Long Night Moon (Seasons of the Moon #3) by S.M. Reine – Bout-of-Books 9.0 Review

LongNightMoonSomething is killing innocent people around Rylie Gresham’s town. The police think it’s a wild animal, but she has other suspicions. There are new kids at school, and they have a lot in common with her: gold eyes, super strength, and a habit of turning furry. It seems Rylie’s not the only werewolf around anymore.

It’s up to Rylie and her werewolf-hunting boyfriend, Seth, to stop the killings. But saving lives doesn’t come naturally to a monster, and territory battles could risk the life of her sickly aunt–not to mention her own. Rylie has no choice but to stand her ground, protect her home, and stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt.

Yes readers, I’m finally playing catch up. I’ve been doing my reading a little backwards when it comes to this series, but I’m fixing it now. About time, don’t you think? I read Six Moon Summer and All Hallows Moon 2 years ago. I didn’t stop reading the series because I didn’t like it. I just got side tracked…. and then I forgot… and then, well, you know what happens. Anyway, I got re-introduced to S.M. Reine’s books when I discovered her Ascension series. Since it combines both the characters from Six Moon Summer and her Descent series I decided to get a taste of the Descent series with Death’s Avatar. You know, just to make sure I was familiar with the characters… 😉 Let’s just say, I have a lot of reading to do and I. Can’t. Stop!

I thought that I might be a little lost or forget some aspects of the first two books in the series, but picking up Long Night Moon was like stepping into familiar territory. Oh, I’ll definitely go back and read this series from the beginning at some point, but I wasn’t lost at all. Even after not picking it up for 2 years. It might have something to do with being re-introduced to Seth, Rylie and Abel in the Ascension series, but I think it’s more because these characters made such an impression on me in the first place. Reading this book made me realize why I fell in love with not only this series, but S.M. Reine’s writing in the first place.

This is not your average young adult werewolf tale. There’s nothing soft, fluffy or romantic about Reine’s werewolves. They’re powerful, lethal, dangerous and broken. Nothing is held back and no one is spared any pain or heart break. The story makes you sit up and take notice and not assume anything … ever. By the end of this book I felt sorry for every single character. There were no ‘good’ guys or ‘bad’ guys – at least not how they are normally portrayed. There were shocking revelations and heart breaking decisions that lay the ground work for everything that is to come. No, not your average young adult werewolf tale at all.

Long Night Moon wasn’t an easy book to read, but it wasn’t meant to be. I know what’s coming because the characters are also in the Ascension series, but it didn’t take away from the power of this book. There’s a lot more to come and I can’t wait to continue the journey.

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Burned (Donovan Circus #2) by Liz Long – Bout-of-Books 9.0 Review

Burned“Tell Sheffield that Medved is hunting him…the Bear is coming.

Nearly a month after Lucy Sullivan saved the Donovan Circus from certain death, she discovers that Dr. Felix Hardy wasn’t the only bad guy around. When Lucy is attacked on home ground, Sheffield Donovan reveals that there are bigger foes in their world, gifted that use their powers to kill others – including her own family, as she learns from her ringmaster mentor. Medved, a Russian thug and powerful Shapeshifter, is intent on outing the gifted world and will stop at nothing to succeed.

In order to survive, Lucy and her friends must travel to another show, the Grayson Circus, for help. The uneasy alliance with owner Albert Grayson comes with potential new friends and dark secrets about their competition, including a troublemaker named Mel and an old flame of Lucy’s father. Lucy must also contend with her feelings about Keegan and Gabriel, as well as learn how to contain her rampant emotions or risk setting the entire place ablaze.

Will Lucy be able to save the Donovan Circus again? Or will Medved and his men slaughter everyone in their path on the way to gifted domination?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I considered giving myself some recovery time before I started this review. Then I thought maybe I should write it while all the emotion from reading it was still fresh. Just a warning… there’s LOTS of emotion in this book. LOTS!

I’ve learned since starting this series that Liz Long is not an author who holds back. She’s not afraid to leave you gaping, wide mouthed with absolute WTF moments or reduce you to tears – more than once. Unexpected tears, I might add. Tears that are caused by the feelings and statements of characters that you never expected to cause them. Yes, she’s that kind of author. The kind that will make you fall in love with or become totally enamored with a character and then …. well… you get the picture. (There are still things that happened in this book that I CAN’T believe actually happened.)

I suppose you’ve guessed that I’ve fallen in love with Lucy and the rest of the self proclaimed ‘freaks’ that make up the Donovan Circus. They’re hard not to love. Which makes anyone who threatens them hard not to hate. Burned introduces even more characters with new talents – both good and bad. More secrets are revealed and the closer this group gets the deeper they get into the thick of the Gifted world. Yeah, Liz Long definitely has me hooked. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the Donovan Circus next… (this may require some stalking 😉 )

Oh, and one more thing… I don’t pick ‘teams.’ Love triangle or not, the characters end up with whoever they end up with and I’m fine with that…. honest. *crosses fingers behind back*

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Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace – Bout-of-Books 9.0 Review

WickedThingCarmyn Rafferty witnessed the aftermath of her mother’s affair. She learned at a young age not to trust anyone. Especially not your spouse. So she’s planned. She’s planned every detail of her life: who her husband will be, what their careers will be, what their lives will be like. All to avoid the pain of infidelity. 

Dallas Brown lives according to his own terms. He doesn’t do relationships, he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him, and he doesn’t live up to anyone’s expectations. 

When Carmyn’s fiancé cheats on her, it sends her into a whirlwind of one-night stands with the most infamous player on campus. She can’t seem to stay away from this tough guy and his dangerous motorcycle. Everything about him is the complete opposite of who she’d planned to fall in love with: tattoos, dark stubble along his jawline, and hair that brushes his shoulders. 

As Dallas and Carmyn begin to fall deeper and deeper into each other, they learn that love can truly be a wicked, wicked thing.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This one kind of grew on me… kind of. What was my hang up? The characters. Well, not exactly characters – mainly a character… Carmyn. I just couldn’t connect with her in the beginning. Dallas, however, I loved. *sigh*

Like I said, the book grew on me, so eventually Carmyn did too. I guess because readers get more of Dallas’ history from the very beginning he’s easier to connect to. Not that I didn’t get frustrated with Dallas too. I just felt like he was more ‘real’ for a lack of a better way to explain it. Both characters’ stories were heart breaking and they handled similar situations in totally different ways.

The book is told in both characters’ POV and it was in first person. I don’t usually notice what tense a book is written in… weird, I know. For some reason this one stuck out for me. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just worth mentioning.

All in all, Wicked Thing was a nice diversion from what I have been reading lately. I don’t pick up a lot of New Adult or Young Adult Contemporary Romances – mostly because I lose patience with the characters. Dallas and Carmyn ended up not only growing on me, but growing up themselves during the course of the book. The supporting cast was interesting too and one character in particular I’d like to get to know better. Angeline Kace mentioned at the end of Wicked Thing that she intends to give him his own story. That should prove to be interesting 😉

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