Spectral by Shannon Duffy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For the past sixteen years, Jewel Rose has spent her entire life running. Her parents have convinced her that she’s a part of the witness protection program and that her safety is of the utmost importance. Yet Jewel can’t deny that something about the entire situation feels wrong.
Her parents have droned it into her that she needs to keep the crescent-shaped birthmark she bears hidden. They never answer her questions and most of the time they’ll just ignore the situation at hand. Jewel is tired of running. She doesn’t understand why it’s a necessity and fervently wishes her parents would just lay everything on the table. Deep inside, she just wants them to be honest with her, once and for all. Read on »
My Merlin Awakening by Priya Ardis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the moment she pulled Excalibur free of the stone, Ryan DuLac’s life went from being practically unknown to being plunged into the limelight, so to speak. It didn’t help that Matt had revealed himself to be Merlin before the entire world thereafter. Oh no, that’s quite a little thing compared to the enormous weight that now sits upon her shoulders. Her priorities have taken a different turn and she’s supposed to fulfill the obligations that surround the life of a sword-bearer now that she can wield Excalibur. That, unfortunately, is the least of her worries.
Determined to shun the responsibility of being the sword-bearer, Ryan claims that she needs more to time to come to grasp with her new status. She wants nothing to do with Camelot or the sword itself. In her mind, she did her duty and Matt can take care of the rest. Yet when a second tremor rocks the entire world, she realizes she can’t quite run from her past or the rocky onset of the future. Read on »
My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Arriane DuLac, or Ryan, as she prefers to be called has had to put up with a lot of pain and heartache. Her mother was taken from her unexpectedly as she’d tried to protect her from outside forces. Forces that are hell-bent on ending her own life, once and for all. Ryan, on the other hand, refuses to go down without a fight. Deep inside, she yearns to avenge her mother’s death and hopes to get that very chance some day soon.
When a giant stone with King Arthur’s stone, Excalibur, falls smack dab in the middle of Trafalgar Square, Ryan and the entire world are thrown for a loop. Her ex-boyfriend, Matt Emrys seems to know something about the spectacle itself, yet he refuses to say exactly what it is he knows. Ryan does her best to get Matt to divulge his secrets, but her feminine wiles can only go so far. Not that Matt’s falling for them, mind you. He has a much larger agenda on his hands and he’s not quite paying attention to the situation at hand. Or so Ryan thinks. Read on »
Crimson Shadow: Noir by Nathan Squiers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
For years, Xander Stryker has yearned for a death that has always escaped him. The abuse his stepfather inflicted on him has followed him wherever he goes and the memories full of pain and heartache refuse to leave him. Every moment of every day, he’s forced to remember things he’s tried so very hard forget. Things his shattered mind knows he never had a chance in preventing. His only solace is that his step-father is dead and he needn’t put up with the abuse any longer. Or so he thinks.
With his eighteen birthday just around the corner, Xander struggles to control the never-ending rage he feels inside while lamenting the loss of the one person who has ever shown him a bit of kindness. Estella means everything to him, even if he’ll never really admit it. She’s better off not knowing about the extent of his pain and the odd occurrences that take place when his anger unexpectedly rises. She’s safer this way and he’ll do everything in power to make sure she stays that way. Read on »
The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter, Part I by Jennifer Malone Wright
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
For fourteen years, Chloe has lived a sheltered existence. Her beloved mother has been her constant companion, providing her with whatever she needs. In school, she’s content to keep to the shadows and avoid bonding with others at all costs. Her way of life suits her. It’s the only one she’s ever known. Yet her entire life changes the night a group of vampires break into her home and murder her mother.
Salvation arrives in the form of an unruly group of vampire hunters intent on eliminating the threat to their existence. Watching from the sidelines, Chloe never once imagined just how much her world would come crashing down within the blink of an eye. Her mother was dead and she now had a grandfather to contend with. Knowledge of the supernatural plane that now exists around her is overwhelming and she finds herself floundering in a dark abyss as she tries to make sense of what’s been kept from her for so long. Read on »