Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The idea of this meme is to answer three W questions, which are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? *Note. Click on the book’s title to check it on Goodreads.
So nothing has changed with my three month long reads as I’m still on page 23 of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. The same with A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer, still on page 254. Still 17% into the story of Alien Minds (Dimension Drift #1) by Christina Bauer. And still 25% in The Aviary (The Uncaged #1) by Emily Shore. There has been no progress made with these four books because I haven’t really been in the mood to read them and I have quite many ARCs to get trough, but I’ll try to finish at least couple of them soon.
Last night I started reading a YA paranormal romance with vampires and witches – Dark Secret (Darkhaven Saga #1) by Danielle Rose, I’m just 9% into the story and it seems promising.
There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned.
Seventeen-year-old spirit witch Ava López is the self-appointed guardian of the witches and humans of Darkhaven, an idyllic village nestled between the forest and the sea. Her watch: vicious and bloodthirsty vampires.
Ava is a novice in the eyes of her coven. If she expects to protect them and the secrecy of their powers, she must gain better control of her own. When a full moon ritual goes awry, control may be lost forever, and Ava is exiled from her coven. Forced to seek refuge among the beings she had always sworn herself to hunt, she vows revenge on those who have upended her life.
But the more time Ava spends away from her coven, the more she discovers a startling truth: the witches haven’t been honest with her. Ava’s quest to strip the truth from everything she’s ever known begins with the toughest realization of all—coming to terms with who she has become.
Since I was very busy and tired last week and completely lost time and any idea what date it was, so I totally missed last Wednesday’s WWW post. It means that I’ll fast mentioned the books that I read during the missing time, which are 7 novels and 1 novella, then I will also share my this weeks 4 reads.
First I finished a reread of a dark mafia romance – Protect Me (The Rossi Crime Family #1) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (4.5 stars). *Note. This book can be read as a standalone. And a YA fantasy Pixieland Diaries (Pixieland Diaries #1) by Christina Bauer (3 stars), you can find my review here.
Then I read a dark romance Havoc by S.S. Richards (3 stars) – review coming soon and an NA contemporary dark romance Regretting You (Blackthorn Elite #4) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (4.5 stars) – review coming very soon. *Note. This book can be read as a standalone.
I also read a free NA contemporary romance novella – Before The Promise by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (3.75 stars), which is the starting story for the next book in the North Woods University series – The Promise (North Woods University #5) – coming in May 15. You can get Before the Promise for FREE here. *Note. All of the books in this series can be read as standalones.
Afterwards I read a contemporary romance – Spark (Burns Brothers #3) by Gillian Archer (4 stars), review coming. *Note. This book can be read as a standalone. I also did a reread for a romantic comedy – Whiskey Chick (Whiskey #2) by Ryan Ringbloom (4.25 stars), check out my review here. *Note. This book can be read as a standalone. And lastly, I read a paranormal reverse harem romance – Addie (Pack of Misfits #1) by Raven Kennedy (2.5 stars). *Note. This book can be read as a standalone.
Last Wednesday I read a mafia romance – Scars & Sins (Brooklyn Brothers #2) by Melanie Munton (3.5 stars), you can find out my thoughts on it in my review here. *Note. This book can be read as a standalone.
We are the Rossetti’s.
The exiled “sixth” family of the New York mafia. We’re the good guys.
People don’t fear us…much. They respect us.
The five of us? We’re the Brooklyn Brothers.
And we protect what’s ours.
You know when you have a little sister and she has that one friend that always follows you around like a puppy? For me, that was Roxanna “Roxy” D’Angelo. That was years ago, back when our fathers didn’t hate each other. Then they became enemies and she went off to boarding school in Connecticut.
Now, she’s back…and looking nothing like the shy girl I remember.
Cavorting with anyone from the five families is strictly forbidden to someone like me. So, I can’t figure out why I keep finding myself in situations with Roxy that could bring the force of the entire mafia syndicate down on our heads. Even if those situations are the wildest, most intoxicating experiences of my life.
But with the Sicilians in town and out for blood, times have never been more dangerous. If they find out about our relationship, they won’t hesitate to remove both of us from the equation so they can restore order.
We’re not Romeo and Juliet. They both died. And I refuse to let anything happen to Roxy. I have to protect her. From my family. From hers.
I hope she won’t hate me for what I have to do.
Because it might just kill her before any bullet can.
Later on I flew through a dark paranormal dystopian romance – Steel Rose (The Cardinal Winds #1) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley (4.75 stars), which I loved very much, so please check out my review here. *Note. This book can be read as a standalone.
The commander of the East Wind Dominion is a terrifying man. He leads an army of automatons. He can control lightning itself. And now, Rose Calder is his prisoner of war.
All Rose has ever known is fighting. When the invading forces of the East Wind Dominion take away her friends, her family, and her home, she takes to the skies to battle for her freedom. For hope.
When the war comes to a sudden end at the hands of commander Viktor Lang, she is certain that she is about to die. When he discovers her impossible secret, she becomes a mystery that he is desperate to solve and that may be worse.
The war may be over, but now she stands to lose much, much more.
Authors Note: “Steel Rose” is what I consider to be a villain romance. My male characters are often not very kind or gentle. This story has a HEA, but it may be a tough ride getting there. This story has mature themes and content.
Every last one of them.
The kings and queens of my new high school.
The father and stepmother I never knew.
Each has more wealth and privilege than I could’ve ever imagined.
Each has a pile of wicked dirty secrets they’d do anything to protect.
These people have grown accustomed to getting what they want and what they want is to make my life a living hell.
Too bad for them, you can’t break someone who’s already broken.
Too bad for them, I won’t give up without a fight.
Too bad for them, I’m going to make them pay…even if it’s the last thing I do.
*Wicked Liars is the first book in the Windsor Academy series. This is a dark high school bully romance that may contain triggers for sensitive readers. Due to mature subject matter, it is recommended for readers 18+ only.
Afterwards I read a YA urban fantasy – The Spirit Breather (Native Guardians #1) by R.J. Harris / Bekah Harris (3.5 stars), my review can be found here.
According to the prophecy, only Emily Morrow can destroy the Raven Mockers, the shape-shifting witches who feed on human souls. Now, seventeen years after her birth, Joseph Stomper, a spirit warrior of the Nunnehi immortals, must fulfill the blood vow he made to protect her. Trained to follow orders at any cost, Joseph must prepare Emily for the battle ahead. But the closer he gets to her, the more he questions the laws of his people…
Emily Morrow’s summer goal is to forget the assault that nearly claimed her life. But her plans for a relaxing, post-grad camping trip quickly fall apart. When her best friend, Kadie, is snatched by the dark creatures nesting in the mountains of Cherokee, North Carolina, Emily discovers the dark truth behind her tragic past.
Together, with Joseph Stomper, Emily must embrace her role in a centuries-old prophecy and learn to harness a dangerous gift before she loses everyone she loves. But in a place where rules dictate action, there are consequences for those who follow their hearts.
One of my anticipated reads came out yesterday, so I’ll put aside all my ARCs and dive into this YA paranormal romance with vampires – Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff. Have you seen those small video snippets at Entangled Teen Instagram account with Daemon Black from Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.
Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.
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