Netgalley Review + Novella: Chili Cauldron Curse

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Hello friends,

Chili Cauldron Curse by Lynn Cahoon is a delightful novella of witchiness, cozy murder mystery, and cooking all wrapped up in one. I don’t believe that I’ve read anything by this author before, but a short mystery from Kensington Publishers sounded like just the thing to read.

The story takes place with a chili cook off. Mia, our main character, runs the event in terms of cleaning up a food bank for her grandmother, whose a practicing Wiccan. Magic runs in the family, however Mia’s not near as powerful as her grams, though she tries. When she volunteers to assist in running the food bank to help feed the poor, with the chili cook off upcoming as an event, she doesn’t bargain on finding a dead body right before the event’s set to take place…the body belonging to Dorian Alexander, who happens to be her grandmother’s boyfriend.

Threats abound, magic occurs, and cats get inhabited by ghosts in this delightful cozy mystery. This was a fun paranormal mystery, with a spark of potential romance sideplot that was interesting to me as well. With a recipe in back for chili that I’m intrigued in trying one day during the winter holidays, I highly recommend this novella for those in the mood for a fun, light hearted read. I’m pleased to give this five stars, and I’m definitely going to keep reading more from this author in the future.

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Murder Feels Crazy

Murder Feels Crazy

Title: Murder Feels Crazy
Author: Bill Alive
Series: Book 3
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
Publisher:
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Received: from the author
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Cliffhangers suck.

I spent about four hours reading through another exciting adventure of Pete and Mark the Empath solving crime and defeating evil and really enjoyed it. It was as fun as the first few books, with a tad bit more danger than normal towards the end. We get to deal with drug addicts, furries, and drama throughout this book. There’s danger, mystery, and romance all wrapped up together.

Pete continues to be his usual witty self, with his roommate Mark continuing to use his powers for good. But in this book, Mark begins to question whether or not he wants to continue solving cases, while Pete begins to realize that Mark has a shady history than even he realized.

There’s at least four murders in this book, plenty of suspects, and a familiar threat at the end comes back to haunt Mark. But I won’t give away spoilers since Pete hates them so much. (Hi Pete!)

It’s a fun book, with plenty of humor to ease the tension and the fact that we keep learning about Mark’s empathy power is cool as well. I like when there’s always a new thing to be learned.

My main complaint about this book was the cliffhanger. Now I have to wait another year before Bill (rather, Pete) types out the next book. Especially since it’s the kind of cliffhanger where you really want to see if a, uh, hypothetically…a main character gets killed…

And with that in mind, I’m going to wrap up this review, because it’s long enough as it is at about four hundred words. While the review is short, the book definitely isn’t, but it definitely is worth continuing the series, as I’m highly recommending the series rating this one 5/5 stars. Because the characters are realistic and make all the difference, but the storyline is intriguing, and there’s also great whodunit’s…

In any case, read the series. I promise you won’t regret it.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Kindle Ebook Review: Cursed: Broken

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Title: Cursed: Broken
Author: X Aratare
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, M/M
Page Count: 250 pages
Publisher: Raythe  Reign
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: An LGBT, M/M Book Review

Nick Fairfax didn’t want to spend a year at Bane’s home. But to save his family, he was willing to sacrifice a year of his life.

This was an enthralling book, right from the start. A cool twist on a favorite classic fantasy of mine, where two men play the characters of Bell and Beast. There were several nods towards the original story, but the author seemed to make it her own in its own way as well. I definitely liked Nick best, as Bane was not just a cool shape-shifting immortal that’s been cursed by a Priestess in India way back in the day, but Bane was also something of a childish ass, especially towards Nick.

I will warn readers: there is one attempted rape scene towards the end of the book in regards to the main character, Nick. It’s intense, but Bane does come and save the day before it’s too late. There are also warnings for: abusive, cold hearted fathers, mentions of slavery in the fact that Bane has taken Nick on as an ‘intern’ for a year, and a dreadful cliffhanger at the end of the book, as it’s book one of a…trilogy? Series? I’m not sure.

This is a heavy duty romance, meaning there is smut in this book. Nick and Bane both grow close midway through the book, as the two actually try to talk to one another instead of just Bane being an ass. Bane’s Bengal white tiger that’s inside him is also very interested in Nick, and there’s one heavy scene of the tiger pinning Nick to the forest floor…I’ll let you imagine what happens next. 😉

Overall, I liked the book. A lot. I rate this book 5/5 stars, and I like it enough that I might just purchase book 2 to see where it goes, but I’m not going to do so immediately because I have far too many other books to read at the moment. It’s a book that if you’re not squeamish about detailed sex scenes between two men, then you should like this quite a bit. I will warn readers that it’s for 18+ only!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

New Release Review: Devil’s and Thieves

Devils and Thieves

Title: Devils and Thieves
Author: Jennifer Rush
Series:
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 335
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Release Year: 2017
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release, Library Loan
Rated: 5/5 stars

Romance, magic, biker gangs, missing people, and festivals play out in this epic young adult fantasy novel that had me hooked deep and made it so that I finished the book in less than three hours! It was a fun, energetic, intense, dark, passionate book that kept me flipping through the pages until the very end, where I sighed with happiness at another five star read for the year, and one book that is going to be lableled amongst the top ten reads for 2018, I’m fairly sure. There seem to be a lot of great books out this year, which is awesome, and this one just became another one of the ‘greats’.

I could smell the magic even now, so potent that it collected like a film on the back of my throat.
It made me want to breathe deep.
It made me want to run.

The main character is a girl who has magic, but supposedly can’t use it; every time she tries, she gets ill to the point of fainting and/or vomiting. She’s scared of it, and hiding it from all those she loves. Despite the fact that the biker gangs all have various types of magic, of course, so that seems kinda dumb to me, but she didn’t want to cause more worries for her mother, or her dad who had walked out on the family way back in the day when she was about six years old.

The girl is 18 year old Jemmie Carmichael, and she’s got enough drama in this book to turn it into a soap opera. She’s in love with a guy named Crowe, has a huge crush on him, and he happens to be the president of the magical biker gang the Devil’s League. He’s dangerous, not just in the sense that he could physically tear her apart, but he could also kill you with his magic.

Then there’s several other biker gangs as well, that they all have tense relationships with one another. They’re trying for peace, but there’s so much water under the bridge that it’s almost impossible. It doesn’t help when people start going missing either, including two people within the Devil’s League gang and Jemmie’s best friend, Alex-who happens to be Crowe’s sister.

The drama and romance escalate up and down, and Jemmie tries to find her balance amongst the gang, while trying to find Alex. She wants to be normal, and make all the right choices. She also wants to find her friend safe, and have a good relationship with her father.

I really loved the book, and I really hope that there’s a sequel because while it wrapped up the mystery of everything nicely, there was still what felt like openings for a book two.

In the meantime, I have several other arcs to read and am excited to get to them as well, while I put this one on my “To Buy” list ASAP, because it’s just that awesome, well written, and full of dark, intense, atmospheric, powerful, dangerous, wild magic.

5/5 stars and this author is now on my immediate favorites list as well!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

{Bold and quoted text from back of book; review also posted on my Goodreads Page}

Kindle Arc Review: Blood and Wolf

Blood and Wolf

Title: Blood and Wolf
Author: Eva Truesdale and S. M. Gaither
Series: Book 1
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Page Count: 215
Publisher:
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Format
Rated: 5/5 stars

This book was a dark adventure, right up until the very cliff-hanger end. Elle was an excellent, relatable character that one could immediately like and sympathize with. Full of almost uncontrollable, uncontainable power, she struggles every day to make sure she doesn’t break the world.

And once every few years, a council comes together to test her skills, and make sure she’s not weak like they think in her ability to keep things contained. Desperate to either kill her or get rid of the power that breaks the wall between the worlds once and for all, the Sorcerers take her and lock her up.

She’s “rescued” after bargaining with one sorcerer boy who wants her help in making things truly stable, truly peaceful in the supernatural community by stopping her ability once and for all by going after three mysterious keys. With the help of her two best friends, the four of them search for the keys and deal with many various different kinds of supernatural creatures in the world.

Elle slowly falls for the boy who rescued her, Soren, and I instinctively know that the boy is bad news. She seems to be stupidly liking him far too much, and what’s worse is I am too-he is cheeky, snarky, and apparently attractive enough for Elle to sit up and take notice. The two of them become closer.

Which ends in utter disaster.

Unable to tell you more without spoiling the entirety of the story itself, I can only say that this is an adventure filled fantasy that needs to be read. It’s fun, it’s fast paced, it’s full of interesting unique characters, and there is plenty of magic and power around to stop a small army.

Overall, this is a 5/5 stars, and I cannot wait until book 2 comes out! Book 2 apparently arrives April 20th, 2018 if your so inclined to check the authors out and see about preordering their book should it become available. Links available below this review, and if they don’t work please let me know! I’ve only just started linking books/authors to amazon, after all.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

 

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