Tuesday 28 April 2020


The Hidden by Ivy Asher
Book 1 in the Shadowed Wings series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: kindle ebook

About The Hidden:
I am a latent wolf shifter.
Or so I thought.

Then life as I knew it changed in a flash — or more accurately, an electrocution.

I’ve woken up in a strange place, surrounded by strange people who hate me. They’re in the middle of a war, and I look like I belong on the wrong side of it.

If that’s not enough to qualify as a really bad day, I now have wings and a strange animal to figure out, because it turns out that there’s not a damn latent thing about me.

If I want to live, I have to prove that I’m not the spy I’m accused of being. Then I need to figure out how the fuck to get back home before all hell breaks loose. Too bad my animal has zero interest in working with me unless it has to do with the two hot assholes that lead this rebel group.

I’m on my own, in a place I’ve never even heard of, with threats I don’t know how to defeat. And lucky me, I might as well have a rotisserie chicken living inside of me for all the help my newly discovered gryphon is.

Perfect. Just fucking perfect.
Source: Info in the About The Hidden was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47762658-the-hidden on 23/10/2019.

My Thoughts:
This book got bought because I like the premise. Plus, one can never underestimate the drawing power of gryphons! It's almost like dragons! Plus the cover is intersting! And, I like this author's story telling quality and the pace was quite quick. However, I did not like the way the book ended in a whooping cliffhanger! Not to mention that the book did not have much of a plot. In essence this book is just a couple of chapters of a bigger book. That tend to dissuade me from reading that kind of authors. Specially when the next book comes out a year after and by then I have forgotten what the book was all about already plus I have already formed a not very positive impression of the author. Not a good thing.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 2
Writing Style = 3.5
Ending = 1
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 1

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

The Author

About Ivy Asher:
Ivy Asher is addicted to chai, swearing, and laughing a lot (but not in a creepy, laughing alone kind of way). She loves the snow, books, and her family of two humans, and three fur-babies. She has worlds and characters just floating around in her head, and she's lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people who support that kind of crazy.

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

Sunday 19 April 2020

TEMPTED BY FIRE by Erin Kellison

Tempted By Fire by Erin Kellison
Book 1 of the Dragons Of Bloodfire series
Read by Bernard Setaro Clark
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: kindle ebook & audiobookAudiobook

About Tempted By Fire:
Dragon shifter Thane Ealdian has waited six hundred years to avenge the loss of his family, and finally a clue has surfaced that implicates an old adversary. Thane will stop at nothing to seek his revenge, but to prevent violence between the clans, the Bloodkin Triad has forced a mediator on him. Some upstart named Emerson Clark...

Emerson is fed up with all Bloodkin and how they've managed to control every aspect of her life. While she doesn’t believe that Bloodkin can shift into dragons — because, really? — she has to admit, they are exceptionally nice to look at. But once the mediation is over, she wants nothing to do with them ever again.

When Thane discovers that the clever and beautiful Emerson is the key to uncovering the truth, he has no intention of letting her go. Although she wants to run, she can’t turn her back on Thane or her intense feelings for him. His quest pulls at her heart, just as his nearness sparks something dangerous inside her. With evil in hot pursuit, sooner or later everything will ignite — the mediation, the shifter within her... and their passions.
Source: Info in the About Tempted By Fire was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25780917-tempted-by-fire on 15/07/2018.

My Thoughts:
Promising start to a new-to-me series.

The world building and the story telling quality were fantastic!! The plot though was a bit thin on the ground. And then I liked the way the narrator gave Thane a growley voice!

At barely five hours listening time, I wouldn't really call this a full novel. However it is a whole lot longer than a novella. Either way, its a quick nice read. Enjoyed the book and would give it a 4.5 out of 5.

Short and sweet.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (4 hrs and 56 mins listening time)
Plot = 2.5
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Dragons Of Bloodfire Series:

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook was downloaded for free, as a freebie item on amazon. The audiobook copy of the book was purchased with private funds. No money received for this review.