Review: Heart Song (Heart Song #1) by Desiree Williams

Heart SongTitle: Heart Song

Series: Heart Song, book 1
Author: Desiree Williams
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: June 2014
Source: Author
Synopsis
In Aldonnia, the evil of Varkadon overflows its borders. War ravages the lands…
For as long as eighteen year-old Alanna can remember she’s lived in hiding, sealed off from the outside world. Despite a future built around a steadfast rule of seclusion, Alanna dreams of the impossible. Of a life outside of her parents’ cabin. A life with more for company than just birds and woodland creatures. A life she knows deep down is impossible for someone with gifts like hers.
That all changes the day Alanna finds a man floating face down in a stream. Despite her parents’ warnings, Alanna pulls the injured man out of the water and heals him with her elemental talents. Just another good deed. Until the man wakes and Alanna realizes so much more has happened than simply a life saved. The healing she performed on the stranger bound her soul to Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia.
Alanna’s heart wants to keep the prince, but duty and destiny intervene. Alanna’s world is rocked as her parents are lost. Left in the care of family she didn’t know, Alanna learns more than she wanted to about the evil threatening the lands. There is much more behind her parents’ drive to protect. Alanna learns her gifts were bestowed in order to fulfill a greater purpose. A greater calling. One her enemies seek to destroy at all cost.
Alanna’s choice is clear. To either ignore her destiny and remain hidden, or boldly fight to keep what sings to her heart.
**A copy was provided for review purposes**
Review
Alanna has led a secluded life with her parents, hidden away from the war. Alanna possesses powers unlike any other, she’s special and her parents fear they will use her powers to destroy. When Alanna finds a man injured they have to come out of hiding, saving the prince of Aldonnia has unexpected consequences. Alanna has to decide whether to keep hiding or embrace her destiny and fight for what is right.
I finished reading Heart Song in one day, it would have been one sitting if life hadn’t got in the way. It’s very well written, the words flow smoothly and capture your attention from the very start. Even after a chapter in I knew I was going to enjoy it and I was right, I really did.
I loved Alanna, she is kind, brave, protective and puts other before herself. When she sets her mind on something she is prepared to carry it out no matter what it takes. Her courage is admirable and always does what she believes is right. I don’t think Desiree could have written a better main character.
Poor Jerric, I had a soft spot for him, when he first appears he’s gravely wounded but Alanna and her mother help him only to knock him out and run when he’s better. How unfair is that? His determination to find her after they ran was amazing, he just wouldn’t give up.
I loved the story, it was full of love, protection, hatred, betrayal, secrets, magic and friendship. Everything you need in a good book. The different factions were fun to learn about. I definitely think the shifters were my favourite. Especially Dustan, he was so full of himself but funny and awesome at the same time.
Everything came together nicely, if you’re a fan of fantasy you’ll love this one. Now I need to wait for Shifter’s Heart (book 2) to come out so I can dive back into the story.
5 rating
Ashton
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Review: The Dysfunctional Test by Kelly Moran

The Dysfunctional TestTitle: The Dysfunctional Test

Series: Stand Alone
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Source: Author
Synopsis
“You are cordially challenged to a test of true love. “
Growing up in her large, crazy Serbian family, Camryn Covic became an expert at shutting down her emotions in order to maintain her sanity. But when she loses her apartment, her job and her boyfriend all in one day, she hits her breaking point.
Worse, if her family finds out she’s single “again,” her sister’s upcoming wedding will be a disaster. The bride-to-be has a plan, though. A plan that involves an old friend, a pretend relationship…and the probability of ending up in a padded cell. This time for real.
Troy Lanske agreed to the crazy plan only because, when he was a lonely foster child, Camryn was his lifeline. But she isn’t the idealistic girl he remembers. She’s become so jaded that she doesn’t even believe in love anymore.
He sets out to restore her faith in happily-ever-afters, but his plan backfires when the fake relationship begins to feel all too real. Falling for the one woman he can’t have could mean losing more than just his honorary family. He could lose everything.
Review
Camryn loses everything in one day, her apartment, her job and her stupid boyfriend. She packs up and moves back home, and has her sisters wedding to attend. Not wanting to be laughed at she gets Troy, her brothers best friend to claim to be her boyfriend. But can they last a week of pretending or will it seem so real neither no longer know it’s a lie?
What a great tale Kelly weaves, the dysfunctional test is the first book I’ve read by Kelly Moran and it definitely won’t be the last. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so long or hard, to the point tears are streaming down my face and I have a stitch in my side. It was a funny as hell. One of my new favourite romance reads 🙂
Camryn hides her emotions well, people think she’s a tight-ass, ice Queen who doesn’t have any but she does, maybe more so than everyone else she just buries it deep. Looks can be deceiving and it’s true with Camryn. The poor woman, I felt so sorry for her. Can you imagine  being the butt of every family joke? People laughing at you, making fun of you constantly? If I were Camryn I’d have walked away from the crazy bunch a longgggg time ago.
Troy *dreamy sigh* is not what he seems at all. So at first he’s made out to be a womaniser, it’s a little true I guess but it’s not that he doesn’t want to settle down he’s just waiting for the right person. He’s so amazing, I spent the majority of the book gushing all over him, he just seems perfect
My favourite character by far has got to be Emily, Camryn’s niece. She’s just amazing and repeats everything everyone says, but mostly the naughty words. Not only that but she doesn’t say it right. My favourites have got to be cockporn (popcorn) and Camryn got an erection (eviction). Hilarious!!!!
The story was awesome, a mixture of sexy and sweet and Troy is definitely book boyfriend material. He’s moved to the top of my list. A truly great read, all romance fans should definitely read The Dysfunctional Test. You won’t be disappointed I assure you!
5 rating
Ashton

Review: Descending (Rising #2) by Holly Kelly

descendingTitle: Descending
Series: Rising, book 2
Author: Holly Kelly
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: March 28, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Publisher
Synopsis
When Xanthus cashes in a long-standing favor, Kyros is faced with doing two things he thought he’d never do—protect a mermaid and live on land. Dagonians loathe mermaids and Sara, Xanthus’s wife, is no exception. Also, a Dagonian standing on human legs? It’s just not natural!

As if being around the vile creatures responsible for polluting his home and killing his sister wasn’t horrible enough, Kyros has to deal with Sara’s troublesome human friend, Gretchen. This spunky human tries his patience and makes him feel things he shouldn’t be feeling—least of all for a land-walker! When Gretchen’s life is threatened, he is forced to become her protector. But there are two problems. First, how can he fight his attraction to her when he must keep her close? And second, when a mermaid wants you dead, no one can be trusted. Not even the ones you love.

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Review
Xanthus and Sara are returning to land, but not without protection. Xanthus recruits Dagonians to join them, one being his best friend Kyros who hates humans. When Sara’s best friend, Gretchen’s life is threatened Kyros places her under his protection. Things are not what they seem and the outcome could be deadly.

I’m a little confused right now! I can’t explain how. It feels like something is missing, or like I missed a few pages but know I didn’t as I checked and double-checked. Maybe my brain just didn’t connect all the dots properly, who knows?!

After finishing Rising in as so excited to get straight into Descending, I had high expectations and I’m a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it anyway but I expected more. When you read the first book in a series and it’s amazing you expect the next to be too right? It was good, just not as good for me :(.

Gretchen was a complete surprise, who would have guessed? I never saw it coming.

Mermaids, Dagonians, sharks, hot men, danger, fighting, love. What more could you want in a book? Besides your questions being answered of course ;).

I’m left burning with questions. What happened to Triton and Nicole? How does Sara know the things she does? Is that her gift? What’ll happen to the other Dagonians? Do they stay on land or go home? Xanthus still didn’t convince the humans to stop polluting the water, didn’t see much of that side at all.

3 rating

Ashton