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Book Review: Crux by Julie Reece (@JulieReece) #YA #urbanfantasy #Crux

Crux
Crux by Julie Reece

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book.

Okay, I should preface what is to come with the disclaimer that I read this as a BETA before it was submitted for publication and loved it then, so I took little risk in reading the final version. I already knew it was a kick-ass read. My opinion has not changed.

Crux is an YA Urban Fantasy (romance) featuring a down, but not out homeless girl, Rebecca Orin–who everyone calls Birdie. She’s got spunk, sarcasm, and street sense. The kind of female lead I just love to get behind. After a very strange day that finds Birdie coming into some cash, and more attention than she could ever want, she learns there may just be something special about her and her bloodline.

I’m not one to put spoilers in a review, so I wont go into the plot line any more than that, but I can say the mission she ends up embarking on is full of history, mystery, monks and Vikings — what a combination!

I mentioned above there was some romance in the tale as well, and the male lead Grey Matthews is just the kind of guy any teenage girl would swoon over. Sexy, rich, and completely head over heels for Birdie. Suffice to say, my 17yr old daughter — who also read Crux (and LOVED IT) is keeping her eyes open for her own “Grey”.

Ms. Reece’s gift for vibrant description and emotionally rich characters makes this story a real winner in my book. A must read for the YA Urban Fantasy fans out there, or anyone looking for a sweet romantic adventure.

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Book Review: Eternal by J.A. Belfield (@jabelfield) #PNR #novella #hollowaypack

Eternal
Eternal by J.A. Belfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Darkness and Light, the first novel in the Holloway Pack series, so I was really interested to see what this prequel novella had in store for me. I was not the least bit disappointed.

In this short, we meet the original Sean and Jem (circa 1800’s). If you read Darkness and Light, you understand what that means. I really enjoyed getting a look at the beginning of the Sean/Jem saga, and seeing how that first pair managed to “make it”.

I love the Sean in this one and how adorably gruff he is. I particularly liked the way he was so afraid of Jem’s mom when he was trying to muster the courage to ask for her hand in marriage. Ms. Belfield did a great job sinking the reader into the historical 1800s setting and dealt with the moral codes (they are together and not married in the 1800’s — oh the scandal!!) and attitudes in the time period with an accuracy that rang true to me. The author throws in a stranger interested in the unique Jem (female werewolves are rare and coveted) to keep up wondering how it will all come out in the end. The suitor tries being nice and seducing Jem away from Sean, and when that doesn’t work… well that’s when things get complicated.

I’m not one to post spoilers in my reviews, so I will leave it at that. If you want to know more, pick up the novella and give it a read.

I was able to devour this is a few short sittings, which is perfect for my hectic schedule. I thoroughly enjoyed this love story and would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys historical romance or anyone who has read any of the other books in the Holloway Pack series by J.A. Belfield.

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Book Review (Novella): Touch of Frost by Jocelyn Adams

Touch of Frost
Touch of Frost by Jocelyn Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was one of the lucky few who managed to get on Ms. Adams’ beta reader list, so got a look at this one before it released to the masses. As usual, I am in awe of Jocelyn’s ability to weave a compelling and romantic tale.

I would highly recommend this novella to anyone who loves a good romantic read. If you have a zen for fairy tales, then this one is a can’t miss.

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Some Love for the Book Review Blog

Because I am in a self promoting sort of mood, I wanted to take a second to shout out my book review blog, Bex Book Nook. I post reviews of all sorts of fiction (from YA to erotica), cover reveals, blog hop stops, giveaways, etc. I also post a bit of my writing as well (erotica stuff over there)

If you don’t already follow it, you should. I will say that my alter ego writes erotica, and while I always make sure all images I post are at worst PG-13, some of the content may be unsuitable for those under the age of 18.

If you are over 18, stop by!

http://bexbooknook.wordpress.com

 

Announcement: I’ve Launched a Book Review Blog

Many of you know I have a pen name that I use when writing more “adult oriented” stories. Since I have this blog, and what I consider a respectable following,  I thought a long time about how I would go about creating and marketing a platform for my alter ego. I didn’t want a mirror of this site, and I definitely needed to do something to allow me to market those works without worrying over the possibility of offending someone of a more delicate nature on this site.

So, what I came up with is Bex Book Nook – a book review blog and resting place for Ms. R. Brennan (my more fun, more outrageous alter ego) I have done a few reviews on this site, and the first one I posted there is a re post of the review I did on this site, but that is where the commonalities will end.

My reviews will be posted there when I complete them. This site shall remain my WIP writing as a lifestyle/career site — with the occasional story about what silly thing my family or friends did thrown in for good measure.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing some of my followers over there. Not only to see what sort of person lies behind the soft spoken, sweet persona I usually portray to the world, but also for some blunt reviews of all sorts of fantastic new books.  😛