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FUnny sexy steamy shifter romance

Out of the Darkness (The Cloven Pack Series: Book Two) Kindle Edition
by D. Fischer 
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book

Sometimes men are dense, particularly when they are part wolf! Benjamin is definitively in that category! While Brenna has always known he is her mate, he has got a clue. He is too wrapped up in in his responsibilities as the Cloven pack beta to notice.

That is until an old enemy, known as the One, and her cult of personality appear and threaten the pack and Brenna.

Then the sizzle factor picks up, the passion grows and true love blossoms. And there is a surprise pregnancy!

There are several shifting point of views that tie back to book one, although they can be read as standalones, it is far more enjoyable to read them in order as you can see the characters develop, from Kenna learning to fit into the to her mate’s struggle with his newly gained telepathy to Ben’s catching a clue there is enough humor to breakup the tension occurring between the rogues and the pco

This book is Book Nerd Approved.
5 furry stars our of

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A Gifted Curse

A Gifted Curse (The Cloven Pack Series: Book One) Kindle Edition
by D. Fischer 
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Poor Makenna, After being abandoned as an infant, she is passed from foster home to foster home, all because she seems to have a sixth sense. She can tell when someone is lying. She also seems to have a second personality. One that is consistently diagnosed because of near-constant anxiety attacks. Because of this, she has closed herself off from the world, working as a Private Investigator.

Little does she know, she is a wolf shifter. Not only that but a Queens!

Mackenna is one of the most brilliant characters I’ve had the privilege to meet, as are her entire pack. Kenna is foul-mouthed and soft-hearted. Strong-willed and lonely. She is the distillation of what every woman feels. And for the first time, when she meets Evo, she finally fits in.

The plotting is brilliant if at times a little transparent. The world-building is handled well and the take on the wolf-shifters and the power structures within the packs is fantastic.

Alternating POV’s between Evo and Kenna gives us a view into their growing love and their nervousness at this. The villains as completely evil, sociopathic and cruel.

This steamy shifter story boils the readers blood and makes them turn page after page without a pause!

Only the transparency of the who a couple of the villains are lowers the rating from 5 to 4 furry stars.
This book is Book Nerd Approved!

Tarnished City

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts) Kindle Edition
by Vic James (Author)
I voluntarily received a copy of this book for review.
Tarnished City is a book for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent, with strong female leads trying desperately to save her family and her people. Addictive as it is a fast and dark read, I can’t recommend it enough. A darkly troubling story, filled with intrigue an the most dangerous emotion – hope, it was impossible to put it down as you can never tell who will be the hero and who will be the villain. However, this is not a book for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, as some scenes make the original Wicker Man seem like a Disney movie.
Having never had the pleasure of reading Gilded Cage, I was new to this amazing dystopia that I hereby christen as Techno-Regency, kind of like Steam-punk, but the Ton picked up and dropped smack dab into the 21st century.
The Ton (the Skilled or those with Magic), in this case, use the Orwellian newspeak title of Equals while they rule the Unskilled or magicless with a merciless hand, treating them as slaves. Which is appropriate as one of the two allied nations is the Confederate States of America.
This is the tale not only of the whole of Britain and its search for freedom for the Skilled, but that of two families, one Skilled the other Unskilled. Because of this, heroes become villains and villains heroes.
This book falls into the category of un-puttdownable, and I read it in one sitting, not even stopping for dinner.
5 shiny stars out of 5. I can’t wait to read Gilded Cage and the third in the series
This book is highly approved by the Book Nerd.

A poor mash up of splatter punk and a Faerie tail

Renegade Red: Book Two of The Light Trilogy
by Lauren Bird Horowitz

A highly disappointing, over the top use of poetic language that often doesn’t make sense sun up this novel. Also, Ms. Horowitz breaks the single most important rule of the Fae (Fey, Faerie, Fay, Gentry), do not eat or drink their food. Not only that, Noa seems to survive on several pieces of bread and an apple as she goes through trials that are clearly inspired by the Hunger Games and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. She often breaks bones, several time compound fractures. She climbs mountains, wal`s over acid and all number of things without sleep or food.

Judah and Callum, her ‘loves’ are just as screwed up as she is and for a sixteen year old, Julia has an unnatural connection to her baby sister who really isn’t her baby sister but Callum and Judah’s baby sister. In fact, the entire purpose of the story is to find Sasha/Lily.

The novel begins in a strange school where imagination is forbidden. If one indulgeous in it, they vist the great Otec or as the kid call him the Man with White hand. He is build up as Darius, Judah’s and Callum’s father. Wrong. And yet, for a school where art is forbidden, Noa know`s what an expressionist painting is,

Then they slip into Faerie to find that the colors are ghetto-ized and being slaughtered for the use of their power, apparently for the use of their father who is a clear. And again we are led astray with the ciooizl

All in all, this ranks as a really bad trip down the rabbit hole or a really bad acid trip. Characters are inconsistent, often pretty pretty foul.

Ms.Howoritz claims to be a poet and occasionally uses some terms such as “girl-beast” repetitively to try to reach that feeling. These phrases feel forced as do the repeated escapes that should leave her bloody and shredded. Poetry shouldn’t be as forced as Ms. Howoritz. Fantasy `should not drift into horror and gore-porn unless you are Stephen King

The climax is ridiculous and quite frankly silly. Billed and advertised as a YA, this novel crosses over at times into horror and splatter punk with people being liquefied or turned to dust or used for their magic.
Two stars out of five This book is not Book Nerd Approved

Scottish fey-steampunk

The Falconer: Book One of the Falconer Trilogy Kindle Edition
by Elizabeth May
I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest exchange,

Scottish faeries (no where near as nice as their Irish or Welsh relatives) were magically trapped beneath the earth by women who wee known as the Falconers. Through the centuries, the magic has weakened and the Falconers have died out.

All except two. Aileana and her mother. On the night of her coming out, Aileana watches something, a dark fairy rip her mother’s heart out. When she is discovered by the aristocracy, elbow deep in her mother’s blood, Aileana is suspected of murder and made an outcast.

That is until Kiaran, a High Warrior Faerie, recognizes her for what she is and begins training her.

Ms. May does an excellent job of giving Aileana quirks. She has a pixie who uses her dresses to make his own clothes and has the hobby of inventions that she puts to work to destroying the evil faeries with her mentor Kiaran,

Ms. May’s world borders on steam-punk, with DaVinci flying machines and stun guns alongside corsets and arranged marriages.

Fight scenes take place in the freezing cold, as we draw close to the Winter Equinox, the time the seal breaks. Ms. May paints the violence and frenzy of human on Fae fight with a talented brush. Blood and mud and rain and snow all mix to create an ephemeral battlefield filled with icy fog. Aileana fights like a madwoman and at the same time she is the perfect Victorian lady, drinking tea and picking out a wedding dress. Meanwhile, she is falling for Kiaran. Ms. May twists the plot into a labyrinthine story.

Ms. May also uses the Scottish version of the Fae as opposed to the Irish or the Cornish. This is a fabulous twist. Although, warning for Americans, all Celt added letters and you may need to go to google translate to pronounce a word or a dozen. It is is well worth it.

The characters, well they are fantastic. I love the pixie and want one of my own. The gadgets, the stitchers, the automatic tea pot and so on truly hint at a cross between Dr. Who and Downtown Abbey.

I am sad to say there is no HEA. In fact, there is no true ending, we are left with a dark, creepy cliff hanger where the burgeoning love between Kam (Aileana) and Kiaran may or may not be destroyed.

An excellent coming of age, heroine’s journey with humor and corsets! This book is Book Nerd Approved

5 out of 5

Out of this world adventure and love story

Cover Fire (Valiant Knox) Kindle Edition
by Jess Anastasi
Jess Anastasi is a romance world. Jess has created a world within a world on the Valiant Knox, which only make since it is the outer space version of an aircraft carrier. There are shops, bars, restaurants and arcades. A mini-city to keep the `service people sane while drifting through the blackness of space.
She has also given us mind blowing characters. Cowboy quick draw, master fighter pilot, Sebastian volunteers to take the devastatingly beautiful CI Agent Jenna planet side And he begins to regret every minute.
She is the opposite of his type,plastic looking and deceitful. So when does he go crashing back to the planet when he hears `she is dead. And why does he try to help her? Could it be the betrayal he faced from his own b`st friend or could it be the growing attraction between them or could it be his innate distrust of the CI?
Or could it be all of the above?
Ms Anastasi has a wonderful way with creating characters voices and narration. Sebastian seems to be a blend of Han Solo and Tom Cruise. He can’t take anything seriously because if he does he will lose it. Jenna, on the other hand, is a tough, strong woman ready for her death because there is a mole in her organization out to kill her. Their love-story is `so authentic, that love-hate story that appears on every soap opera everywhere It is a blast
Red herrings lay everywhere, keeping you off the track of the real bad guy(`s?) Wild rides on space ships and a touch of motion `sickness keep the laughter rolling.
A combo of Star Wars and Top Gun, Cover Fire is definitely Book Nerd Approved

5 stars out of 5

Out of this world adventure and love story

Cover Fire (Valiant Knox) Kindle Edition
by Jess Anastasi
Jess Anastasi is a romance world. Jess has created a world within a world on the Valiant Knox, which only make since it is the outer space version of an aircraft carrier. There are shops, bars, restaurants and arcades. A mini-city to keep the `service people sane while drifting through the blackness of space.
She has also given us mind blowing characters. Cowboy quick draw, master fighter pilot, Sebastian volunteers to take the devastatingly beautiful CI Agent Jenna planet side And he begins to regret every minute.
She is the opposite of his type,plastic looking and deceitful. So when does he go crashing back to the planet when he hears `she is dead. And why does he try to help her? Could it be the betrayal he faced from his own b`st friend or could it be the growing attraction between them or could it be his innate distrust of the CI?
Or could it be all of the above?
Ms Anastasi has a wonderful way with creating characters voices and narration. Sebastian seems to be a blend of Han Solo and Tom Cruise. He can’t take anything seriously because if he does he will lose it. Jenna, on the other hand, is a tough, strong woman ready for her death because there is a mole in her organization out to kill her. Their love-story is `so authentic, that love-hate story that appears on every soap opera everywhere It is a blast
Red herrings lay everywhere, keeping you off the track of the real bad guy(`s?) Wild rides on space ships and a touch of motion `sickness keep the laughter rolling.
A combo of Star Wars and Top Gun, Cover Fire is definitely Book Nerd Approved

5 stars out of 5

a great disappointment

The Shimmering Kindle Edition
by Susan Kearney
I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A mess of violently pink cotton candy that would give Gloria Steinem and Rachel Maddow `sweating nightmares. A talented journalist, ~Sandra interviews a `scientist who claims he can release human conscience from their bodies and allow them to travel interdimensionally and through time.

And that is precisely what investigative reporter does, by switching bodies with someone llightyears away and doesn’t do it in 12 parsec`s. (Kessel Run? Star Wars)
As the story goes along, Sandra realizes that ` she isn’t as independent as she thought and beginning rely on her rescuer who happens to be the prince. (of course) With all the changes in her mind and heart, `she begins to wonder if she is truly t a modern woman.
That is a all a bit disturbing as` it takes women back about 80 years. Beyond that, the writing it clunky. The dialogue injection used in order for the diffed ten `species is `so played out. If there is an anti-Katniss contest ~Sandra would win hands down, her excuse that ‘her people need her’ is weak. All in all, this` feels as if the Duggar`s wrote this in order to justify beginning fat, happy and with no ambition to do otherwise
I was bitterly disappointed. The Archetypal princes` in a land far away, once upon a time

This book is not Book Nerd Approved

2 our of 5 `]stars

An electrifying vampire hero

Hunger: The Energy Vampires Book Two Kindle Edition
by Jacquelyn Frank 
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was thrilled, after reading the first novel, Thirst, in this series , that Halo was the next hero. What can I `say, I love the damaged hero. And Halo is definitely damaged. A hunter seeking out sycophants, evil energy vampires, he walks the line between good and evil as almost a punishment for all that he has and will do. Women to him, are disposable, as he always chooses ones he can walk away from, women who only want a moment of pleasure and forgetfulness. As the best hunter, he is `sent after one of their leaders who has turned sycophant. And the great hunter’s caught himself, locked in a room to `starve or attack an innocent woman trapped with him and become sycophant himself.
This is more than a simple love story. Hunger is a vampiric version of the Most Dangerous game and thrilling for it. That isn’t to `say that there isn’t more than enough steam to power a locomotive. There is. But the cat and cat chase is thrilling.
Ms. Frank also does a wonderful job with narrator’`s voices. She gives us a view into the characters through one liners.
I would have to say that Hunger was better than the first novel in the series Thirst
This book is Book Nerd Approved
4 out of 5 stars

Viking fun with Thor’s grandson

Trygger is one of the last descendants of Thor, Viking God of Thunder. After Loki arranges Thor’s death, the Goddess of Love, Freya, places Thor’s power of Thunder and Lightning into Trygger and sets him on a quest. He must kill and return the Fallen Ones to her Fields, then she will revive Thor, return his powers and after a thousand years of serving his Goddess, he will be allowed to die and live wit Freya and the other guys.
Unfortunately, of the two hundred escapees, the final five are the most devious and evil. And to make matters worse, Freya saddles him with a relatively untrained, overly compassionate female and her magical dog.
The plot is fun but Trygger has a horrible tendency toward misogyny that I hope clears up in the future. He also has a bad case of the hornies that needs to assuage in the gnarly of places.
All in all, there is enough humor and enough diversity of characters, from Eurosexuals to demons that can’t quite accept who they are, the faults are overcome with humor
Four out of five