Hello and happy Monday everyone! I hope your week has started in the best possible way! I am looking at a really long day ahead of me, but I have some hopes that it would not be too tiring! But I am not here to complain about my day, lucky you! I am here to share with you two short reviews, so let’s start!
I received both of these books in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and to the Editors!
Title: All Fired Up
Series: Ashes & Dust #1
Author: Jenn Burke
Expected Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Once bitten. Twice burned. Forever bonded.
Don’t miss this riveting and romantic spin-off series from Jenn Burke, author of Not Dead Yet.
Paranormals are dying. All over the city, with no explanation and only one thing in common: their magic is missing.
Vampire and private investigator Evan Fournier isn’t supposed to be taking on paranormal cases, but when the murderer hits close to home, he agrees to look into it. The last thing he expects is to become a target himself—and then to become irrevocably bonded to the man who just tried to kill him.
With his memory gone and his soul bonded to a stranger, former firefighter Colin Zhang wants to be anywhere else. He doesn’t have a damn clue why he just tried to kill Evan, and he didn’t even know about magic until just now. The sooner he can get back to his real life, the better.
But every time either of them tries to leave, pure agony stops them short. Forced to work with Evan or suffer the consequences, Colin must excavate the secrets buried in his missing memories while battling two rising threats: the conspiracy behind the murder, and his mutual attraction to the bond mate he never wanted.
This was my first book by this author and this is also the first book in this series so it was a pretty good starting point. But this is a companion series to the Not Dead Yet series and now I have to go back and read that too, because the characters are pretty unique and I need more!
Sure, this book focuses on Evan and Colin, (more on them later) but they have an amazing found family around them, and they all are interesting characters. All of them are caring and sweet, but some of them seem pretty unique. We have a God and a Vampire Sire (and how cool that sounds??) that intrigued me to no end, and they are the MCs to the main series. So obviously I need to go back and read that, right? I mean, I need to know more about Wes, and about his relationship with Hudson!
But, as I was saying before, Evan and Colin are our MC and they are sweet and interesting and resourceful. I loved Evan’s voice since the story is in 1st person and it is Evan’s POV.
So, interesting characters and a well-developed “found family” trope (and I really love this trope) with a mystery and some action. It is good, right? But there is one thing more that I have to underline in there.
Mental health representation. Our MC suffers from depression. And we get to see how he lives with that and how his family supports him. And we get to see other mental health issues in there. And I think that the author did a pretty good job with it all. Both in representing the issues and in showing us some good support nets. I really appreciated this part, and I am looking forward to the sequels to see what she would do next. But this was really important, and I have to say again that she really did a good job with it!
Title: Dangerous Remedy
Series: Battalion of the Dead #1
Author: Kat Dunn
Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?
In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.
I don’t really know where to start with this book. There are so many things in there and I have mixed feelings towards it all that it is really hard to write something clear and cohesive, so I would go with a bullet review for this one.
The Pros (sort of):
–the premises are intriguing and original. The story takes place in France, right after French Revolution and the Terror Era. And our characters are The Battalion of the Dead, they are hired to free people unjustly incarcerated and/or sentenced to death. It is pretty cool, and I was in love with the idea!
–this is a book about a lot of things, but especially about choices (even if the different characters constantly try to take away other’s choices, and yes, it can be maddening) and about the relationship with our parents. It is about how, even if we are our own persons, the shadow of our parents is there. And how this shadow can shape us. Interesting to a point, but I personally found it a bit depressing and a bit claustrophobic in some parts.
–there is also the “fight for what you think is right” thing going on, and this was really a well-developed thing, with some real thought in it, because we see how doing the right thing is not always easy, and it could lead to some really unpleasant consequences, even if you acted for the best and you were well-meaning (because in the end even the road to hell is paved with good intentions).
–fast-paced and well-balanced story (for the most part). It is a fast reading and it is not boring.
–the age target. This is a YA, and even if this is not a bad thing per sé, I think that a more mature book would have been amazing in this setting and whit this premises. In choosing the YA path I think we have lost something.
–the characters. They are not bad and they all are pretty interesting. And that’s good but… But they were lacking something. They are almost but not enough. They all could have been amazing characters who could have conquered a place in my heart because the seeds are there, but they fell short of all the expectations. And this was a shame.
–Camille. Everyone loves her. I really don’t like her. And on one hand, this means that the author did a good job with her because my problem with her was of personal nature. If we were to meet in real life I would not enjoy her company. She would be a person who I couldn’t stand. As simple as that. And if, on one hand, this means that the author did a good job with her, because she felt real enough, on the other hand, not enjoying the MC means not enjoying the book on the whole.
–the twists. I love a good twist. But here we have too many of them. Really!
So, all things considered it was an enjoyable and original book but it could have been more, so much more!!
So, what do you think? Have you read these books? Or some others by the same authors?? Let me know!!