Venator’s Ultimate Tour + Review

Magic Unleashed (Venators, #1)

Six years ago, Grey Malteer was attacked by creatures he thought couldn’t possibly exist. They repeated a word, calling him a name he’d never heard before…Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecy—hiding old pain alongside strange new abilities.

Rune Jenkins has an itch, as she calls it, but it’s more than that. It’s an anger that builds up like the inside of a boiler whenever she’s around anything remotely supernatural. The pressure is growing steadily worse and she can’t understand why. All she knows is—her control is slipping.

By order of an unknown council Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in the St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators.

Made up of centuries old fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi the council’s corrupt nature becomes obvious as they seek to wield the newly returned Venators as weapons. Wedged in an impossible position, Grey and Rune must decide their fate—do they go against the council’s wishes and help the innocents of this unforgiving land, or face the possibility of execution by the council.

Rune and Ryker are twins that go to the same college. Although Ryker is the oldest twin, he is definitely the least responsible. Rune is left trying to clean up after his messes, and is constantly dragging her brother back to his dorm after he passes out drinking at parties. Her life is miserable as she is basically a babysitter for her brother, and she never gets to enjoy her own college experience. But her parents won’t understand and continue to expect her to watch over her brother. She also has started to have strange reactions to seeing certain things, such as an unexplicable desire to kill someone who looked slightly like a vampire in a picture.

Grey is Ryker’s roommate, and his college experience is awful because Ryker seems to hate him for no particular reason. Ryker recently posted a video that is making Grey’s life a living hell, but he has to keep pushing through to get through school. Grey’s only escape is when he runs, but he knows that he runs faster than regular people. He is also feeling the same rage that Rune is feeling, but he doesn’t know if he can talk to her about it without her brother getting in the way. When the two are swept away through a portal, now they can finally deal with these strange happenings.

This book throws you into the lives of these characters full-force. I immediately connected with all the characters trying to make their way through college, but these characters had a bit more on their plates. I feel like I wasn’t sure exactly where the story was going at the start because the characters were reacting to all supernatural creatures, but then I understood that this was a mixed world.

Once the pair went through the portal, the story slowed down a bit and I felt disconnected from the characters somewhat. Then, a short while later, I got into the characters that lived in the new world, and everything came together again. If people are struggling with the very middle of the book, I would suggest that they keep pushing through as they will fall in love with the characters and their new teammates in the new world quickly!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new YA/NA fantasy book.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books


Different Time Blog Tour Spotlight

A Different Time

A Different Time

Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes—while forces work against them both, and time is running out.

Author Bio

Beginning as a sketch comedy writer for American television, Michael K. Hill progressed to become an internationally published writer of fiction and non-fiction. His short story anthology, Anansi and Beyond, published in 2017, and his debut novel, A Different Time, is available now. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, kids, and 7 rescued animals.

The Mageborn Chronicles #1: Sorcerous Rivalry Review

Sorcerous Rivalry (The Mage-Born Chronicles)

Rishi’s mother was the mistress of the King, and she was also a secret sorceress. Now, the King’s guard and mage hunters are hunting for all 7 of her children. They are all older than the actual crown prince from the King’s wife, and the King wants to make sure than his legitimate heir takes the throne. Rishi has managed to lay low for years, but now a mage hunter named Kestral has found him. When Kestral discovers Rishi’s magic, Rishi has to find his siblings to ask for help. But, nothing can ever go perfectly, and Reshi soon finds himself caught between a dangerous family and a dangerously alluring mage hunter.

I read this entire book in one day and immediately started the second book as soon as I received it! I absolutely loved Reshi the more I read this novel. He had an interesting and unique backstory, but this is hidden for the majority of the novel, so I won’t tell it here. I also was intrigued once he met his siblings. They didn’t grow up together, but they all have one thing in common. They are all so stubborn! It was bittersweet to see how alike they were, yet the years of separation made it so that they didn’t completely trust one another.

This was one of the most in-depth fantasy worlds that I have read in a long time. There were magical creatures of all sorts, power-ranked mages, royalty, history of the land, military of the kingdom, and commoners with their own individual stories. Within these categories there are many detailed story portions. For example, the mages are all different based on when they were born. The secondborn would have more powers than the fourthborn. This entire system is a nice touch that I haven’t seen in a while in fantasy literature!

Reshi and Kestral lie don’t fit into any one particular group, but they travel so much that they interact with all the different groups and learn the secrets of each. I loved all the characters that they met along their journey.

I don’t think that there was a single thing that I disliked about this book! The pacing was perfect and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole reading. The setting draws you in and won’t let you go. There were no grammar or formatting errors that drew me out of reading the story. And the action scenes are intense! You are definitely in for a treat when you start this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new fantasy series with a fantastic setting, excellent pacing, and LGBT+ characters.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books.

Comeback: A K-Pop Novel Review

Comeback: A K-pop Novel
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Comeback: A K-pop Novel is a book by Lyn and Rachel about a K-pop star and a stranger he met one night. Emery is a star, but his family never approved of his career. He almost quit his group NEON in their early days because of their first album’s failure, but he met a stranger one night whose love for music convinced him to not quit NEON. They felt an instant connection, and now he is a member of one of the most successful K-pop groups in the industry. When the girl shows up again as a staff person at one of his music shows, he knows that he has to speak to her and thank her. A scandal would ruin NEON as a whole, but Emery just can’t help but get to know her. On the other side, Alana used to love music. Then, her brother Alex died, and music reminded her of him. Then, she runs into M, the member she met that night. He seems to show up everywhere she is, but she can’t let herself get close to him.

I am a huge fan of many different K-pop groups, and my phone is full of bookmarked fanfiction about those groups. When I heard that this book about a fictional K-pop group was coming out, I knew I had to read it. Lyn and Rachel have managed to write an accurate portrayal of K-pop culture.  They show how hardworking K-pop groups and their staff are, the stigma against Korean music artists, and the fan culture. I could understand every part of this book and relate it to something that happened to one of my favorite groups in real life. It’s not all pretty, but it does show why some groups have such a strong connection with their fans and vice versa. It was also awesome to see how the members of NEON interacted with each other, I started feeling as if they were a real group rather than being fictional, the characters just jumped off the page.

This book discusses serious issues, like how having unsupportive parents can affect someone’s mental health. Emery didn’t have supportive parents and the only thing that kept him from a miserable life was Alana and her love for music. Her brother loved music, and then he was gone, and she was forcing herself to be miserable to have a “real” job as a makeup artist. Emery and Alana could help each other by just being there for one another. No one was there for them the way they needed, so they were there for each other. It was really a sweet friendship/romance, and I definitely would love a sequel with these characters!

This book flows smoothly from chapter to chapter. Even though there are POV switches, I could always tell who was talking. There were no giant time-skips that made me confused, even though the book does take place over the course of several months. Also, there were no grammar errors that I noticed in this ARC, which is impressive!

I loved this book, and I can’t wait to read more by these authors. I would recommend this novel to any YA contemporary romance fan or any K-pop fan who wants to read a novel about the secrets of a fictional group!

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books


Don’t Say Goodnight Review (Say Anything #1)

Don't Say Goodnight (Say Anything Book 1)
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Don’t Say Goodnight is the start of a short story series. Gabriel and Alicia Moore are struggling in their marriage, but only Alicia seems to be making an effort to fix things. She is going to marriage counseling meetings alone while Gabe stays out late at night. When she meets a new man that actually pays attention to her, she almost forgets to feel guilty for spending time with him. Little does she know; Gabriel is doing the same thing with a different woman across town at a bar.

Alicia and Gabriel seem to be very toxic for each other. One of them is willing to give up everything for a chance to save their marriage. The other is not even willing to do the bare minimum to keep the marriage together. I’m not sure if this incident where they both cheat on each other emotionally will make or break the marriage. It definitely didn’t help their situation.

This story was only around 60 pages long, and I don’t believe that I truly got attached to either character. I didn’t feel emotionally invested in them at all. When things started to get hectic, I wasn’t even worried about them. I think that if I had gotten the chance to know each character outside of fighting for their relationship, I would have gotten to like them as people first, and then moved to being invested in them individually. Since this is a novella series, maybe there could have been a novella before this explaining the characters a bit more. This would have been perfect!

Overall, I wouldn’t completely recommend this book, but I would suggest that if you are interested in this type of troubled romance novel that you should read it! It is very short, if you are looking for a quick afternoon read, this might do the trick.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars