Black Woods (BlackWoods Series, #1) by Laura Wright LaRoche

Black Woods (BlackWoods Series, #1)Black Woods by Laura Wright LaRoche
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Laura and Julie are a couple of ladies in their sixties who have grown up exploring the woods their whole life. Every spring the pair spend two months going out daily to mushroom hunt. They also volunteer with the local search and rescue since they know the woods so well. When four young venture into an area known as the Black Woods they find themselves in trouble and needing help.

When this story starts off I really got the feeling all of the characters seemed much younger then they were. Laura and Julie were likable though but the four “boys” are supposed to be in their early twenties but acted very very immature so I really just didn’t care for them at all. The comments about the ugly girl and the fat girl and some of their antics just really turned me off.

However, when it came to the overall story I thought it wasn’t too bad. Found myself thinking I knew how all this would end but the ending ended up something I wasn’t quite expecting and bringing my rating up a bit more.

Overall, a decent quick read, not amazing but not terrible either.

Fade to Black (Awake in the Dark Book 1) by Tim McBain

Fade to Black (Awake in the Dark Book 1)Fade to Black by Tim McBain
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Jeff Grobnagger suffers from seizures and when these occur he dreams the same thing over and over, his own death from a mysterious hooded man. When one of these occur in a public place Jeff meets an older man who thinks he may know what is going on with him and that it may also have something to do with his missing daughter so he asks Jeff’s help to find her.

Starting off with this book I honestly thought I’d end up giving it four of five stars, there are a lot of others that have done so. The first few chapters were great and I really thought I would enjoy it but the further I read the more it lost my interest and just seemed a confusing mix of different ideas that weren’t really fitting together well.

I didn’t really care for Jeff, he kept insisting he was a loner and out for himself which really became a bit annoying to keep stating but then he would end up doing the exact opposite anyway. The story starts off with a bit of a mystery but then adds more and more to it which really don’t even seem to fit together. By the time I got to the end I ended up with one of those that’s it? feelings. Just not my cup of tea I’m afraid.

Overall, lost interest really quickly and really wouldn’t recommend this one.

Splintered Souls (Flames of Time, #1) by Erica Lucke Dean

Splintered Souls (Flames of Time, #1)Splintered Souls by Erica Lucke Dean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In 1654 a soon to be mother turns to a witch to bless her child before it is born. She asks that her baby will always be able to find his soulmate. Little does she know that she is about to give birth to twin boys and this blessing will turn into a curse.

In the present day Ava Flynn gave up her dream to attend Georgetown after the death of her father. She agrees to move with her mother and younger brother and attend the local college to keep the rest of their family together. When Ava spots an intriguing mystery man she feels an instant connection with him.

I would warn that anyone that has an intense dislike of instant love or love triangles would probably not enjoy this story at all but I actually found myself completely hooked on this book and didn’t want to put it down. I enjoyed all of the characters and loved that the author found a way to make the brothers each have their own personality.

This will certainly be one that I will be watching for the next book in the series as my only complaint would be the ending just had to be a cliffhanger.

Overall, curses, time travel and a intense love triangle, would definitely recommend.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fat Vampire (Fat Vampire, #1) by Johnny B. Truant

Fat Vampire (Fat Vampire, #1)Fat Vampire by Johnny B. Truant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reginald Baskin has been overweight and made fun of his whole life and to make matters worse he works in the fitness industry with mostly perfect co-workers that make fun of him. When Reginald tries to befriend one of the only other outcasts at work he gets a bit more than he bargained for. Maurice is actually a vampire and when Reginald’s life is at stake Maurice turns him to save him. Unfortunately for Reginald that means he will forever be 350 pounds and out of shape.

Most of the vampire portions of this book follow the general ideas of vampires… sun will burn them, killed by a stake to the heart, feed on blood etc. The idea however of an out of shape vampire was a new concept and did lead to a few funny parts although not quite as many as I had hoped. Also, it touched on the idea of why vampires are so in shape, they train as humans before being turned thought that was a good add.

Liked Reginald overall and enjoyed the relationship development with Nikki and Claire. Also, the ending was a bit of a surprise there, wasn’t expecting Reginald’s plan and had a bit of an eeww gross moment which was a great add to the horror portion of the book.

Overall, quick read with a few laughs and a bit of horror mixed in.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (The Twilight Saga, #3.5) by Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (The Twilight Saga, #3.5)The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This Twilight novella tells the story of Bree Tanner, a small character introduced in Eclipse. Bree was one of the newborns that Victoria turned to try to form an army to defeat the Cullens. From Bree’s perspective we get a glance at what was going on behind the scenes with Victoria, Riley and the newborn vampires.

Not a bad add to the series although I think my biggest complaint with this was the format of the entire thing was all one long chapter. Even at novella length that was a bit frustrating to just have one long story when it seemed there could have been places to break chapters up.

It was interesting to see the things that were being told to the newborns to try to control them. Bree however really didn’t seem to portray the out of control newborn image we were given in the series. She seemed more in control than she should have although I suppose then it wouldn’t have made a good extra story to get the reader to care about this extra.

Overall, an OK addition to the story if you love the Twilight series.

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