#Bookreview: Crimson Bite by Ben Alderson and Danielle Rose

“In the sleepy town of Hillcrest, supernaturals need not hide in the shadows…”

Goodreads blurb

Savannah Danvers broke the rules by killing a human whilst feeding. As a natural born vampire, she has certain perks, however, things get tricky when she finds herself in werewolf territory during a full moon…

George Alcott is a witch and Savi’s best friends, but even best friends can hide dark secrets in their closet, and George is not the exception. So when the town’s Elders are looking to find the truth, they need to find a way to keep these secrets buries before it buries them!


Genre: Paranormal, Ya
Year Of Publication: 25.12.2018
Pages: 300
My rating: 2.5 – 3 stars (liked it)

Crimson Bites was kindly sent for review by the author.

I have mixed feelings about Crimson bite because although I loved the concept and certain aspects of the characters, I struggled to warm up to either of the main characters and the plot was a bit thin.

Savi is a born vampire and goes against the rules and kills humans whilst feeding, something that she seems to be struggling with, however, I have not felt her truly battling with her demons. Her attitude was vastly arrogant and superior and feels bad only when she is faced with the consequences of her actions. I did warm up to her towards the end a little, but I found her overall to uncaring towards others, including her best friend and even her brother. George was far more likeable, trying to cope with the unspeakable acts his mother is making him do in the name of “justice”. I would’ve liked him even more if he would’ve stood up to his mother a lot more from the beginning – I struggled to get behind him whilst he was doing all of these. I really liked the scenes between him and Chad, their relationship was my favourite bit.

The writing was good, although I was worried initially that I would “tell” who wrote what, but it flown seamlessly and blended together really well.

Although I have liked reading Crimson Bite, I did not feel that there was much going on in terms of plot movement and there were some pacing problems, especially to begin with. This might also be because I have certain expectations from urban/paranormal and not all have been met. All being said, I did enjoy the story!

The story ends on a cliffhanger, but the next instalment is out on the 8th of January 2019.

XOXO
Jane

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The frozen witch by Odette C. Bell (book review)

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Lilly White opens a strange box which puts her into the path of the God of Revenge himself because the box is not an usual box…

I picked up this book firstly because it has a pretty-pretty cover, and secondly because it features witches. The frozen witch starts with a really good premise when Lilly gets herself in trouble by touching a box owned by the Gof of Revenge and it awakens powers inside of her. In order to pay for her sins now, Lily much work for Vali and bring in other sinners in order to become free again. The story is fast-paced, full of adventures, and although I loved it to bits and read it in one sitting, it feels like sometimes it lacked further development and became too rush in the quest to having things happening sooner rather than later and therefore the plot had to suffer in places. The descriptions were spot on which enabled the reader to immerse into the world. SONY DSC

In terms of characters, sometimes Lilly proved to be quite annoying, especially when she was – quite often – a quivering mess in the presence of brooding Vali. I gather that he is THE Alpha male, full of sex appeal, and manliness, and god-ness (sic!), but surely she could contain herself. The plot however, it was not in Lilly’s favour as she was mainly told to do things and expect to do or die without being explained why and how to do things! She was given a magic gun and wasn’t even told how to use it. Other characters that were supposed to support and guide her more often than not gave half the information she needed in order to achieve her goals. I was quite proud of her for managing to achieve things despite these issues.

Lilly’s relationship with Vali  is obviously strained throughout the story, partly due to her own faults, and partly to the fact that Vali seems to have two alternating personalities, however there is a flicker of romance between the two. Personally I would’ve liked to see more positive interaction between them two which would’ve made the story much better.

Overall I liked the read! I actually gulped it down, then moved to the next book, devoured that one too before finishing book thee as well. happy-jelloFlaws and all, this entire series kept me wanting more, and more.

Book four just got out in February so I am looking forward to see what happens next!

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The forever girl by Rebecca Hamilton

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“My mum died during an exorcism on my eighteenth birthday. On the same day, an ever-present static moved into my head like a squatter I couldn’t evict.” 

That’s how the story starts. Sophia Parsons is 22 years old Wiccan and the town’s weirdo and a waitress. It is believed she has something to do with some unsolved murders, but that’s not her problem. Her problem is that buzzing from her head which doesn’t want to go away. One night, she performs a ritual which goes wrong. When she reads her Great Grandpa’s old books, she finds between those pages a very old document about the witchcraft trials in 1692. Elizabeth Parsons is her ancestor and a Salem Witch whose body disappeared after execution. Sophia decides that finding the truth about what happened to her ancestor and who she really was as it might be the key to stopping the voices in her head…

The start of the book was fantastic. I loved the intrigue and that sort of Carrie-hate that she had to deal with on a daily basis. Sophia gave me the feeling of a strong, independent woman; until she met Charles. They have this hot and cold Lindsay-Lohan-Facepalm-Reaction-Gif-On-The-Parent-Traprelationship which doesn’t feel real to me. After he saves her after the incident at the club, he sort of stalks her, gives mixed messages and mainly being a jerk. They move in together just so he could protect her from this evil dude. He is this immortal creature, while she is a human and her biggest issue is that he isn’t willing to give up his immortality to age with her. Really? That’s your problem? Not the fact that you are chased by this Marcus who wants you for some strange reason and weird shit is happening around you?

Also, the fact that story kept on jumping big chunks of time ahead, didn’t help with creating a believable relationship between them. I didn’t feel them as a couple and I had to urge to hit her in the head several times because she kept on behaving like a child. I get it, she feels like a weirdo with mum issues and supernatural entities all around her to make her hormonal, but bitch, you don’t keep secrets from the only people that can help you, especially from that guy who loves you.

The writing style was good. Rebecca has a way with words, it sounds and looks good. In comparison with either authors out there, she did a great job writing the book. Unfortunately, I felt like the plot lacked big time. The story starts all interesting and hinting at amazing adventures, but nothing much happens until the end. It is a long string of character interactions and moaning, especially from Sophia who doesn’t understand quite a few basic things. I don’t hate her, but I don’t like her either. I got frustrated that she constantly forgot what her goals were; “mission” more, bitch less. I felt like I was expecting her to do more, find out what was going on and start pulling the reins and control what was happening.

The world and its laws were so convoluted at some point that I did lost track of what the hell was happening. Especially since Charles or Ivory kept on dropping once in a while little bits of information, but not enough to help me understand what the hell was going on. I do applaud her for trying to spice things a little bit and say that cruors are vampires and strigoi are shape-shifters, but this made it a whole lotta-mess in my head. Especially since strigoi, in the Romanian language (and I am Romanian), refers to a sort of vampire who feeds on energy; that annoyed me a little.

I did like the action scenes and the big, awesome reveal at the end. My jaw literally fell on the floor. Probably, if the book would’ve been more condensed, it would’ve been better as I had to actually skim through some boring bits with my super-fast reading skills. I wish Sophia would’ve been a bit more hands on and take control of what was happening in her life, especially since it was clear, at least for the reader, that she had some kind of supernatural powers. Overall, I liked the book and the story, but it’s not a 5 stars books for me.

This is a fan-made trailer for the book: