A VVivacious Review: The Poison Within (Inspector Skaer #1) by Kasia Bacon

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
 
Inspector Kayru Skaer has fallen in love with his aristocratic lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jann, an action he considers to be full of folly. Because as he rightly suspects their society will never be accepting of a love between two people from such different classes of society especially if the relationship were to show any sign of permanency. As things would have it this is going to be the least of his worries with his lover presenting with the early signs of a hereditary lung disease which has proven to be fatal and three viciously murdered dead bodies to contend with.
 
I quite liked this story. It is short and sweet but engages the reader in a way that you really can’t stop reading. I really love the way this author writes, because it never fails to arrest my attention and simultaneously gets me really invested in the characters and their story.
 
This is a paranormal established couple romance with elements of mystery though I think I should warn people that it is not much of a mystery as things get clarified pretty early on but I think that this was a decision in favour of the story because it helped bring the focus on Elly and Kayru.
 
I absolutely loved Kayru and Elly, their relationship is simply adorable and I know for a fact that their relationship is something that I want to know more about and I also desperately want to know more about these two. They made for such interesting characters, from different societal classes but despite all odds in love.
 
I think overall this story is quite commendable despite the fact that the author doesn’t try to draw out the mystery with suspense. This book had some really strong characters in Yben and Eryssa. I found both characters to be immensely interesting especially Eryssa considering she is a furia, a species I have never encountered. Also I wonder if there is any difference between the furia and the vampers and if they both need blood to survive. Also I loved how the author has drawn from current events to write this story it added a whole new dimension to this story which would have otherwise never have existed because I think somewhere along the way I felt that these events were not only relatable but something that gave a perspective to both worlds.
 
This story has managed to capture my interest and I am definitely hooked onto these characters. I can’t wait to read more.
 
Cover Art by Kudi-Design. The cover is amazing.
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Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 51 pages
Published March 18th 2017
ASINB06XFGX3BT
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesInspector Skaer #1
CharactersInspector Käyru Skaer, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn or ‘Elly’ settingRadvadur (the western province of the Empire)

A VVivacious Review: A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove

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Rating: 3.75 Stars out of 5
 
Nate has been able to see ghosts since he was twelve but ever since then, the ghosts in his life have seen him labelled as a freak and become the high school outcast, till James Powell, the new guy in school sits beside him in lunch. But even if Nate can find a friend and maybe, more in James, the question is will James stick around once he finds out the truth?
 
James has issues, his brother recently died and he doesn’t believe that his death was just an accident. Being friends with Nate might just be the thing that lifts up his spirits but he isn’t ready to give up the ghost of his brother yet. What he doesn’t know is that Nate might have all the answers to his questions, if he is just ready to believe him
 
This book is a new adult romance and it combines the loneliness of being an outcast with the giddiness of falling in love for the first time. The fact that Nate can see ghosts doesn’t impact the present of this story very much it is used more as a tool for setting up the story. Basically don’t expect him to be mediating ghosts or solving their unfinished businesses so that they can move on, which was something that I was maybe expecting somewhere in the back of my mind but it doesn’t happen a fact that I later enjoyed because it let the romance be the focus. I feel like the allegory of seeing ghosts is just a metaphor for being accepted for who you are cracks and all or in this case seeing ghosts and all.
 
I liked the writing and the premise for this book about having a secret and how it impacts how you approach love especially if you think that your secret might lead to rejection. But even though this book had me interested and invested in the story, a lot of the side characters rubbed me the wrong way especially in the beginning, either because by the end I had gotten used to them or more likely because of the fact that the author had more of a handle on them later. Nate’s Nana was one such character. I just couldn’t get behind her. She seemed to drop in on Nate at all times and made the words “invasion of privacy” pop up in my head a bit too much. I just didn’t get the need for such a character because she was dead and her presence just seemed important to keep reminding us that Nate could see ghosts.
 
Also I couldn’t get behind the concept (I say concept because she is not actually a character in this book) of Nate’s mother, I just don’t get why she would reject Nate just because he saw ghosts. A person facing this situation unprepared might get frazzled, leading to a sense of incompetence which might make you feel inadequate enough that you push away your own child but how does a woman who grew up with a mother able to perceive ghosts, even if in a limited way, become unable to handle a similar situation in her son. In the first place I don’t get why she was frightened it was not like she could see them even if Nate were to tell her they were there and the whole point being that wouldn’t she be used to the fact that there were ghosts around by this point seeing as she had probably grown up knowing ghosts existed. I just don’t get how Nate’s mother is ever going to be anywhere close to being worthy of forgiveness. Also, I feel like this dislike towards Nate’s mother rubbed of a little on my perception of Sarah, Nate’s sister. I just didn’t get how she could be a happy-go-lucky person when her mother could possibly abandon her if she was even a little bit different from the mould and also then turn against family members who tried to help. And the worst part is that this was not only a fable for Sarah because she saw her brother every day at school, if that doesn’t make for a messed up childhood, I don’t know what qualifies.
 
Okay so that’s the end of my rant, now onto what I loved about this book. I loved Nate and James they were two wonderful characters apart and together. Nate had this quiet strength about him that he would fight and stay afloat no matter how much life threw him down. On the other hand what I loved about James is that he never took the easy way, he took the hard path because it was right and stayed his course. These two were just so amazing together, seeing them fall in love made me crave that sensation of falling in love for the first time.
 
I loved how their story is constructed – slow and sweet, it takes its time building up before giving us what we want. It was fun reading their story, seeing these two navigate the path to finding love and happiness. I really hope this is the beginning to Nate finally taking chances and making friends now that he knows that people are capable of accepting him.
 
I really liked this story because of its main characters and the way the plot unfolds because the story is just magical, it seems to flood you with the feelings of acceptance and love which make you smile and enjoy the ride.
 
Cover Art by Natasha Snow. The cover is beautiful.
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Expected publication: March 20th 2017 by NineStar Press
ISBN139781945952753
Edition LanguageEnglish

A VVivacious Review: The Puritan Pirate by Jules Radcliffe

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Rating: 3.75 Stars out of 5

 

the-puritan-pirateLieutenant Thomas Peregrine finds himself in a rather unusual position. He is serving as a naval liaison on the pirate ship, Audacious. He keeps to himself but he is unable to control his attraction to Gabriel Quinn, the sailing master of the Defiant. But one drunken night reveals one too many secrets and Gabe & Thomas find themselves on the way to a deeper connection. But when the Defiant finds itself in mighty trouble, what will Gabe’s fate be and will Thomas be able to survive it…

 

I liked this book quite a lot. It is an interesting read with well fleshed out characters and a daring plot.

 

This book uses a lot of words which are no longer in popular use and there are lots of phrases in different languages. So yeah sometimes I used to get stuck on certain words and phrases because I had no idea what they meant. Also this book is based in the West Indies and the book makes ample use of the tumultuous political scenario the countries of the Indies were facing in the late 17th century. Since I truly have no idea about the history of the Indies somethings definitely went over my head but I felt like the book definitely makes use of history to consolidate its plot. Alas, I have no idea about this history or how accurately it is depicted in this book.

 

What I loved about this book was the plot and our main characters.

 

The plot of the book is quite well written and it was interesting to read about naval warfare. For one it is very different than land warfare and has its own appeal. I loved the story of this book and its intricacies. The plot is simple but very well-executed and the book is well paced so you don’t lose interest.

 

My favourite part of this book was Gabriel and Thomas. I like the personalities of both characters, wherein Thomas is a guy firmly in control and Gabriel is just a happy-go-lucky kind of guy who can’t wait to break Thomas’ facade. But these two together were simply, hot. I mean the sex scenes between these two characters are some of the best I have ever read. I loved how the author wrote about the domination and submission between these two characters and I appreciated the fluidity of it.

 

Overall this book is a hot and interesting read.

 

Cover Art by Valerie Tibbs. I liked the cover, it complements the story.

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ebook
Published January 3rd 2017 by Loose Id
Original TitleThe Puritan Pirate
ISBN139781682523018
Edition LanguageEnglish