The Black Mage: First Year

The Black Mage: First Year by Rachel E. Carter

Before the age of seventeen the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice -follow tradition, or pursue a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight or mage…

the black mage first yearFor 15-year-old Ryiah the choice has always been easy. Become a warrior and leave the boring confines of her lowborn life behind. Set to enroll in the School of Knighthood on the eve of her next birthday, plans suddenly shift when her twin brother discovers powers. Hoping that hers will soon follow, she enrolls with Alex at the Academy instead -the realm’s most notorious war school for those with magic.

Yet when she arrives Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Every “first-year” is given a trial year to prove their worth -and no amount of hard work and drive will guarantee them a spot. It seems like everyone is rooting for her to fail -and first and foremost among them Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.

When an accidental encounter leads Ryiah and Darren to an unlikely friendship she is convinced nothing good will come of it. But the lines become blurred when she begins to improve -and soon she is a key competitor for the faction of Combat… Still, nothing is ever as it seems -and when the world comes crashing down around her, Ry is forced to place faith in the one thing she can believe in -herself. Will it be enough?

 

After Ryiah and her brother Alex travel for days to get to the Academy having a run in with dangerous bandits where Ryiah discovered she really had magic and almost getting trampled by the royal court they finally make it where the real work starts. After Ry and her new friend insults Prince Darren in front of everyone they get off on the wrong foot which doesn’t help since Ryiah keeps bumping into him and they slug insults at each other which just makes Ry more determine to become an apprentice. After getting behind the second day she decides to hide and stay late in the library so she can get caught up when she discovers she’s not the only one that does. Prince Darren the non-hair stays too. This starts their unlikely and odd friendship where Ry forces him to help and insults and injures him plenty, but that doesn’t seem to stop him. Even though Priscilla seems to think that she is going to be engaged to the non-heir it doesn’t stop him from helping Ry, which just pushes Priscilla to hate Ry even more and doesn’t help that they seem to always be pinned against each other when clearly Priscilla is stronger then her. Towards the end of the First Year the competition starts to get brutal and Ry and the non-heir have an out when he helps Priscilla to hazes her. This book will leave you asking: What’s going to happen between Ry and the Prince? Are Ella and Alex going to end up together? Why does Ella hate the prince so much? Which 15 will get an Apprenticeship, and will Ry be among them?

I like the play between the characters in this book. Prince Darren really pushes Ry to be better and subtly helps her with her powers and fighting technique. He is actually a pretty good friend to her even if it takes Ryiah a while to figure it out and when she does she goes and apologizes to him, which he ruins by helping with the hazing that happens and Ry ends up heart broken. I love Ella and Ry’s friendship! Ella tells it like it is and I love her for it though she is strong she is hiding something and she doesn’t want anyone to know. Ella reminds me of my older sister who is always there for me.

I give this book 4 stars it’s a really good read and the next book is even better! I read this whole book on my drive from my parents place to Chicago for my cousins graduation I only put it down a 30 minute nap on the drive there and for breakfast.

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Until next time Enjoy and Read On!

Morgan 🙂

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Maps, Artifacts, and Other Arcane Magic (Dowser Series Book 5)

Maps, Artifacts, and Other Arcane Magic (Dowser Series Book 5) by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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We start off with Jade lost in the library in nexus… again, but that’s not all there happens to be a book (Tome) attacking her. Poor clueless, and slow Jade, Thank goodness Drake is there to help find her way all it costs is a few cupcakes, but he also happens to be barring of a piece of paper from the Chi Wen, the far seer, she’s scared of him because she doesn’t like seeing the terrible futures from him. This time however it it’s a charcoal drawing from the oracle Rochelle which happens to help her unlock the next part of the map. That’s right! The half witch half dragon is at it again in this book. She is off on a new adventure well part of the adventure found her and destroyed to bakery Cake in a Cup. yes that’s right Cake in a Cup becomes a war zone in the begging on of the book where the crazy little 4 year-old- dragon she three months prior. She is still as crazy now as she was back then and she wants Jade’s Necklace and jade knife. After absorbing the magic from the necklace with Jade’s help the crazy 4 year old turns into a Crazy and less cute teenager, and hey guess what now she’s got a name, Shailaja. Shailaja takes the map and disappears along with her shadow leeches.

Jade, Vampire Kett and hottie dragon Warner are off to find and collect the next Instruments of Assassination before Shailaja can get her hands on them. on the way Jade meets some people and magic when she goes into a club just for Adepts. (Maybe we’ll see them again in the next book?!?!?) So of course we get to see Jade Dance and have fun and Warner even joins in on the fun. Follow Jade and her friends through the twists and turns of this incredible story! And all I got to say about the end is about TIME!!!

The only thing I didn’t like was that there wasn’t enough Kandy, the green haired werewolf, I know she’s healing with her pack but I missed her in this book. one text  and a phone call wasn’t enough! I need my girl time!

I give this book 5 stars and 2 thumps up! please leave me a comment below! 🙂

Until next time, Read On and Enjoy!

Morgan 🙂

Haven’t read this series? No worries start here with book 1 Cupcakes Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic (PS: it’s Free) and check out my book review too!

Feed the Flames (Steel & Stone) book 3.5

Feed the Flames (Steel & Stone) book 3.5 by Annette Marie

this is a kindleunlimited book!

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Seiya and Lyre’s story

Seiya wakes up confused in a cell, at first she’s afraid that she’s back in Asphodel, back in the hands of her and Ash’s old master. She realizes she’s in the Ra embassy when she connects to Zala, her dragonet, through their bond. Lyre is out for a few days and in that time Seyia blames Piper for what has happen. After Lyre finally wakes up they start trying to figure out how the escape and that’s when he shares a secret with Seiya that might just be able t save them both. Before they can start Massehet Ra enters and explains that they will be sold, Seiya to the highest bidder who just happens to be her old master, and Lyre back to his family, which leads Seiya to wonder just who is he.

Day after day Lyre tries to active their escape plan and in this time they argue about Piper and Ash, it finally works just as the Ra soldiers come for them. The only have magic for 15 minutes. 15 minutes to try and escape the embassy. In this book Seiya might just figure out that there are others to fight for besides Ash and that maybe Lyre is like Piper someone with fighting for.

I really enjoyed this short because you get to see why Seiya is the way she is. we also learn what might have happened during Piper’s fall in the last book. It was just what I needed to hold me off until Reap the Shadows comes out on October 16.

I rate this a 3 since it was a short but it’s a good quick read!

Until next time! Read On and Enjoy!

Morgan

Haven’t read this series? start here with book 1 Chase the Dark.

Thief: The Scarab Beetle Series (The Academy) Book 1

Thief by C.L Stone

academy 1Kayli’s life changed when her mom died, she had to start supporting herself and her younger brother Will because their dad stopped caring and became a drunken ass who beats them when he doesn’t had money to drink or women. Kayli tries to keep Will in school and safe no matter what it takes and unfortunately that means she has to pickpockets just to make rent every month. that doesn’t mean she goes after old ladies and kids, Kayli targets grown men who could protect themselves if they wanted and she never takes all the money just what she needs to get by. One day she was really short on cash and she needed a good pick to make rent but the mall was slow until she found a guy where a red jacket. as she was picking his pocket this guy with mismatch eyes working the pretzel stand. That was the moment her life changed again and maybe just maybe it’s for the better. After being chased through the mall not only by the red jacket and pretzel guy but two very good looking twins she makes it back to the Hotel where she is living, because her father has gotten them kicked out of everywhere else, to take care of her brother. the next morning she leaves him a donut and heads out the pickpocket because rent is due and she doesn’t want to end up on the street. Little did she know when she pickpockets an older man that she would end up back with mister mismatch and he team of good looking man. they need her to pickpocket Coaltar a very wealthy and good looking man because they think he is up to no good and need his card key to break into an office. In return they paid for their rent for the month and they’ll help her get any job she wants, a little bonus is they help her brother Will get into college.

During the mission Kayli gets a little to close to Coaltar and ends up on his radar which means that she has to stay with the guys a little longer while they figure out what he is up too. She doesn’t like this because she wants to get back to her brother Will before he worries even though she left him a note. As she stays with the guys she starts to feel comfortable and safe, something she hasn’t felt in a while and many of them have offered for her to stay with them and she starts to develop feelings for a few of them. She wants to trust them but she doesn’t know if she can trust this mysterious Academy.

This book is full of very good looking guys! Most books you can chose which guy you want the lead to fall for but all of these guys are amazing in their own way and I can’t pick which one I like for her more. She has a couple steam make outs with a few guys in this book. It’ll keep you guessing about what Coaltar is up too. The end is a cliff hanger but that’s okay because you can to go and buy the next book to continue the story.

Kayli is a very strong female character. She’s very smart and able to think on her feet, even though she does make some questionable decisions mainly one involving a nail gun. She has relied on herself for way to long and being here with the guys having them take some things off her plate leaves her a little confused and disbelieving. Though she has figured a lot out she still wants to know more about the Academy.

I rate this book with 4 stars. It is so good! it’s full of adventure and hot guys. Leave me a comment below please!

Enjoy and Read On.

Morgan 🙂

Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram

Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram

Serial hottieEllie’s (Eleanor) three best friends the J’s left her this summer to go to hockey camp which she could not attend because she was unluckily a girl and not a boy. Now bored with nothing to she finds something new to do. She spies on her hot new neighbor work out. That’s completely normal and not freaky at all! (lol well if I had a hot neighbor growing up that’s what I would have done, well I lived in between two prom kings, but they were like my brothers I didn’t like check them out!)  It was all going good until they locked eyes while she was spying on him across the street in her room. after being caught not only by Her hot new neighbor her sister happen to catch her too. Angela, her girlie girl, miss perfect sister, with her perfect blonde hair. Ugh, just the girl new guy would probably want.

After her embarrassing morning Ellie went on a skate looking around the neighborhood for the Haskins dog, Bruno. She didn’t find him and as she came home pulling her helmet off Bruno comes running over excitedly at Ellie while she still had her skates on. Needless to say the boxer knocked her over and now she laying on the driveway with a concussion and blood all over the place, with a dog licking her face. Suddenly Bruno yelps and the new guy is leaning over her holding a Taser. He shocks her by calling her by her name when they haven’t even met and then as she lies there on the ground with him helping her not realizing it she starts to say her thoughts at loud.

When she comes home from the hospital she is left at home with painkillers and she wakes up to find Seth (she learns his name) playing her Xbox in her room. And if that’s not enough to freak her out the little encounter when he has you pin to her bed asking her if she’s ever been kissed before has her really freaked. in the days that follow Seth creeps her our more and more by stalking her and if that isn’t bad enough there is a serial killer out killing girls that share a strange resemblance to Ellie.

Ellie starts to think that maybe Seth is the killer when they are car shopping and he weirds her out by talking so intensely about serial killings. She tries to convince her sister that Seth is the Saturday Night Slasher, but she won’t listen and tries to hook them up, even though Ellie insists that Seth is creepy in a likes-to-drown-kittens-for-fun, kind of way (her words not mine, but yeah the guy is a little creepy). But even after he “attacks” her in her driveway, pins her down, and kidnaps her she can’t help but feel things for him when he’s being completely sweet. Eventually, his sweetness wins her over, Plus the hot way he tells her you’re my girlfriend and you have no choice in the matter, makes her swoon for him. And oddly enough now her sister agrees with her that he is the Saturday Night Slasher because there are just when too many things that link them together.

Join Ellie on this crazy and deadly adventure to find out in her extremely hot next door neighbor in the Serial Killer or just a Serial Hottie.

I really liked this book, it was so funny! And Ellie is a tomboy character that you don’t read about a lot in books. she really is an original character. Seth is the first guy who has ever treated Ellie like a girl and she has no idea how to handle it and well lets just say it doesn’t go over very well and it doesn’t help that Seth is VERY intense. Ellie is now experiencing all these new emotions and feelings and she doesn’t know what to do with them. She’s also really confused about Seth she doesn’t know if she can trust him and when she finally does she gets through for a loop when she hears news that he might actually be the killer.

Angela is Ellie’s opposite and I love how in this crazy summer these two become so close! Angela really tries to help Ellie through this hard time in her life finally needing to manage boys and trying to figure out how to be a girl. Although Angela over steps a lot in this book you can tell she really cares about her little sister and just wants to be there for her and even their parents are really surprised when they finally see their daughters hugging it out after they lock them into the office to talk things out.

Seth! What can I say about Seth besides, um hello, he is hot and a bad ass! Seth really likes Ellie I mean the guy picked to live in a crappy house without a/c just because he saw Ellie. She stole his heart right away. He tries so hard to win Ellie’s heart but he is so confused on how to did it because he has never meant anyone like her and she herself doesn’t know these feelings she experiencing. No matter what he tries he comes off weird and creepy and just way too intense for Ellie. But Seth just keeps trying and trying because he is so determined to win her.

I give this book 5 stars it’s a good read that I think a lot of you will enjoy. Kelly Oram is a great writer and you should really check out the other books she has written as well.

Enjoy and Read On!

Morgan!

More about Mo. How I Review Books!

So I thought I do a little post about myself so you could get to know me a little better. My name is Morgan and my nickname is Mo (if you couldn’t tell lol) and also Mostaz. I love reading! I just eat books up! in fact this weekend I read three books! They were really good and someday I’ll get a book review up about them so then you can read and enjoy them yourself.

When I review a book on my site I rate them because I feel like I should but just know that if I’m taking the time to write a review about a book and sharing with you it’s because I really loved the book and I want to share it with you all! I won’t post about a book I didn’t like unless I told you that I was reading the book before I finished it or I guess I’ll share one if I really disliked a book and I feel like it would be a waste of your time. Now, when I’m reviewing a book I’m not going to be an editor and complain about grammar and spelling errors they happen and I’m not going to judge a book by little mistakes, I can look past all of that and see that there is a great story there. Now, if the book is full of five word sentences and lots of he said, she said, or just in general sounds like a fifth grader wrote it I probably gave up on the book and stopped reading. That kind of writing gives me a headache and I wonder how it got published.

Before every book review I reread the book. even if I just read it I reread it and highlight and write down things that I want to mention in my post or I write about what I think about the characters and I most defiantly highlight parts that make my laugh or I can relate to because to me that’s what makes a book! I love it when a book can make me feel some deep emotion weather it’s happy, sad, or even embarrassment I LOVE IT! I just eat that stuff up! If a book can’t make me feel it’s not going to go up on my blog, at least not with a good review.

Right now, I’m rereading Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram, and hopefully i’ll have a review up for you tomorrow afternoon if my baby girl Raylie takes her nap like she’s suppose to (teething what can ya do. The poor thing :(. )

Well until next time.

Enjoy and Read On!

Morgan 🙂

 

Croak book 1

Croak by Gina Damico

croakWe start the story in the principal’s office where Lex, the bad of the two twins, is once again in trouble for fighting. Her latest offence biting Logan Hochspring on the arm. And when her father asks “You bite his arm?”

She simply says “He called me a wannabe vampire, what was I supposed to do?” hahaha I would have LOVED to have seen that fight! I could just image it in my head! Logan everyone would be completely shocked as they saw his arm in her mouth and him then screaming in pain.

not knowing what else to do her parents decide to send her off to uncle Mort’s “farm”, but once she enters the small town of Croak, which has an oddly accurate population sign, she discovers that this might just be the place for her and her uncle does not own a farm at all. in fact his house is odd just like the mad himself with strange devices sticking out of each window. The next day Lex finds out that she is in fact a grim and that she now has a full time 10 hour job where she is a killer and will be partner with a culler named Driggs, who is also who roomie who she thinks is extremely hot! A killer is someone who touches the dead person and releases their soul where a culler collects it, and it just turns out the Lex is a natural.

Driggs is Lex’s roommate and partner. Lex first meets him her first morning in croak when she walks in on him using the bathroom where she discovers she is living with the hottest guy she has ever seen. He has crazy wild hair just like her uncle’s but the best thing about his appearance are his eyes. the right once is brown where the left is blue, and of course she would have to of made the biggest fool of herself when he introduces himself and she calls his name dumb. WAY TOO GO!

The story doesn’t stop there because as she and Driggs work they discover a body where they can’t identify how the person died the are left with white milky eyes. With the rest of the Jr. Grims they set out to see if they can find anymore unexplained deaths and the find out someone is crashing and killing people before their time.

While reading this book won’t be able to stop asking yourself these important questions. Why does it seem like Lex is the only person who hurts when she “kills”? Who is crashing? and Who is the girl in the picture Driggs carries around in his pocket?

 

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun easy read! Gina Damico did a wonderful job creating this fun little town and a world fill with grims. The town if full of fun quirky lively people who really bring this story together. I really like the relationship that forms between Lex and her uncle, finally Lex has someone who understands her and is there for whenever she needs it!

I give the book 4 stars!

Read on and enjoy!

Morgan 🙂