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Book Review: Blood Born @damianarose

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Book Author:  Renee Lake

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Renee has impressed me with this book. As I fell deeper into the story line, I realized just how hard it must have been to write the story.

The main gal is a college freshman and I think her young nature is refreshing and very different from Renee other characters in the other books I’ve read. It was fun reading the social media interaction between the characters, diary entries, and recordings. It gave an extra touch to make it that much more special.

I didn’t even know who I was rooting for until the very end – the romance or the vampire hunters. I felt connected to both parties involved and the ending was executed to perfection.

It may feel a little long but it’s so worth it. I was beaming at the end. Awesome read. This book is for 21 years of age and those who like reading about LGBT romances.

 

Book Review: Dark Inheritance

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Release date: December 14th, 2016. Coming soon to your e-readers!

Book Author: Renee Lake

Source: Was gifted by the author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

Dark Inheritance is told primarily from three point of views (the adult twin siblings) and Rosaline’s daughter. It was good to see the main character of being a mother, added a little spice to the dark story line. It was also a nice touch to add her daughter’s point of view because the girl was doing an homework assignment about the family. With her point of view, we learned what she learned about the family and she was able to tell her mother all about it.
It was good to see her kids being different ages. The author reflected their difference very well in they way of banter, emotions, and events. I’m also embarrassed to say that the teenage conversation over Skype was confusing to me at first… shows my age. Yikes! 😉 (I’m not that old but I’m not a teenager either.) The banter between characters and the descriptions were wonderful to read and added more to the story. Good banter and descriptions really do help out in stories that are mainstreams (like about ghosts).
This is not a novel for everyone and is for readers older than 21. There are some explicit adult details, and if you don’t read novels that have hints of rape, don’t read this one. It’s a good book to read during October, ghosts and all, but really can be read any time. It’s about a family after all and a spooky house.
The ending is a memorable one and leaves room for a future continuation. It would be interesting seeing a short story or novella to see what happens to the burned ‘witches’.

ARC Book Review: The Adventures of Princess Firecracker and Sir Hye Oye

Book Title: The Adventures of Princess Firecracker and Sir Hye Oye 36355378cc7c059af0e3417f01edef916b6d7063

Book Authors: Renee Lake

Illustrator: Katie Vance

Source: Received an ARC copy from the author for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

This is a great children’s book! It is about 30 pages long with illustrations! Perfect for kids because kids love illustrations. The illustrations are cute and help the story.

Princess Firecracker turned 12 years old, which is a big deal for her family because now she has to prove herself as a worthy princess. She takes her trusty companion (a talking cat) by the name of Sir Hye Oye on her quest set by her parents. I love it when there are talking cats, especially if they act like Sir did in the story.

I liked the names of the places. Really imaginative and perfect for the middle grade genre. It was fun reading about the small interactions between the people and the princess.

A fun, great read for all ages.

You can find it on Amazon here: The Adventures of Princess Firecracker and Sir Hye Oye

Publication Date: October 25, 2016. I will remind you all on that day!

Book Review: The Bathory Curse

Title: The Bathory Curse bathorycurse

Author: Renee Lake

Source: Received a free copy for an honest review

My Rating : 4 Dragon Prints4 paws

Before reading The Bathory Curse, I don’t think that I’ve read books that had the ‘real’ Dracula in them. It’s always been about hot young vampires pursuing young mortal girls or young mortal girls fighting against vampires. Renee Lake has the king of the vampires pursue his first wife who became a Strega after she was brought back to life thanks Bendis, Goddess of the Night, Magick, and the Hunt.

However, the short synopsis on Amazon intrigued me. It took me three evenings to finish the novel. The story was well told, though it has missing punctuation, typos, and no family tree. I counted over thirty-three characters which appeared and reappeared through the twenty-four chapter novel. A family tree would certainly help the reader not get lost who is who… especially the women who spent centuries in limbo. Note: The missing punctuation and typos did not stop me from enjoying the story.

It is a story about Dracula’s first wife, Nea who will forever look to be twenty-five years old woman. After she is saved by Bendis, she has to break the curse that has haunted her family for years. Over the years, she gains allies in her strogi, her vampire husband, other Strega, and mortals. So I would say the premise and the plot are very good.

The story is actually quite complex and I would give 5 stars alone for the fact that the author got this story finished and published. I can tell that the research portion of writing this novel took a long time and it was a pleasure reading. My favorite characters are Sabine and Nea. They are great friends.

However, I think that there are areas that can be improved. We see a vampire for the first time in chapter 5, I was waiting to read about a vampire and thought he or should would show up in chapter two or three. In chapter 9, we learn that the Bathory women are part of different lines. I believe that information would have been good to know a little bit earlier because it came as a surprise. Also, I would have liked to see more scenes with Costica. It seemed that there would have been more of him. However, one of my favorite scenes was when Nea, along with her friends, went looking for the flower. It would have been interesting to see what Sabine’s ‘nightmare’ was.

Overall, it was pleasure to read this book. I would recommend to anyone to read it who is okay with adult scenes, dark characteristics, and fantasy aspects about the gods.