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BOOK REVIEW: Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone #1) by Annette Marie

BOOK REVIEW: Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone #1) by Annette MarieChase the Dark (Steel & Stone #1)
by Annette Marie
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Synopsis:

When everyone wants you dead, good help is really hard to find.

Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: to become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way.

The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to annoy the crap out of her, but he isn't as harmless as he seems. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive--and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she's on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She's dead on her own, but there's no one she can trust--no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons ... See problems one and two.

Review:

Buddy Read with Sophie at Beware of the Reader and Raven at Dreamy Addictions

Chase The Dark was an action packed ride that had me completely obsessed.  With magic, secrets, friendship, betrayal, lust and the beginnings of something more in the pages, I fell madly in love with this book.  The characters became my friends and not only did I deeply feel everything they did, but I was terrified with what was to come next.  There was a richness to the world they lived in, and I felt like I was with them every step of the way.  If you love urban fantasy, friendships, action or slow burn romance then definitely add this one to your tbr!

The only two people in the world she could trust right now were sitting on either side of her and she couldn’t trust them at all. They were daemons.

By that second page, I already loved Piper Griffiths’ thoughts.  She was an Apprentice Consul and worked and lived at the Consulate, which was like an embassy to the daemons.  Our world had been opened to the Underworld and Overworld years ago and the Consuls helped keep the peace and protected humans from daemons.  Right from the beginning we got to see Piper’s fighting skills.  She was fierce, deadly and totally kicked ass. Piper was a haemon, part human and daemon, but she possessed no magic like the other haemons and daemons around her.  And that was a huge issue, since all Consul’s had magic to help keep the peace.

Some nights she wondered if she was looking for goodness in him that wasn’t there. Other nights, she imagined a thousand ways to tell him thank you and none seemed good enough.

While daemons stayed at the Consulate, there were two she’d seen around before.  Lyre and Ash.  Lyre was an incubus, who was sexy, playful, intoxicating and fun.  He had a heart of gold underneath it all and I loved watching how much he cared for his friends.  And then there was Ash.  He was a draconian who was extremely powerful and had a dangerous reputation.  Others feared and respected him, so I was leery of him, just like Piper.  But when Piper got framed for taking the Sahar Stone, a magical weapon of mass destruction, she found herself running for her life.  With Lyre and Ash right by her side.

The world was spinning but Ash’s arms were steady and strong. Always strong. He was her only rock in the ocean of adversity that had flooded her life since the night of the attack on the Consulate. He was the only one who showed up again and again, his strength offered, nothing asked in return.

While I loved Lyre, I found myself becoming obsessed with Ash.  Ash was a huge mystery who was sarcastic, smart, and quick on his feet.  He was so subtle and mysterious that he pulled me right into his dark web.  Especially since he helped defend and protect Piper’s life every step of the way, even if they struggled or butted heads with each other.  And the moments where he would show his emotions, oh, Ash stole my breath away.

She clamped her fingers over the back of his head and pulled him closer still, demanding even more. His hand tightened in her hair and she tilted her head farther back as their kiss deepened into something even wilder.

Ash, Lyre and Piper were running for their lives, while trying to prove their innocence.  Being thrown into life and death situations made them quickly form a bond and I loved how much they trusted each other.  Moments between them made me smile and laugh, which was needed with all of the action that surrounded them.  It felt like I always had sweaty palms lol.  On top of that, I had no clue what was going to happen next.  Just like that moment with the hottest kiss ever *fans face*.  Yup I was obsessed.

Black irises met hers. Terror sucked out the breath she’d just taken. She clenched her teeth and fought to remember his careful touch on her cheek. He wouldn’t hurt her. He wouldn’t. He’d promised.

Chase the Dark was impossible to put down!  And while I figured out one thing, there were quite a few twists I didn’t see coming.  So with betrayal, secrets, friendship, lies, and trust, you can count on this book pulling your emotions every which way.  Plus I have so much hope for a certain two characters.  If they move forward, their love for each other is going to be beyond powerful *fingers crossed*!

“Is he alive, Zwi?” she whispered. She gathered the little creature against her chest and hugged her gently. “Please let him be alive.”

PS I don’t want to say how she’s connected to the story, but I loved Zwi with my whole heart.  She was a little dragonet, and I wanted to steal her out of this book!

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie

I absolutely loved this book! So check out my 5 Star Review below and enter a fabulous giveaway. Enjoy!

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette MarieAnnette Marie (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1)
by Annette Marie
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Synopsis:

Rule one: Don't look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle's house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don't practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don't listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I'm supposed to act like I don't know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don't talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn't find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn't notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn't break the rules.

But I did, and now it's too late

Review:

Taming Demons for Beginners was a ton of fun, action packed and impossible to put down.  Just from that first chapter I was hooked and I screamed out loud best chapter ever!  Oh my gosh you guys, Annette Marie knows how to pull you in and continually have you begging for more.  The storyline was addictive, the characters lept from the pages and she created a world I never wanted to leave.  This book is for everyone out there that loves to say just one more chapter, and then before you know it you’ve finished the whole book.  In one day.

Adrenaline flooded my body. Panic screeched in my head, but I couldn’t move. Frozen like a rabbit in the wolf’s teeth, I stared at him in horror.
He held my fingers in a tight grip, then pulled.

I loved Robin.  She always seemed to be baking or have her nose in a book, and those are my two favorite things!  Robin was such a sweet girl with a huge heart.  But she could be shy and timid, and my heart hurt for for her.  Robin had moved in with her Uncle, after her parents passed away.  She was told to avoid magic, but her Uncle was swirling in it.  He summoned demons and created contacts with them.  That was extremely illegal.  All Robin had to do was mind her own business and stay away from the demon that was trapped in his library.  But who knew just how impossible that would become. 

Payilas.” His whisper demanded my answer.
“Protect me.”

The demon, ohhhhh I was obsessed with him right away.  I probably shouldn’t like someone who was supposed to be a killer, but Zylas had me deep in his clutches.  I was fascinated learning everything I could about him.  His words and mannerisms cracked me up, even though he wasn’t trying to be funny.  He didn’t understand so many things like what a tv was to blushing.  So it felt like he was from a different world, but at the same time, there was so much Robin didn’t understand either.

“What do you want?” My arm was on fire, blazing with agony, and I didn’t understand his question. My crumbling composure gave way.
“I don’t want to die,” I sobbed, shaking and gasping.

I loved watching Robin and Zylas learn about each other.  They were worlds apart and their misunderstandings had me laughing out loud.  Even when it was a serious moment, you couldn’t knock the smile off of my face at times.  But Robin grew so much in this story, and it felt like it was because of Zylas.  And Zylas, well I can’t talk much about him, but I loved watching them both evolve as the story unfolded.

I’d known full well that Zylas was a risk to everyone around me.
I’d known, and I’d ignored the danger.

Hold on because this book had heart pounding action that had me on the edge of my seat.  There were intense moments that were life or death.  Some of them I never even saw coming, so I gasped or screamed out loud. And when the pieces to the puzzle finally started to fall into place, it was terrifying.  Deadly.  This book truly had it all.

Kill them all, I thought as clearly as I could. The first chance you get.
His tail twitched, his stare boring into mine. The connection between us burned hot, an invisible thread that bound our fates together. Crimson light glowed across his fingers and the semi-transparent talons that tipped them. His tail slid slowly across the pavement. The twenty yards between us yawned even wider.

There were side characters I desperately want to talk about, but it’s best not knowing anything about them.  All I can say is I somehow got attached to one of them and I’m happily shocked I did.  And while I didn’t read the other series this one is linked to, you don’t need to, it stood on it’s own.  But I’ll definitely be picking it up!  So yes, I recommend this book!  With magic swirling through the pages and characters that I absolutely loved, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

“In my world,” he said unexpectedly, “there is a type of … tree.”
I faced him again, my brow furrowed in puzzlement.
“On the tree, it grows small …” He cupped his hands as though holding something. “… small fruits. The outside is poisonous, deadly, but inside is juicy and sweet. We fight over these trees. I have killed to take the fruit when it is ripe.”
He picked up another s’more cookie. “These are better.”

PS I’d love to know the recipes Robin made, they sound delicious!  Especially the marshmallow-stuffed s’more cookies!  YUM!

 

About Annette Marie:

Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – The Shadow Weave (Spell Weaver #2) by Annette Marie

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - The Shadow Weave (Spell Weaver #2) by Annette Marie

The Shadow Weave was impossible to put down! So check out my 4.5 Review Star below and enter a fabulous giveaway! Enjoy!

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – The Shadow Weave (Spell Weaver #2) by Annette MarieThe Shadow Weave (Spell Weaver #2)
by Annette Marie
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Synopsis:

Clio might be a nymph living in exile among humans. And she might possess the rare ability to mimic any magic she sees. And she might have just seriously ticked off the most powerful family of spell weavers in the Underworld.

But she is not in love with an incubus.

Lyre is the rebellious black sheep of said weaver family, and he's the only reason she survived her recent Underworld "vacation." He's also the sexiest thing she's ever seen. Together, they have to track down a catastrophically dangerous magic--a magic he created, she sort of stole, and they both lost--before his family gets their hands on it. And that means fighting alongside him in a desperate attempt to avert complete disaster.

But she is definitely not in love with him. At least, she's pretty sure she's not.

Mostly sure. Maybe sure?...Crap.

Review:

*Spoilers for The Night Realm, you can read my review for the previous book here.*

The Shadow Weave was a thrill of a ride and peril filled the pages.  It made this book impossible to put down and I kept hoping that Lyre and Clio would catch a break.  While that rarely seemed to happen, I still found lightness in so many different moments.  Friendship, loyalty, love and laughter could be found within the pages and I absolutely loved that.  So if you adore Urban Fantasy stories that keep you on the edge of your seat and has a romance laced throughout the pages, then this is definitely a series you have to check out!

Leaving the weapon embedded in his body, she stepped into his field of vision.
“How does it feel?” she hissed.
His eyes bulged. Blood bubbled from his mouth and he toppled over with the sword impaled in his back.

Clio and Lyre escaped from the Underworld.  And they both had a common goal in place. To travel to the Overworld and get back the KLOC before it caused chaos and ruin in their worlds.  And while they faced countless obstacles that at times seemed insurmountable, they were being hunted. I literally screamed out loud when I discovered who was hunting them.  Ugh. And even then, I still kept hoping that there would be light at the end of their tunnel. But their lives were now brutal, so hold on because this story definitely gets intense.

He’d intended to release her immediately, but his arms tightened instead. Wrapped around her small frame, his cheek pressed against her hair and his eyes squeezed shut, he held her to him. For one brief moment, he allowed himself to acknowledge his pathetic relief that he wasn’t alone in this.
And how petrified he was of the moment when he’d have to face this new future on his own.

While horrific events kept unfolding, they discovered how much they relied on one another.  Not only did they fight adversaries together, but they put their lives in each other’s hands time and again.  It was emotional and beautiful to watch.  And through it all, a true friendship started to blossom.  Even with that sexual tension between them. And it didn’t matter that they were from different worlds or that they knew they shouldn’t be together.  They fit perfectly and the chemistry was impossible to ignore!

“So you’d rather pretend you don’t want me?” His hands slid around her waist then down over her backside. He pulled her hips hard into his and his mouth dropped closer again, lips brushing against hers as he spoke. “Because I don’t want to pretend anymore.”

So just like Clio, I found myself falling even harder for Lyre.  But at the same time, my heart ached for him since he left his whole life behind.  Thankfully he had Clio who he could count on, but even she was keeping secrets from him.  Although with his quirky sense of humor and his ability to be extremely bold to Clio, he added so much light to their dire situation.  And Lyre was such a charmer who was also perfect at the art of seduction……I love him so much! So I was extremely happy to see that Clio felt like his equal.  She progressed so much since the beginning.  Clio’s fighting skills were admirable and she was officially kick ass.  Together they were a sight to behold.

She should have been afraid. She should have been quaking with terror, but rage and anguish pumped through her veins.

The Shadow Weave was such a fabulous addition to the Spell Weaver Trilogy and I can’t wait to see how the final book plays out!  While I could have done with some shorter fight scenes, I still found myself enthralled with the story and I couldn’t help but love these characters!  And that ending?! Ohhhhhhhhh it was epic! It has me ecstatic to see what will happen next!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book, provided by the tour company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Reading Order & Links:

The Night Realm #1
Reviews:

Jen

The Shadow Weave #2
Reviews:

Jen

The Blood Curse #3
Reviews:

About Annette Marie:

Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat— Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – The Night Realm (Spell Weaver #1) by Annette Marie

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - The Night Realm (Spell Weaver #1) by Annette Marie

The Night Realm was an intoxicating and spellbinding ride! Check out my 4.5 Star Review below and enter a fabulous giveaway! Enjoy!

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – The Night Realm (Spell Weaver #1) by Annette MarieThe Night Realm (Spell Weaver #1)
by Annette Marie
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Synopsis:

Clio is good at all sorts of things. As a nymph, she's great at outdoorsy nature stuff. As a nymph living in exile, she's got the "blending in with humans" thing down pat. As a nymph living in exile because she possesses the rare ability to mimic magic, she's had to pick up some unique survival skills.

But stealing from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld? Not so much.

Unfortunately, that's exactly what she has to do to earn a ticket back home. Conning her way into the night realm may have gone pretty well, but now she's got a new problem. His name is Lyre and he's a sinfully alluring incubus, a dangerously skilled spell weaver, and the only thing standing between her and stealing some damn magic.

Maneuvering around him without blowing her cover shouldn't be that difficult, but chaos has been dogging her every step, monsters hide behind beautiful faces, and Lyre keeps saving her neck even though they're enemies. Kind of enemies? Either way, her mission is getting complicated fast, and in the Underworld, even one mistake could prove fatal.

Review:

The Night Realm was an intoxicating and spellbinding ride!  With a cast of characters that was enchanting, and pages that were filled to the brim with action and intrigue, it was impossible not to fall in love with this book.  Add to that a magic system and worlds that were addicting to learn about, and it was shocking how fast I flew through the pages.  I’m so happy to say that The Night Realm was such a huge win for me!

Clenching her hands until her fingernails dug into her palms, she broke into a run, fleeing the corridor, desperate to escape the building. To escape this place. To escape this world.

We first meet Clio who is a nymph and has royalty blood.  She’s been sent to Earth, from the Overworld, to be kept safe.  And not that far into the story she takes on the task to help protect her country in the Overworld, from losing an eminent war. And to complete that task she must travel to Hade’s territory, in the Underworld.  So from the first few chapters I knew that I liked Clio.  She was brave and determined, and her thoughts and actions warmed my heart.  Plus she had me cracking up at times.  She doesn’t mean to be funny, but she could be such a walking disaster.  Which is kinda shocking since it goes against her capable demeanor lol.  But it made her so down to earth and someone I easily clicked with.  I thought Clio made a fabulous heroine who constantly proved why she deserved my respect.

Lyre didn’t feel like an enemy. And that was even more dangerous.

Upon arriving in the Underworld with two body guards, Clio gets linked to work with Lyre, an incubus.  They’ve had a run in in the past…..one of those situations where Clio is a walking disaster.  Oh my gosh, I just wanted to hug that girl at times lol.  But this time around they’re to work together, since Lyre will commission the magic to help Clio’s country not lose the coming war.  Every time they’re around each other, there’s definitely lust and attraction that had me smiling a ton.  But it was their other interactions that pushed me over the edge into obsessed territory.  You see, they’re both so used to being a means to an end for others.  But they each go out of their way to help one another time and again.  And that makes them start to look at each other a little bit more.  So it doesn’t matter that Lyre runs hot to cold with Clio and it doesn’t matter that Clio is purchasing magic that Lyre struggles with, because that’s not what makes them pause.  You see, they’re enemies.  He’s from the Underworld and she’s from the Overworld.  They definitely don’t mesh together at all.  Yet it seems that fate has other plans for this slow-burn romance.

She exhaled shakily and touched her lips— the lips he had almost, almost kissed. And she reluctantly admitted that her relief wasn’t nearly as strong as her disappointment.

I just have to say that I loved Lyre!  He was beyond sexy and charismatic and so much more than meets the eye!  There’s much more that I want to say, but you’ll slowly discover all there is to know about Lyre.  And he is definitely bbf material!  So while The Night Realm ends with me needing to know what’s going to happen next, we stopped at the perfect place to take a break.  Or at least a breath….you’ll see what I mean when it comes to the action in this book!  At times it felt like their enemies and difficult situations were a mile long, but it was soooo much fun!  It makes the stakes crazy high and I can not wait to pick up the next book!!  But till then I’m looking forward to reading her other books.  I bought Chase the Dark and can’t wait to read that completed series!

“You butchered another warlord’s escort?” Lyre repeated incredulously.
“I also maimed the warlord.” He frowned. “Or maybe I killed him too. It got kind of messy at the end.”
“You …” Lyre cleared his throat. “This isn’t …
concerning for you? Won’t there be consequences?”
“Obviously.” Ash gestured in the direction of the searching soldiers. “But Samael won’t kill me. He’ll just send me back to the bastille again.”
“You’re awfully casual about impending torture.”

PS I didn’t know if I should like Ash at first, but is it horrible that all of his killings didn’t phase me?  I loved that him and Lyre formed a tentative….hmmmm well I wouldn’t call it friendship but it was definitely something.  The way they would nudge the other or even help each other out made me smile and their interactions always had me laughing like above.  I’m so excited to see what happens between the two of them next!

*ARC kindly provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Reading Order & Links:

The Night Realm #1
Reviews:

Jen

The Shadow Weave #2
Reviews:

Jen

The Blood Curse #3
Reviews:

About Annette Marie:

Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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