: $20.99 CAD 
  • ISBN: 978-0373-21157-9

I found this enjoyable, to a degree. It’s your typical teen novel; girl has a dilemma, recieves help from two handsome, yet rival boys, manages to accomplish the impossible, and must choose between good or evil, sweet boy or mystery bad boy. The answer to the last is fairly obvious. But in this book, I really didn’t see much of a love triangle. From the very beginning it was clear who Ten’s choice would be.

While the action did seem nonstop, the action sequences were incredible hard to believe, especially with Ten. The amount of death/near death experiences, there is no way anyone could have survived. And during these moments, it would take me out of the story to question the logic.

The idea of the novel was intriguing, and interesting, and I will definitely continue with this series to see where the characters end up. Though with books like this it’s easy to predict the characters direction before they make it themselves. If the person exhibits angelic, selfless intentions, then the chances of them choosing the good team are highly plausible. If they travel along a dark both, perhaps thrive in greed, the evil would be too tempting.

Firstlife is a fun, quick read, for someone younger, who’s more compelled to be tossed into a love triangle (that isn’t really a triangle), and a tough teenage girl who can do no wrong, and can do anything/everything.

My overall rating: 3/5.

Recommend: To a younger audience. The only reason I chose to read Firstlife was because I throughly enjoy Gena Showalter’s other books and decided to give it a shot.
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City of the Lost (Rockton novel) Review

  • Author: Kelley Armstrong 
  • Publisher: Random House Canada
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2016
  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Special Features: None
  • Pages: 480
  • Price: $29.95 CAD 
  • ISBN: 978-034581-561-3

Reminded me so much of Women of the Otherworld, and yet at the same time it was so different. If you’re coming off of WotoW series, City of the Lost will feel both like home, something new, and something mysterious.

As Casey and Dalton search for the killer among them, I grew suspicious of who the killer might be, a little more then half way through and I think it’s because I didn’t want to believe it was them. The arches/twists of a few characters were shocking, and unexpected. Something I really appreciate in a book. I hate when I can guess the turn out before even reaching the half way point. 
A definite must read, I could not put it down (expect when responsibilities got in the way, like work).

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Lost Souls (Cainsville Novel) Review

  • Author: Kelley Armstrong 
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2017
  • Edition: limited edition
  • Special Features: signed by the author and illustrator, and 6 illustrations.
  • Pages: 190
  • Price: $48 ($61.2CAD) Limited edition, $24 ($30.64CAD) Trade edition
  • ISBN: 978-159606-821-6

Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? A lonely ghost dressed in white walking along the highway, stopping anyone who passes by. Feeling lost with no where to go, she elevates that loss onto others. Who then have only 48 hours to right their wrongs, and get back on course. 

Gabriel and Olivia are still on the outs, and it”s awkward. For them. As a reader it’s enjoyable, and almost frustrating because you know these two want to not only reconcile, but you know by the end of the series the likely hood of these two ending up together is almost foreseeable. But the wait is excruciating! (Yes the final book is out, but I’m taking my sweet ol’ time, and have yet to read Betrayals 🙃)

You also get to dive more into the fae world, and see Gabriel and Liv start to accept more and more of their own roles among the fae.

Lost Souls is Armstrong’s annual novel she releases with Subterranean Press, and takes place between Deception and Betrayals, but can be read on it’s own without giving away anything from the previous books….scratch that yes it does, about a certain someone’s parentage.
Lost Souls link to Subpress order. Both limited and trade editions are still available

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The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld Novel) Review

  • Title: The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld Novel #12)
  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2016
  • Edition: 2016 Massmarket Paperback
  • Special Features: Insider’s Guide, “The Darkest Day” short story, Who’s Dating Whom, Q&A, fun extras!
  • Pages: 507
  • Price: $9.99 CAN ($7.99US)
  • ISBN: 978-0-373-80373-6

Another Lords of the Undeworld has come and gone way too quickly, but it was better than the last. I found this female character way more tolerable than the last, and no, it’s not just because we have the same name. Katarina couldn’t do everything, and it made her a much more believable character. She never pranced around acting or talking tough, but instead showed a different kind of strength without over doing it to a point where it became unrelatable. However she (and you can say this about really all of them) fell for her captor rather quickly, especially after the masacre she witnessed, and left behind. But eh, it’s a romance novel. But I think it would be nice if maybe in one of these books the heroine wouldn’t fall for such (horrific, temperamental, possessive, inappropriate) questionable behaviour so quickly. There was a point near the end of the book, where I found the evolution of the Katarina a little…too quick, especially since she was going up against Hades.

Baden was a beastly brute, who had an interesting path to follow. However for someone who can’t stand the touch of people, and who isn’t an overall people person, he sure did over come his quirk rather quickly when Katarina came along. I did love the connection Baden and Pandora had to Hades, and that we got to see more of his character. And while we got to see more Hades, we got to see more William and Gillian. And wooo, that was fantastic! I really hope we get his book next after Cameo because the wait is becoming unbearable, especially with the dramatic turn of events between the two. Fingers crossed we get to see them again in The Darkest Promise.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars. An improvement over the last.

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