Monday, October 16, 2017

Title: Branded by Fire
Series: Blood & Magic #4
Author: Danielle Annett

"I personally am a Kate Daniels fan, and I loved this series." — Amazon Reviewer 

Aria Naveed can’t decide what’s worse—being mate-bonded to Declan Valkenaar, the Alpha of the Pacific Northwest Pack, or owning up to the fact that she’s developing feelings for him. 

Her bond to Declan is the one thing keeping her grounded and preventing her new power from destroying everything and everyone around her. 

If Aria doesn’t tread carefully, especially where her heart is concerned, she’ll learn the hard way that if you play with fire, you'll always get burned. 

If you love Urban Fantasy that packs one hell of a punch, one-click Branded by Fire today! 

The Blood & Magic Series 
Book 1: Cursed by Fire 
Book 2: Kissed by Fire 
Book 3: Burned by Fire 
Book 4: Branded by Fire 


Aria is having issues with her new power, and her mate. She still doesn't know if she should give him a chance or not, but when the bond starts to work in her favor to help her keep her powers stable, things start to shift for her. 

Add in the fact that she has a whole lot of other issues coming into play and you have a very interesting story.

This book was really pretty good. It was pretty short, and sort of ended on a cliffhanger, but it was very good. 

I loved the fact that Aria and her mate are getting closer together, and I look forward to more from them. I also liked how Aria was dealing with her new powers, and I can't wait to figure out what new stuff she will be able to do. 
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by ShootingStars Reviews 5:30 AM No comments

The Beautiful Dead 
Jun Prince
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

Yubin knows she’s different than the other girls in the pop group SIITY. Yes, they all got sucked into the same machine, giving up schooling and signing ridiculously long contracts before anyone knew if they’d be successful, but that’s how pop stars are made in Korea. Yubin is supposed to be thankful for that, but she isn’t. She doesn’t even like the girls she performs with.
She’s more connected to her former schoolmate Jieun, even though all they ever do is text. Over the last two months, Jieun has become her confidant and best friend, connecting Yubin to the real world in a way she desperately needs. Now that SIITY is going to appear on the reality show The Incredible Race: Asia, Yubin will need that connection more than ever, which is why she’s devastated to discover Jieun has been dead five years and is actually haunting her.
If that weren’t enough, Yubin’s not the only SIITY member with issues. Rena’s father is emotionally abusive. Somi has a learning disability, and after a near death experience, Tae-eun becomes a nine-tailed fox woman. The only way they’ll survive the show, each other, and the supernatural currents buffeting them is to work together and win the hearts of their fans. Because if they don’t, they have nothing to go back to even if they survive what’s trying to kill them.
She was still unaccustomed to spirit combat, but a small tempest swirled in the underworld around her. Humans too felt the wind she created, their muscles tightened, and more than a few quickened their pace to evade the chill. Scraps of litter spiraled over real world concrete, and whips of black hair whirled in an angry nimbus around Jieun’s face.
The shadowman looked up. She’d expected empty pits of darkness where eyes should have been, but when the creature ceased feeding, a set of all too human brown eyes that now lacked eyelids appeared in the monster’s head. They contrasted with the rest of its body in that while the majority of the creature lurked in shadow that was darker than everything else in the Dead World, these two spheres burned as if absorbing all the spirit light that should have detailed the shadowman’s body. The flow of spirit energy that connected its ugly mouth to the girl stopped, and the ghost realized that she held the creature’s attention.
The shade of an eerily human face like black paint on even blacker canvas contorted in what could have just as easily been taken for triumph or rage. It unleashed an otherworldly snarl that was anything but human and charged Jieun. Though it had a man’s body, it rushed in an inhuman lope on all fours that seemed more like an animal. Jieun darted out of the way—it wasn’t a conscious thing, and the instinct may well have saved her dead life. If she hadn’t known before, alarm she felt made her certain; ghosts could die a second death.
She whirled after the attack expecting the shadowman behind her but it had vanished. She sighed in relief. Then, without warning she saw the black shape leap from the roof of a magazine stand just outside the subway station. She cried out in alarm, and before its feet had touched the ground its giant mouth fastened on her shoulder. The weight of the attack forced her to the ground, and in a moment of dawning horror she realized it was impossible to escape.
She shrieked. The pain was beyond anything she imagined possible for a spirit to experience. It wasn’t like trailing her fingers through the wall, or even passing completely through a physical object. Those pains were an affirmation of life, cold shocks that, while not comfortable, served as a reminder that she was still in some sense alive. The feeling of her spirit body being torn apart by the shadowman’s teeth seemed as if the devil had run away with God’s scalpel and used it to peel thick ribbons of her soul away from creation.
Though the shadowman looked like and had similar features to a man, it made low growls that were far distant from human speech. It wasn’t a language at all – if it had been she’d have instinctually understood it. It shook its head like a starved wolf and further tore into the fabric of firelines that composed her spirit body. Its breath smelled of rotten flesh, and she could hear the pulse of bestial rhythmic snorting in her ears. She needed a weapon. She didn’t have one. This was it. Jieun would die… this time for real.
Author Bio:
Jun has lived in Asia for the better part of the last decade. During his years in Korea, he made a point of learning about and getting as close to the Korean entertainment industry as possible while writing his first novel "The Beautiful Dead." He enjoys telling stories about monstrous humans and humanized monsters.
He has a MFA from the University of California: Riverside, graduated with a BA in English Cum Laude from the University of Washington Seattle, and attended Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea as an exchange student.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Welcome to the Sunday Post!
 A weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer

 It lets everyone know what happened during our week.. 

 So check it out.

Hey fellow Shooting Stars!! 

Heya everyone! This past few 
weeks have been crazy with a new job I have I'm trying to get in the swing of things, and I haven't had a chance to do the Sunday Post. I hope to get back on that quickly. 

So, the books below are ones I've actually read the last few weeks not just one week. 

I'm looking forward to watching Halloween Movies this month, and tons of Halloween books! 
Until the Stars Align Again, 

Shooting Stars Reviews. 

~Last Week~


New Reviews:

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by ShootingStars Reviews 4:54 PM 4 comments

Title: Edged Blade
Series: Colbana Files #4
Author: J.C. Daniels

In the year since her life was torn apart, Kit Colbana has slowly rebuilt herself. There’s a promise of hope in the relationship with the alpha of the local shapeshifters and she no longer comes screaming into wakefulness. Life’s not perfect but then again, when was it ever?

When her best friend Justin comes to her for help, there’s little question as to what her answer will be. Witches are disappearing and Justin won’t rest until he has answers. Soon, they learn that it’s not just witches who’ve gone missing, but vampires and shifters, too.

Unlikely alliances are forged as Kit and Justin found themselves drawn into a twisted web of lies and betrayal. As the clock counts down and the culprit behind recent disappearances is revealed, those Kit loves the most become the target of somebody who will kill to protect an ugly secret.


It's been a year since something horrible happened to her, and now she's finally trying to get back to where she was with her lover. Things are slowly progressing and she doesn't know which way she wants to go with that. 

Then her best friend is dragging her into some strange cases, and she doesn't know which way is up and who is betraying who. 

This book was not as good as the previous two. It actually felt like the last one ended on a cliffhanger, then nothing was ever said about what happened with that. I felt like I was missing a huge chunk of the story, and that was very annoying. 

Other than that I liked this one for the most, but I hope this doesn't happen again. 
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by ShootingStars Reviews 4:45 PM No comments

Title: Broken Blade
Series: Colbana Files #3
Author: J.C. Daniels

Kit Colbana: assassin, thief, investigator extraordinaire. Now broken. She always expected her past to catch up with her but never like this. Haunted by nightmares and stripped of her identity, she’s retreated to Wolf Haven, the no-man’s land where she found refuge years before. But while she might want to hide away from the rest of the world, the rest of the world isn’t taking the hint.
Dragged kicking and screaming back into life, Kit is thrust head-first into an investigation surrounding the theft of an ancient that she wants nothing to do with. Her instincts tell her it’s a bad idea to just leave the relic lying about, but finding it might be just as bad.
Forced to face her nightmares, she uncovers hidden strength and comes face to face with one of the world’s original monsters.
If she survives the job, she won’t be the same...and neither will those closest to her.


Kit seems to have given up on everything now that she's free, but her friends are going to drag her back to herself no matter what it takes. She and her lover also seem to be taking a break, but she's trying to get better and deal with the issues she's been having. 

This next case may not help her any and it also may not make it where she can stay alive. 
This one sort of skipped over some things it felt like, but I was able to get over that. This one it was really a interesting and heartbreaking to see Kit struggle so much with what was done to her. 

And I hope she and her lover work things out in the end. 
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