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Mini Review Round Up: Kindle Unlimited Books

Welcome back to another mini review round up! I’m currently sitting at 44 books that need reviews, so you will be seeing a few of these posts come up. 
For now, here are 5 reviews for books I read thanks to Kindle Unlimited. 

Reviews below for: 

  • Charming by Jane Washington
  • Gypsy’s Blood by Kristy Cunning
  • Gladitor’s Downfall by Kristen Banet
  • The Vampire Wants a Wife by Andie M. Long
  • Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Charming (Bastan Hollow Saga, #1)Charming by Jane Washington

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Lilou Adler is a student at the Bastan College for Applied Physics: a magic school focussed on training adult witches and warlocks to become Enforcers. As an Enforcer-in-training, she is one of the many tasked with keeping each generation of fairy tale creatures on track with their fates.
There are just a few problems:
1. Being tasked with the “Cinderella” tale as her first assignment.
2. Prince Charming is too busy chasing fairy “tail” to settle down & Cinderella has sticky fingers and boundary issues.
3. A certain someone is hell-bent on taking her out of commission, but not even the High Warlock of Bastan can stop this witch when she gets started.

Arlo Demarcus is the High Warlock of Bastan and it’s his job to investigate magical crimes and to enforce magical law. It’s also his job to protect the next target in a string of magical murders: Lilou Adler.
There are just a few problems:
1. Lilou being tasked with the all-important “Cinderella” tale as her first assignment had to be a joke.
2. A certain someone is hell-bent on making his job a living hell, but there’s no way a twenty-something Enforcer-in-training is going to stop this warlock when he gets started.

Review:
DNF @ 68%

I went into this one with a lot of excitement since I have read and enjoyed other books by Jane Washington. While it started off interesting, I just wanted more background from the book and never really understood the magic or how exactly the fairy tales would affect the human world. I can take some crazy and confusion if the book is a fun crazy though…

The romance isn’t there like at all? I was so shocked that I felt absolutely no chemistry between the two main characters and surprised that they barely interact. He also does a ton of questionable things, like next level Edward Cullen.

I was willing to push through, because I wanted to know how it would end. I couldn’t when rape was being used as a joke– joke for the author, not the characters. This is another place where not understanding how the fairy tales have to be done comes into play, but more importantly considering and getting people onboard to rape someone, even if they are a guy, is not okay. LIKE SO NOT OKAY. It was actually disgusting to read about. I tried going farther hoping someone would be horrified, but no. I had to stop.

10/10 do not recommend, unfortunately 😦

Rating: ⭐


Gypsy's Blood (All The Pretty Monsters, #1)Gypsy’s Blood by Kristy Cunning

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
I’m not all that special, really. Or uncommon. I’m sure there are a lot of girls with old gypsy blood who see the dead, have killer cults hunting their family, and turn into something that gets scary when they panic. Yep. Completely unoriginal, if I do say so myself.
Move along. Nothing to see here. Nope. I’m just an ordinary girl.

I wish people would believe that.

It took my mother’s death for me to finally start getting answers about what’s really been going on. Unfortunately, most of the answers come from men…who aren’t just men. Somehow, I’ve gone and landed myself in a world truly filled with monsters, and I’m starting to think this is where I should have been all along. Only…I don’t understand what’s going on. I’m walking into the middle of a story that’s thousands of years old, and I’m the new girl on the block who doesn’t have a clue how this world even works. My only guides happen to be the most lethal of the bunch.

They decide who lives or dies. They decide who gets stabbed or tortured.
Yeah… I’ve gone and drawn attention to myself, and the ones paying attention are the ones everyone else seems to fear.

How do these things always happen to me?

Review: 
This is my second series by this author and I was so into it. I absolutely love it. There are some serious cliffhangers here and information is withheld from the heroine (UGH), but for the most part I really like the characters and where the story is heading.
It is crazy, fun, and I gotta know what is going to happen next!

📌So, by now I’ve actually read book 2 & 3 of this series and have to say I’m still really loving it. I do wish the heroine had more opportunities to be badass, sometimes the lead up to the sex scenes can be awkward, and of course the plot is getting a bit convoluted…. but seriously, really loving this. Darn those cliffhangers!!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


The Gladiator's Downfall (Age of the Andinna, #1)Gladiator’s Downfall by Kristen Banet

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Mave knows where she stands in life. 

She’s an Andinna. A member of the winged, horned, and tailed warrior race that the Elvasi Empire defeated in the Hundred Year War and then enslaved. She’s a slave, and has been one for a thousand years, the personal property of the Empress of the Elvasi Empire, since the end of the War. She’s a gladiator, thrown onto the sands of the Colosseum to die, though it backfired on those who wanted her dead. She’s the Champion of the Colosseum, and has been for roughly nine hundred years.
All of these things have marked her as an outcast among her own people. Hated, distrusted, and despised, she knows the name of her people, but not much else. But she knows where she stands. Keeping her head down and her blades sharp has carried her this far, and she refuses to acknowledge the deepest wishes she holds in her heart. Those will only get her killed.

Alone, she’s stood against everything they have ever thrown at her, refusing to give them what they want.

What Mave doesn’t know is that it’s all about to change. 

Review:
I went into this one not exactly sure what to expect. Honestly, I was surprised — in a good way– and was totally hooked on this book.

Most of it takes place in the gladiator keep where Mave is a slave and the Champion. She’s a slave and the only female, so obviously things aren’t going to be easy for her. There are many rape and abuse mentions, including attempted rape. There was one point where I thought I was going to have to stop reading — I was so involved with the characters and having them hurt or killed would be gutting. I was able to convince myself to continue on and I’m so glad I did.

Seriously, this is a great start to a series that promises adventure, action, a badass female, slow burn romances (it is a reverse harem where not all the harem is known at the beginning), and a plot that promises to be interesting. I’m looking forward to the next book!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


The Vampire wants a Wife (Supernatural Dating Agency, #1) The Vampire Wants a Wife
by Andie M. Long

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Shelley Linley is sick of sickos. Yet another prankster has applied to her dating agency. This one says he’s a vampire and he wants Shelley to help him find a wife.

Meeting him for a second interview against all her better judgement, Shelley discovers that he has no clue about women. A shame because he’s super-hot, amusing, and has a lot of single friends he could recommend her struggling business to, even if he does say they’re werewolves and demons. She has to help him, even if he’s crazy.

If she can ignore his delusions, she’s sure she can help him meet someone. But when death threats start arriving on her doorstep, Shelley’s not sure she’s cut out for the job… then her dating algorithm states she’s his ideal partner. Now she’s not sure if she should take the risk for love, or run like hell. 

Review:
I found this one to be a bit boring for my tastes and thought the pacing was weird in places. I would have preferred more build up of the romance and have no idea why she ended up liking the guy.

Really interesting concept and I feel like there is a lot of potential here. Unfortunately, it really didn’t work for me. 

Rating: ⭐⭐


Making Faces Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast where we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Review:
If you are going to read this one make sure you have tissues close by.

Thankfully, I was warned that this is an emotional ride, so I was prepared. Wow… there is some difficult content here. These kids are in high school during 9/11 so we get to see that go down from their perspective and see how it changes their lives and how the decisions they make afterwards affect them even more.
We see high school love and love based on more than physical attraction. There is healthy and unhealthy relationships, hardships from all different angles, and healing.

While there is a romance here, I wouldn’t call this book a romance! It is more of a contemporary read and will rip your heart out. Definitely worth the read.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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