Spellfire by Jessica Andersen

Spellfire (Nightkeepers,#8)

Published in: 2012
Pages: 426
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 8, final book in the Nightkeeper series

Book description:
Imprisoned and tortured by the demoness who tricked him into betraying the Nightkeepers and the woman he loves, Rabbit must endure excruciating pain to protect the diminished Skywatch army as the end-time approaches. Although an ancient prophecy says his unique powers are key to winning the final battle in the doomsday war, he hasn’t just lost his credibility—he’s lost his magic.

Myrinne is far from the woman Rabbit once knew—she’s got magic now, and despite emotional scars, she’s strong enough to help the Nightkeepers. And yet she’s not prepared to handle the fiercely driven man he’s become or the new, dangerous feelings that spark between them.

With the barrier ready to fall and a xombi outbreak in the human world, Rabbit and Myrinne must forge a new partnership amid dangerous instability and the threat of an undead army. In the end, it will be up to Rabbit to master his ferocious magic—or all will be lost. For him, for the woman he doesn’t have the right to love anymore, and for the fate of the world…

My review:
Final book in the series! I’m sad to see this series end, but it had to happen. So this book takes a weird turn, in that we go off the Mayan gods and fully into the Egyptian gods, and that can be a little hard to follow. I’m not sure I liked this switch last minute, it was almost like the author had some real great ideas to bring into the series, then realised it was nearly December 2012 and therefore her deadline, went ‘oh shit better just chuck this in here’. In fact, much of the book has a bit of a short, rushed feel to it.

The main story revolves around Rabbit and Myrinne. Full disclosure, I’ve never really liked Myrinne. She redeems herself in this book and I dislike her a little less, but I honestly feel that Rabbit could do better. We also get some more of Rabbits background, plus a visitor from the past thrown in for good measure.

The side story revolves around Anna, who was a bit of a loose end in the previous books. I’ve also disliked her a lot in this series, but she becomes way cooler in this book as she finally, FINALLY embraces her seer powers and uses them to do some good for the Nightkeepers. She also finally finds love, so that was quite nice, and really rounded out the series.

Final review:
Spellfire rating:
8/10
Nightkeeper series rating: 8.5/10.
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the author and series, paranormal romance, mythology, Mayan mythology, action.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13542763-spellfire
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Spellfire-Novel-Nightkeepers-Jessica-Andersen/dp/0451238486
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Andersen

Magic Unchained by Jessica Andersen

Magic Unchained (The Nightkeepers, #7)

Published in: 2012
Pages: 434
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 7 in the Nightkeeper series

Book description:
Cara Liu is determined to unite the winikin under her leadership. But her rule is far from secure as the traditionalists and younger warriors vie for control. And when Nightkeeper Sven enters the scene, Cara has trouble separating her duty to her people from her desire for her longtime love.

Sven knows the attraction between them could badly compromise her ability to lead the winikin, and jeopardize her people’s tenuous alliance with the Nightkeepers. Nevertheless, she and Sven give in to temptation and begin a secret affair—distracting them from a danger within their own ranks planning a vicious betrayal…

My review:
I was so excited that the seventh book was Sven’s book, as he’s been this background character whose just always there, bumming about, going from part of the crowd to the only single person left in the complex… and now he finally gets his book and he’s in love with a Winikin named Cara. Cara is kinda kick-ass, but she has this weird hair that annoys me (I don’t get it, she has a giant white stripe in her hair?) and although I love the Winikin and how Cara is the best leader they could ask for, and they get powers eventually, I don’t know if she’s the person I’d have picked for Sven- the whole family angle weirded me out.

Anyhoo. The story was good, the moments between Cara and Sven were sweet- especially the day they play hooky on the boat- and I liked how the Winikin got a super boost and became valuable players in the end-game, finally giving the Nightkeepers the numbers and the powers they need to have a fighting chance at stopping the end of the world.

There is also some serious things going down with Rabbit, and it all comes to a head in this book, leading us up to the final book and Rabbit’s story, which we know will be a doozy. It all gets really exciting towards the end of this book as we are only months out from the end time and its all happening now!

Final review:
Magic Unchained rating:
8/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the author and this series, paranormal romances, mythology and Mayan mythology.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11540475-magic-unchained
Googlebooks: https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Magic_Unchained.html?id=reiCZwEACAAJ&redir_esc=y
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Unchained-Novel-Nightkeepers-Prophecy/dp/0451236424

 

Storm Kissed by Jessica Andersen

Storm Kissed (Nightkeepers, #6)

Published in: 2011
Pages: 451
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 6 in the Nightkeeper series

Book description:
Dez is no angel. The former gangbanger spent years in jail and alienated the love of his life, Reese Montana. Now he has a second chance to join forces with the Nightkeepers and master the Triad magic. Even better, Reese is back—taken on as the Nightkeepers’ sexy bounty hunter. But this time, the stakes are even higher for Dez and Reese.

The sexual electricity between them is still alive, but when Dez goes rogue on a hunt for a powerful artifact, Reese can’t help but wonder if he has been playing her again all this time…what will become of the Nightkeepers with a potential traitor on the run?

My review:
At this point in the series, it seems to be leaping ahead (almost as if the author ran out of time to keep dragging it out?) and so this book takes place 1 year after the events of the prior book. Dez has been part of the Nightkeepers for a year, he’s been more or less accepted as one of them, and then his past comes back and boom. Trust lost. But it;s ok, because by the end of the book, he’s gonna be loved by all. And a king.

Basically, this is the book that changes everything; from this book onwards, the Nightkeepers get their shit together and start to kick some serious ass, and it’s all thanks to Dez. His story with Reese is really good and they make a bloody interesting couple, plus I loved all the flashbacks to their lives before and what drove Dez to act like he did. It also helps to show how Dez might be able to save the Nightkeepers and kick the end time in its ass.

Final review:
Storm Kissed rating:
9.5/10.
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the author, mythology, paranormal romance, fantasy books.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9685397-storm-kissed
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Kissed-Novel-Nightkeepers-Prophecy/dp/0451233751
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Storm-Kissed-Jessica-Andersen/9780451233752
Google books: https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Storm_Kissed.html?id=I0qklro3qQAC&redir_esc=y

The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea

Published in: 1952
Pages: 132
Edition read: E-book

Book description:
It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.

My review:
This short book took me forever to read, and it was because I found it bloody boring. I know Hemingway is one of the greats of 21st century literature, and he won a Pulitzer for this book, but oh my god…. why. What am I missing?

The old man, whose name I forgot due to boredom, goes fishing. He hooks a Marlin who pulls his boat for 2 days before he manages to finally reel it in and kill it, then because it’s too big, it can’t go into his boat so he drags this fish corpse in the water, attracts sharks, sharks eat the Marlin, and the old man goes home with nothing.

THE END.

That is literally the entire story. There is no symbolism or lyrical waxing about the ocean, there are no adventures or big revelations, there is just an old guy sitting in a fishing boat….. I honestly didn’t see the point of this book and kinda was rooting for the old man’s death; I wanted the Marlin to win.

Final review:
The old man and the sea rating:
2/10
Would I re-read it? No
Who would I recommend it to? Fishing enthusiasts. I think that unless you really, really enjoy fishing, you won’t enjoy this book. That, or people who like straight-forward books. I mean, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2165.The_Old_Man_and_the_Sea

On The Hunt by Gena Showalter, Shannon K Butcher, Jessica Andersen and Deidre Knight

On the Hunt (Sentinel Wars #3.4, Nightkeepers #5.5, Gods of Midnight, #4.5)

Published in: 2010
Pages: 448
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 3.4 in the Sentinel Wars, Book 5.5 in the Nightkeeper series, book 4.5 in the Gods of Midnight series

Book description:
In New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Ever Night, Rose Pascal is swept into a dark, haunting world every year on her birthday – a world ruled by a warrior king who hunts her kind. Neither of them can deny the passion that soon consumes them both…In Shannon K. Butcher’s The Collector, demon hunter Neal Etan sets out to acquire a powerful artifact, but finds much more in beautiful Viviana Rowan. The antique dealer’s touch strengthens his magic – and her life may be in Neal’s hands if they don’t recover the artifact in time….
In Jessica Andersen’s Crystal Skull, archaeologist Natalie Albright’s dig gets shut down amid rumors she has awakened the local demons. But when the terrifying underworld creatures attack, Natalie must team up with her ex to survive. As they fight the ancient menace, they discover a destiny that binds them together – and threatens to tear them apart….
And in Deidre Knight’s Red Angel, Jamie Angel, leader of the deadly Nightshades, has tracked every kind of monster and demon that roams the darkness, but none of his experiences can prepare him for falling in love with one of the creatures he’s trained to destroy…

My review:
I actually loved every story in this anthology. Normally there is one that you read but it’s ho-hum, however this anthology was just awesome to read.

Gena Showalter -Evernight:
Really loved this story. It was amazing. Rose transports to this fantastic medieval like world on her birthday every year, and the king of the realm she first visited is super majorly hot, and the way they interact is just addictive to read. I’m super bummed this isn’t part of a series (At least, not one I am aware of?) cause if it was, I would devour that series like STAT.

Shannon K Butcher- The Collector
Neal and Viviana are the stereotypical polar-opposites- he’s a warrior mage, big and good with sharp pointy objects; she’s stereotypical nerd whose obsessed with antiques, wears glasses and white button-up shirts with tweed skirts. That was a bit annoying, but the story and how they ended up was really well written and fun to read. I liked the detail of the men having lifetrees, that was an interesting idea.

Jessica Andersen- Crystal Skull
The whole reason I read this book! The next installment in the Nightkeeper books, this was short and sweet and featured a romance between two Winikin, Natalie and JT. I liked that there wasn’t any actual Nightkeepers as it showed that the background players- the Winikin- were also able to find love and do good in the fight. Plus it introduced the baddies, the Camatotz, who feature a lot in future books and are nasty SOB’s.

Deidre Knight- Red Angel
So I read book 1 in this series a thousand years ago, loved it because the main character was named Shay (it’s rare I come across my name in a book!) and it was pretty kick-ass. This feature’s Shay’s brother Jaime, and an actual angel who he falls in love with, and it was pretty good to read. I just wished I had read the series up to this point, as there was a lot that happened that I didn’t know; plus I had to try and remember this world when I read the book 6 years ago!

Final review:
On The Hunt Rating:
8/10
Would I re-read it? Hells yes. I loved this anthology, and I plan on reading the related series so I’ll end up reading this again at least two more times.
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of any of these authors and their series, fans of paranormal romances.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8273005-on-the-hunt
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hunt-Gena-Showalter/dp/0451232437

Bloodspells by Jessica Andersen

Blood Spells (The Nightkeepers, #5)

Published in: 2010
Pages: 440
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 5 in the Nightkeeper series

Book description:
Trained from birth to fight with fists and magic, Patience White-Eagle knows that she should focus on the coming war for souls. But she isn’t just a warrior—she’s a wife and mother too, which leaves her loyalties divided between the Nightkeepers and her family.

Brandt White-Eagle broke the rules when he married Patience and fathered their twin sons—and now he’s paying the price. Torn between his magic and his marriage, and separated from his ancestors’ wisdom by a curse he can’t remove, Brandt is fighting to put his life back together.

When an ancient Aztec god-king arises, Patience and Brandt must set aside their problems and team up as a mated warrior pair. But as they race to prevent the Nightkeepers’ enemies from enacting a terrible ritual that could tear apart humanity, the threat turns even more personal, becoming a deadly test of their powers…and their love.

My review:
Patience and Brandt were the first couple of the Nightkeepers, the ones who got together before the powers came back online, the solid couple with kids who slowly through each book started getting further and further apart. Thanks to this book, we finally learn why, how, and what actually happened when they first met. It was a doozy, and it was soooo good. You can actually see Patience and Brandt growing through this book, and it was quiet a different story compared to the others as instead of a new romance, we have an old one that’s going through a rough patch.

It was just damn good. We also have the Triad spell coming into play, which boosts the powers of three mages by giving them the knowledge of their entire line of ancestors, which is a seriously amazing gift at this point in the game for the Nightkeepers. Having Brandt become one is really good, and it helps him to work through his issues so that he and Patience can actually get back on track.

The thing with this series is that each book gets better and better, and this was my favourite so far. The action was insane, the mythology was on point, the characters were amazing as hell and you just couldn’t stop reading it.

Final review:
Blood Spells rating: 
8.5/10
Would I re-read it? Yes!
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the series, paranormal romance and fantasy series, books about Mayan mythology with a lot of decent adventure thrown in.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7863207-blood-spells
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Spells-Novel-Nightkeepers-Prophecy/dp/0451231651
Google books: https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Blood_Spells.html?id=D8UzeKZKKvgC&redir_esc=y

Demonkeepers by Jessica Andersen

Demonkeepers (The Final Prophecy, #4)

Published in: 2010
Pages: 457
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 4 in the Nightkeeper series

Book description:
All his life Lucius has been an outsider. He yearns to be strong, to be a warrior like the Nightkeepers. And when the Prophet’s magic begins to change him, Lucius finds himself becoming the sort of man he’s always wanted to be.

Held back by her lack of a warrior’s magic and the strictures of her bloodline, Jade longs to break out of her supporting role. Determined to prove her worth among the Nightkeepers at any cost, she won’t let anything stand in her way—especially petty matters like love.

When Lucius and Jade are charged with rescuing the Mayan sun god from the underworld, they ignore their growing attraction. But unless they can confront their demons and accept that love isn’t a weakness, even destiny might not be able to save them.

My review:
This book spoke to me, as Jade was seen by all as this bookish quiet girl who didn’t get invited to the big shindigs because she wasn’t really part of the group- i.e. she didn’t get to attend the battles because she lacked the warrior mark and instead had the scribe’s mark, meaning she was basically a librarian. But she was more than a bookish quiet girl and she wanted nothing more than to prove it. Oh, I feel you Jade.

Lucius went from tall, skinny and nerdy (but strangely endearing) to buff and hot and still nerdy, and that is kinda the things that bookish girls like Jade and me dream of. Because of Jade and Lucius, this series took a serious turn and some key components fell into place, some serious game changers that made you go “Yeah!” thinking that finally, the good guys are getting a break here. It was bloody fun to read, and Jade finally got to prove that she is more than just the quiet bookish librarian, save the day, and get the hot guy- which is really all any bookish girl wants to do.

Final review:
Demonkeepers rating:
8.5/10
Would I re-read it? Yes! I am seriously addicted to this series right now and cannot get enough, meaning that I most definitely want to re-read it.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the author and the series, into mythology and the Mayans, paranormal romances and fantasy series.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6582640-demonkeepers
Author’s site: http://www.jessicaandersen.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Demonkeepers-Novel-Prophecy-Jessica-Andersen/dp/0451229576

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest

Published in: 1899
Pages: 76
Edition read: E-book

book description:
Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gewndolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!

My review:
First thing. Could not stop giggling at Algernon’s name, and kept having Brooklyn 99 running through my head (early in season 1, Jake has a mouse that lives in his desk that he calls Algernon. Hence, giggles). Second, this book was actually funny. Thirdly, I don’t understand why having a fake brother/friend living in the country and going to visit them is called a “Bunbury”, but we have a Bunbury down south that I kept imagining every time it was brought up.

This short read only took me a day to get through, but it was entertaining enough to keep me reading, it made me laugh a few times, and it was a refreshing break from the normal literature of this time period, which is kinda dull and serious and not as fun to read.

Final review:
The importance of being Earnest rating:
6.5/10
Would I re-read it? Yeah, it’s short enough to re-read easily and it was funny, so I’d give it another read through
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of classical literature, plays, funny short stories

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/92303.The_Importance_of_Being_Earnest
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Importance_of_Being_Earnest

Skykeepers by Jessica Andersen

Skykeepers (Nightkeepers, #3)

Published in: 2009
Pages: 454
Edition read: E-book
Series: Nightkeepers book 3

Book description:
Michael Stone is a man with a dark secret that has skewed his magical abilities dangerously toward the underworld. Seeking redemption, he sets out on a perilous mission to save the daughter of Ambrose Ledbetter, a renowned Mayanist who died before he could reveal the location of a hidden library. The Nightkeepers must find the library before their enemies gain access to its valuable cache of spells and prophecies.

Sasha Ledbetter grew up hearing heroic tales of an ancient group of sword-brandishing magi who would save the world from destruction. She never expected that her bedtime stories would come to life in the form of Nightkeeper Michael Stone, or that she’d hold the key to the warriors’ survival. As Sasha and Michael join forces to prevent the imminent battle, sparks of attraction ignite between them, and they’re forced to confront the unexpected passion that brings them together…and also tears them apart.

My review:
Michael is a character we haven’t heard much about in this series until now. He was described as secretive and a bit of a dick, but all is revealed in this story and it was bloody good. Michael is hot, damaged, and has some wicked assed magic. Sasha is a spitfire that I ended up really liking, and I quickly devoured their story.

The Mayan themes are really getting interesting and I’m finding myself completely fascinated by the story itself, the use of Mayan lore/mythology, glyphs, and their history. It’s all very well woven together and instead of overwhelming the reader with all this jargon, it’s well integrated, just slipping in where necessary and becoming part of the general language of the books.

I think I’ve become obsessed. I’ve spent hours googling Mayan mythology, history, and ruins- I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it at the moment…. I regret nothing.

Final review:
Skykeepers rating:
8/10
Would I re-read it? Yes, I am loving this series so much!
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of paranormal romances, mythology, Mayan culture and history, romances etc.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5519449-skykeepers
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Skykeepers-Final-Prophecy-Book-3/dp/0451227700
Author’s website: http://www.jessicaandersen.com/

Dawnkeepers by Jessica Andersen

Dawnkeepers (The Nightkeepers, #2)

Published in: 2008
Pages: 455
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 2 in the Nightkeepers series

Book description:
Though a Nightkeeper, Nate Blackhawk refuses to allow others to control his fate. The gods have even tried to influence his love life, sending him visions of Alexis Gray, a sleek blonde who is everything he’s ever wanted in a woman.

The two warriors can’t deny their attraction. But a frightening vision leads Nate to distance himself in spite of the intense passion he feels. Thrown together once more, they must reassemble seven Mayan artifacts that hold the key to preventing the end of the world…

My review:
So after book 1, Strike and Leah’s story, I was wary about this book and how I hadn’t really clicked with the characters. Thankfully, I liked Nate and Alexis as people, Alexis had part of her story start in book 1 and I remember thinking she was way more interesting than Strike and Leah and why can’t the book be about her? So book 2 being about her and Nate was excellent. My only issue with their relationship was that it seemed to go around in circles for a while and was a bit painful to read the same Nate not being able to get over his commitment issues and Alexis not being able to get over her self-esteem issues. Eventually they sort themselves out and it’s all hunky dory, but it seemed like the book could have been cut by at least 100 pages if they didn’t rehash the same old argument every three pages or so.

Also, I hated Anna’s chapters in the book. Anna is Strike’s sister, who is a seer, but she is adamant that she won’t be involved in helping prevent the world from ending because she wants to be normal. Nevermind she is literally one of only 11 people who can help to save the world. She just doesn’t want to be, so she won’t be- and her chapters are her whinging about this constantly. She is a weak and pathetic character who I want to punch repeatedly and every time she turns up. If we can cut her out, or if someone could punch some sense into her, her story would get really good because with her beneficial visions, she could help the damn Nightkeepers! Anyway.

I have also now developed an obsession with Mayan mythology and Mayan culture, which features heavily throughout this series. I’ve done a bit of googling as a result and have to say, I am totally hooked on this. Like I need another ancient culture to obsess over! I wonder how many other books out there focus on the Mayans? I should look into that…

Final review:
Dawnkeepers rating:
7/10
Would I re-read it? Yeah I probably would
Who would I recommend it to: Fans of paranormal romance and fantasy series, mythology and ancient cultures, or Mayan culture.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4498128-dawnkeepers
Author’s website: http://www.jessicaandersen.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dawnkeepers-Final-Prophecy-Book-2/dp/0451225759