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Unafraid by Cat Miller

Published September 28, 2012 by Ema Volf

I am a huge fan of the Forbidden Bond Series, so I’ve been anxiously awaiting this release! I have to say that I was definitely not disappointed! This novella is the perfect prequel to Unbound and Unforgiven! It tells the story of Dani’s parents, Tessa and Griffin.

What I loved most about this story is the fact that we got to see a side of a few of the characters that we have never seen before in Unbound and Unafraid. It’s refreshing to get to know them a little better and see the other sides to their personalities. For me, it explained more of the other two books and really tied them all together. It helped me understand why they are the way they are and why they act the way they act.

I really loved this book. As usual, Cat created a fascinating world with fascinating characters, and showed me their past in a way that made me fall in love with them all over again.

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Goblin Spells Unicorns

Published September 26, 2012 by Ema Volf

Today I read Goblin Spells Unicorns by Christina Worrell

This book is about Grub and Ditto, two little goblins. They were doing chores while their Master was away gathering spell ingredients. While they were scrubbing the spell wall, they noticed a spell had been left unfinished. Afraid they would get in trouble, they decided to try to fix it without telling their Master about it, even though he had told them to do nothing but their chores. Naturally, their plan backfired.

It’s safe to say that this is the cutest children’s book with life lessons that I’ve come across in a while! And in only 8 pages, it covers so many!

I also read this to my son, who also loved it, because instead of the typical bears, puppies, and kittens, it had goblins, wizards, and unicorns! He loves the extra magical spin!

Thank you, Christina Worrell for writing such an awesome children’s book! My son has a new bedtime favorite!

Spellbound by Samantha Combs

Published August 3, 2012 by Ema Volf

I finished Spellbound by Samantha Combs a while ago, but I’ve been so distracted lately. It’s past time for me to post this, and I apologize.

Right off the bat, we’re introduced to Logan. Logan is in high school and happened to meet Serena and her sisters by being late one morning. Serena and her sisters are new and moved in across the street from him.

It wasn’t too long before Logan notices something is different and special about Serena. Besides being completely and adorably infatuated with her, I mean.

Their romance blossomed almost immediately, as many high school relationships do. The author really captured pace and heat of high school romances, but also left you with the belief that it really might be a bit more than that even, which is a very rare thing for me to find.

The world the author creates is fascinating and colorful. I was never bored and constantly curious. This is actually a hard review for me to write, because I’m having a hard time even figuring out what to say about it that could do it any justice at all, no matter how much times passes. It’s a book you really must read. You will definitely not be disappointed.

Random annoyances

Published July 11, 2012 by Ema Volf

I’ve been looking back on some reviews I’ve done in the past, on seller sites or through emails. I’ve noticed a trend on most of the negative reviews I’ve given. Lame female lead characters that are put there for us to look up to. It’s not the ONLY thing I knock off for, but it’s definitely one of the majors ones.

There is a difference between not having the power to do something and being completely incompetent in nearly every way possible. Not skilled in the art of fighting? Fine. Brainpower. Use it. If you’re not creative or smart, nor are you able to fight or defend yourself or others, why are you a lead character? Why are all these other people going out of their way to destroy you? And why are your companions going out of their way to save you? Don’t tell me it’s because you’re “good,” because there are countless other “good” characters in your world. Like the ones that are constantly saving your rear end.

Speaking of companions …

I don’t mind when the female character doesn’t WANT to be without whomever. I mind when they feel like they will absolutely, positively DIE without them. This doesn’t mean that I mind when said person rescues them when they would have died on their own. I mind when said person disappears, and the female lead either waits in place for them to come back or behaves in a suicidal manor.

Remember in Shrek the 3rd when all the girlies get locked up and Snow White says, “Ladies, assume the position!” and Sleeping Beauty goes to sleep, Snow White lays down in her coffin pose, and Cinderella sits on the floor and stares dreamily into space? Or in New Moon when Edward left and Bella decided she wanted to die of exposure? Yeah that’s not cool at ALL.

And to be fair, I can’t stand it when the males are that way either. There is a HUGE difference between being willing to die for someone and attempting to die because you’re without someone.

If these characters are growing into those people that we can look up to by the end, fine. I’m okay with this too. But show me that growth. Don’t just think I’ll assume that there’s been some by the beginning of the next book when you haven’t even shown it to me in the first.

Forever by Gillian Joy

Published June 30, 2012 by Ema Volf

I really loved Guardian by Gillian Joy, so when I found out that its next part, Forever, had been released, I was beyond ecstatic! It got bumped up on my reading list because it was just screaming at me!

We catch up with Hannah in Australia. She’s figuring out the whole single parent thing without the help of Sam, who had been her help since her husband died. Sam had decided to go join the vampire custos with Jesse.

Hannah was approached by the fairy prince, who had fallen in love with a human. Fairy-human relationships are against fairy law and his mother was extremely upset about it. Hannah decides to try to help him work the situation out. It was a complicated and heart-wrenching situation for her and everyone involved.

She also has to figure out why the mermaids keep trying to get her to go swimming with them. The idea terrified her, especially with the nightmares she’d been having that always ended in her drowning. She eventually caves, and goes with them to find a most surprising visitor!

I loved the overall story. Like Guardian, it was fantastic and pulled me right in. The characters were colorful and the places we got to see were described so beautifully that I almost felt like I was there.

I found Hannah a bit more annoying than usual, though. For the most part, she was stubborn to the point of obnoxiousness, and I really wanted to reach through the pages and smack her around a bit. I’m not entirely sure it was a bad thing, though, seeing as how just about every other character in the book wanted to do the same. So if that was the goal … Mission: Accomplished.

We did get to see a pieces of where she wants to go with the situation of the vampire who killed her mother, but it was mainly a few conversations here and there. This is the situation I really am intrigued to watch the resolution. This situation alone is enough to keep me on pins and needles for the next book!

This is going to be fun!

Published June 29, 2012 by Ema Volf

Day 1 of being Cat Miller’s Minion/Admin is over! And I have many more days to go! 😀 And I have to say I’m enjoying myself! I love that woman and I’m happy to help wherever I can! ♥ I’m helping her out with her Facebook page and blog. I’m hoping to get her readers more involved. 🙂

I have added a few more books needing review! And I’m so excited to start! It’s time for me to get back on it! My goal is to have these done by the end of next week. Usually it takes a couple days for me to finish one.

  1. Forever by Gillian Joy
  2. Spellbound by Samantha Combs
  3. Everspell by Samantha Combs
  4. Sleep Stalkers by Jackie ODierno

I had a MAJOR problem with The Rapture of Avery Maye, and it will require another really big edit. I don’t want to get into too much detail, but a character is having to be unwritten. I’m sorry it’s taking so long, but sometimes these things happen. I’ll try to keep you updated.