Free Fiction Friday #120

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Free Fiction Friday #120! For those of you who are new to this blog, or who may have missed out on the previous Free Fiction Fridays—every Friday I post an article containing 10 fiction e-books that are 100% FREE on Amazon at the time of posting and an additional 5 that are roughly of the same genre, and on sale for less than $5.

I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars, have over 40+ reviews, and are 100 pages minimum—so you can have a hand-picked list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is:  NEW!

NOTE: All the books in the “New” category have been released in the last 90 days – because of this I can’t guarantee they’ve got enough reviews to meet my usual standard, but I try to pick books that look like they are of quality. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new author! I don’t stick to a particular genre when it comes to the “new” category, but sometimes it happens anyway. This depends entirely on the kind of books that are being released and how popular they’ve become. You may notice a lot of a particular genre in this FFF batch, but I assure you this is unintentional.

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Free Fiction Friday #112

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Free Fiction Friday #112! For those of you who are new to this blog, or who may have missed out on the previous Free Fiction Fridays—every Friday I post an article containing 10 fiction e-books that are 100% FREE on Amazon at the time of posting and an additional 5 that are roughly of the same genre, and on sale for less than $5.

I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars, have over 40+ reviews, and are 100 pages minimum—so you can have a hand-picked list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is:  New Fiction!

Note: All of these titles have been published in the last 90 Days and come from an array of different genres – because of this it’s hard to make sure they have 40+ reviews, so there may be some that have less – but who knows, maybe you’ll find an awesome new read!

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Free Fiction Friday #104

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Free Fiction Friday #104! For those of you who are new to this blog, or who may have missed out on the previous Free Fiction Fridays—every Friday I post an article containing 10 fiction e-books that are 100% FREE on Amazon at the time of posting and an additional 5 that are roughly of the same genre, and on sale for less than $5.

I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars, have over 40+ reviews, and are 100 pages minimum—so you can have a hand-picked list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is: NEW!

Note: The following books have been released within the last three months.

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Free Fiction Friday #64

Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Free Fiction Friday #64! For those of you who are new to this blog, or who may have missed out on the previous Free Fiction Fridays, every Friday I post an article containing 10 fiction e-books that are 100% FREE on Amazon at the time of posting, and an additional 5 that are roughly of the same genre and on sale for less than $5. I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars, have over 40+ reviews, and are 100 pages minimum—so that you can get a hand-picked list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is: NEW!

Note: Because the theme for this week is “NEW!”, all books featured here are books that have been published to Amazon in the last 90 days. This means they will not have the amount of reviews that I normally require of my FFF books, but who knows, maybe you’ll find something new you’ll love! Good luck!

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Free Fiction Friday #42

Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Free Fiction Friday #42! For those of you who are new to this blog or who may have missed out on the previous Free Fiction Fridays: every Friday (okay, almost every Friday—I try), I post an article containing 10 fiction e-books that are 100% FREE on Amazon at the time of posting and an additional 5 that are roughly of the same genre and on sale for less than $5. I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars with over 40+ reviews and 100 pages minimum if I can (it isn’t always possible)—so that you can get a list of the best-of the best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things than post, like laundry.) I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is: Brand-Spanking-New! (aka: These all came out in the last 30 days, so pick up something new and give it a chance!) Enjoy!

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Book Review: Change For Me

 

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Title: Change For Me [Alpha’s Kiss 1]

Author: Lynn Red

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

New faces were hard to come by in Fort Branch, Arizona. From the moment she saw Damon, Lily Kyle’s heart was stolen. He and Lily were inseparable, until he finally pushed her too far away.

Despite the distance Damon put between them, Lily never stopped loving him.

Motorcycle riding, rough-around-the-edges Damon King has a complicated life. He’s trying to juggle existence after high school, while attempting to get back the only girl he ever really loved. On top of all that? Damon has to figure out his new role as Alpha of a scattered pack of werewolves.

When Damon learns that Lily is more than just his high school sweetheart – she’s his fated soul mate – he also realizes he’s not the only Alpha in town. Will he be able to protect her, and drive his dangerous rival out of town before it’s too late? Or will his savage, feral werewolf rival tear Fort Branch apart and claim Lily first?

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I read this book as part of the Fated Mates Box Set, so I am planning to give a review to each individual book in the set, and then the set as a whole at a later date. There are twelve books in the set, and it is currently for sale on Amazon for $0.99 at the time this review was written. This is book 3 of 12.

I really enjoyed this book. On the technical side of things, the story was fairly well written. There were a few misspellings and odd word order choices that threw me here and there, but they were few and far between. The narrative was engaging, and written in a voice (the voice of Lily) which was very personal and entertaining. It had a tendency to swim around in Lily’s head throughout the story, really showing off her thought processes and inner feelings – which I think helped to really draw me into the story.

The world building in this story was somewhat confusing to grasp—mostly because the main characters were kept in the dark for the majority of the story and didn’t know what was going on either. Subsequently, it was a little hard to grasp the intricacies of the two clans of werewolves, why they were fighting, and the rules of hierarchy and ascension into become a shifter. In the end, it really didn’t matter though. The core of this story was about Lily and how her world got turned upside down by the power struggle between Damon and Devin.

I will say, one of the few aspects of the story that I think really could have been improved, was the pace. It moved along quite slowly (though steadily). The romance and the plotline took what seemed like forever to develop, and so at times, I found myself skimming over some aspects of the story (as with the sex scenes which were easily 4-6 pages long) and the confusing discussions between Lily, Poko, and Damon. Though the pace was slow, for the most part, I still found the book engaging. I had a hard time peeling myself away from the story, and I was genuinely concerned for the characters.

I wish more time had been spent on the supernatural aspect of the story as far as the world building went, but I was happy to see that the author went into detail about the transformations of the shifters. I could imagine the sequences quite well, and it brought an aspect of believability to what was going on.

Overall, I really liked the story. I wish it had moved a little faster and more time had been spent on developing the world building, but I think the characterization and narrative were strong. I’d certainly read it again, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes shifter-romances.

Book Review: Found

 

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Title: Found [The Crescent Chronicles 3]

Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Urban

Rating: 4 Stars

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Levi might be hot, strong, and have a cool set of wings, but it’s not enough to make up for keeping Allie in the dark.

Allie’s tired of being left with more questions than answers. She’s tired of loving a guy who refuses to level with her. Most of all, she’s tired of her life spinning out of control.

Desperate to save Jess no matter the personal cost, Allie has to face the possibility that the only one she can trust is herself.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I think out of the three books in this series, Found is possibly my favorite, though it’s hard to explain why. Like the previous books, this one followed a very similar pattern to me of what did and did not work. The technical side of the writing was well-paced and well-written. I didn’t notice any grammatical, spelling, or punctuation mistakes, and the whole book kept a pretty even, jaunty pace throughout. I didn’t feel rushed, and I didn’t feel bogged down.

Like it’s predecessors, it did lack a bit of detail. The author has this somewhat frustrating penchant for never describing the atmosphere and visual aspects of any of the locals in these books. Instead, it seems the smallest, most irrelevant things (like the dresses that at this point we know are always going to be short and red) usually hog all the descriptive detail. I’ve gotten used to it over the course of the trilogy, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t express my displeasure.

As for the world building: we’re still talking bare bones. The world the author has painted for us in the Crescent Chronicles is one that I feel had a lot of potential. There’s this ominous court of supernaturals and an unfathomable hierarchy of creatures and royalty that is never truly explained. I would have loved to see the world filled out a little more, because I think given some more time, the author could have made it truly spectacular, but as it stands, the supernatural aspect of these books feels almost like a side-note to the true core of this story: the characterization.

The characters of this trilogy are truly the high-point of the author’s abilities. Regardless of the sometimes sickeningly sweet dialogue between the main couple, for the most part, the characters act with a great deal of depth and believability throughout this series. They aren’t always rational, pleasant, or smart people, but they act as I’d expect any true person to act. They are fallible and likeable—and that is a great indicator of the author’s writing ability.

I really enjoyed the dynamics of the character’s relationships this time around. Unlike the first two books, I didn’t feel quite as frustrated with Allie and Levi’s relationship—though I will admit that I was a bit creeped out by the fact he knew what she was and never said anything. Seriously, can the guy not act like an ass for once? Still, I was happy to see the couple going strong, and I really enjoyed getting the chance to get to know some of the other characters better in this installment to the series.

I will say: The sex scenes didn’t get any better—and believe me, there are a ton of them in this story. It’s odd to me that the author would include so many sex scenes and yet every single one of them feels incomplete and glossed over. They aren’t steamy in the slightest, in fact, for the most part, huge sections of the scenes are skipped over. It’s as if the author leads up with the urgency for the act, goes through the motions of stripping the characters down, and then POOF, it’s the end and they’re talking about how awesome it is. I want to see the awesome! I don’t know if the author is uncomfortable with the sex scenes (which seems silly considering how many scenes there are) or if she simply isn’t good at writing them. Regardless, they certainly left something to be desired, and didn’t improve even this far into the series.

That aside, I really enjoyed the book. There was a lot more action, mystery, and thrills involved in this installment that kept me enthralled right up until the very end, and I enjoyed nearly every moment of it. It was nice to see Allie finally stepping up and showing some of that kick-ass attitude I always suspected she had, and while the ending was a little overly mushy for my tastes, I was happy with how the issue of the throne resolved itself between the three contenders.

Would I read this again? Certainly. Though I didn’t expect to, I really enjoyed the series. Would I recommend it? Without a doubt. I know I’ll be watching out for more of the author’s work. I would like to say though: If you really want to enjoy this series, you can’t expect to go into these stories thinking of this like your typical paranormal romance. If you do, you’ll be disappointed. The strength in this series lies with the characterizations of the characters, not necessarily in the world building or the sexy bits like most novels in these genre’s. I think with an open mind, it could be very easy to enjoy this series…just leave your preconceptions at the door.