#Review: Charmed by Mila Young @MilaYoungAuthor

Description

Aladdin and Arabian Nights. Three Dangerously Sexy Genies. A Deadly Sorcerer.

In the depths of the Sultan’s cave, tenacious street thief Azar steals a bunch of jewels and a brass lamp. Sure, stealing has no honor, but she’ll do whatever it takes to feed her brother, buy the medicine he needs and get them out of the slums of Utaara.

When Azar releases three gorgeous genies from the lamp, her first wish is to save her brother. Except the genies magic is weakened from being trapped for hundreds of years, and they must wait for their power to recover. A growing darkness in the kingdom is hunting Azar’s genies, desperate to claim their power for his own dark plans. Now Azar must fight to save her brother and the genies that have charmed their way into her heart.

Family, magic and love intertwine in an action packed romance with a ‘Happily Ever After.’

Charmed is a Haven Realm novel retelling of Aladdin. 

Note: Each book in the Haven Realm series is a standalone book.

Review

The second standalone book in Mila Young’s Haven Realm book is a retelling of Aladdin with three really sexy genie’s…believe me I’m holding my tongue on the genie and lamp puns right now because I’ve got loads of them!

Azar is a street thief, a talented one who has had no choice but to turn to thievery to look after her and her sick brother in a harsh land where, as orphans, they were abused and used.

Now her brother needs a medicine that they can’t afford and she delves into the Sultan’s treasure trove where she escapes with more than she bargained for, a lamp which contains three genies. Three sexy, genies who are willing to help her…once their power regenerates.

As she grows closer to the genies, their bonds growing and becoming more permanent they fight to find the medicine that will save her brother and to ensure that the genies don’t become the possession of the Sultan.

A cameo appearance from Scarlet who is the starlet in book one was a wonderful addition and is a lovely way to tie the books together and keep the world as one.

For someone who doesn’t usually enjoy fairy tale retellings, I am eating these up! I think Mila Young may be converting me! Can’t wait until the next one comes out which I’ve already pre-ordered.

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TitleCharmed
Series: Haven Realm #2
Author: Mila Young
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Reverse Harem | Magic | Fairy Tale Retelling
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 23 January 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 234
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 4 February 2018

It’s been another rough week for me, I’m really struggling with my bipolar right now, not sleeping, hearing voices, and balancing on the edge of a cliff where if I fall I’m in full-blown mania. My meds have been adjusted and dealing with those side effects are just as bad as the illness itself. But I’m getting through and I just have to keep reminding myself that it will end.

I do have things I want to talk about but I just don’t have it in me right now so I’ll just go with the update and hopefully, by next week I will have more wits about me…

Book of the Month

January has come to an end so it’s time to pick a book of the month, and straight away I just can’t pick one, it’s been a stellar month for books…I see my top 10 at the end of the year being impossible!

The Bitter Twins is the latest from Jen Williams, book two in The Winnowing Flame Trilogy. This book was everything I expect from Williams and more. Firmly cementing her position at the top of my fantasy author tree. My review can be found here.

The Dragon’s Wing and The Tiger’s Ambush are books two and three in the Kit Davenport series by Tate James and I’m classing them as a two for one here. While this is pegged as a reverse harem series, the paranormal/urban fantasy elements are absolutely fantastic and have me completely hooked. Anybody who loves paranormal/urban fantasy and is curious about reverse harem this is the series to start with because it is just perfectly executed and for me, the fantasy elements are far more prominent, although the romance is hot and heavy when it gets going.

Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis is a surprise entry, the author had approached another blogger who reviews crime and she had tagged me and a couple of other fantasy loving bloggers. I was hooked by the description so despite not wanting to take on new books right now I said I would review it and I have no regrets, it was gripping, funny, and had some of the best battle scenes I’ve read in a while. Just so friggin good. Here is my review.

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This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: A Week To Be Wild by J.C. Harroway, and Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis.
Four Star: Hunted by Mila Young, and Silver Moon by Nikki Landis
Three Star: Spirited by C.M. Stunich

Other Posts

2Cellos were featured on Music Monday. The new TBR Topple post has gone up so check it out and vote on which book I@m going to read from my TBR this month. Lainy from Always Reading took part in The Bookshelf this week.

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#Review: Hunted by Mila Young @MilaYoungAuthor

Description

Little Red Riding Hood. Three Big Bad Wolves. A Poisonous Scheme.

Scarlet, a healer, lives nestled in the forest surrounded by humans on one side and wolves on the other. But when a rogue wolf attacks her, she’s rescued by another pack and taken deep into their den to perform her healing magic on an injured Alpha.

The wolves in the forest are under threat from a mysterious affliction, and Scarlet is the only hope they have left. Faced with a mixed pack of threatened shifters, Scarlet must use her wits and magic to survive and unravel the strange affliction now affecting the wolves… All while trying to navigate an overpowering attraction to not just one, but three of the Alphas.

Witches, wolves, magic and love intertwine in an exciting mystery that finds its own, unique, ‘Happily Ever After.’

Note: Each book in the Haven Realm series is a standalone book.

Review

I saw this being promoted in one of the reverse harem groups I am in on Facebook and while I am not generally a fan of fairy tales or fairy tale retellings there was something about the blurb which hooked me and I pre-ordered it.

Our Red Riding Hood in this story is Scarlet, a healer who runs a herb store in the human part of the world, near the forest where she lives. Close to where she lives is The Den, the part of the world ruled by wolves, neither is permitted to cross the boundary into the other’s realm, but when Scarlet witnesses something she isn’t supposed to she ends up in The Den by accident while fleeing for her life.

Rescued by Alpha’s and taken to a cabin she is asked to heal one of the Alpha’s who was injured rescuing her. But she is connected to these men…no wolves, and has to battle with her desire to return home versus her growing feelings for these men who ignite a fire inside of her body and soul.

I loved watching Scarlet interact with these three wolves, each of them very different, not only in their own personalities but in how they reacted to her. The dangers within the Den that were encroaching on the things happening within the cabin were very real and Scarlet’s desire to help was so genuine, proving some of the prejudice that was held about humans very wrong.

For me, this was a story which certainly had elements to remind you of the original story but was very much an original standalone story of its own which was what I loved most about it. Immediately after finishing it I pre-ordered the next two books in the series (the second now downloaded and read, review to follow shortly), i’m fairly sure I’ve found a new addiction.

I think I might have enjoyed fairy tales a bit more when I was younger if they were like this! Just saying!

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleHunted
Series: Haven Realm #1
Author: Mila Young
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Reverse Harem | Werewolves | Magic | Fairy Tale Retelling
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 16 January 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 258
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 28 January 2018

I just don’t have words for this week, so I’m going to just let the books do the talking…

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This week I have reviewed:

Four Star: Shadow Walker by Tiffany Shand, and Elements of Mischief by Tate James and C.M. Stunich
Three Star: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley, and Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt.

Other Posts

This week I featured an excerpt as part of a spotlight for Catherine Green’s new novel Return of the Vampire Hunter. Cheap Trick were my choice for Music Monday this week. I had a guest post from Tate James and C.M. Stunich as part of the Elements of Mischief blog tour. This week I welcomed J Aislynn d’Merricksson onto the bookshelf.

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Week in Review – 21 January 2018

I know I mentioned last week that my mental health is having a bit of a wobble at the moment, I’ve reached a point now where I’m really not well at all. I’m really close to tipping into a full manic episode so I may need to just take a break from blogging for a short while. I’ve already cut back on social media and popping in on you guys, apologies guys. I’ve got posts scheduled to a certain point so if I do drop off you may not notice it straight away. I’m playing it by ear right now, and doing everything I need to, to take care of myself…especially in light of my next piece of news…

So one of the things I have had to keep tightlipped about recently, my volunteering job at the mental health charity has been converted into a paid role. I’ve been going through the process of applying for it formally and interviewing and I have now been offered the job and will start tomorrow. It’s only 10 hrs per week so I will still have plenty of time for the freelance work I have, and the blog and my writing but I’m really looking forward to getting more involved with their digital marketing.

I’ve had an interesting invitation this week which I decided to accept. I was asked to be one of the reader judges for the Your Laugh Line awards. I thought it was a fab opportunity to read some humorous books, a genre I really don’t dip into enough.

Your Laugh Line

The contest has two components. One is a Reader’s Choice Award. Readers can log onto https://yourlaughline.com/vote and enter the author and book of their choice. The author who receives the most reader votes will win $250 and an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

The other component is an adjudicated contest for books submitted by authors and/or their publishers.  The form is available at https://yourlaughline.com/laugh-line-humorous-book-awards.  The cost to enter the competition is $20 per book. Those books will be judged by a panel of expert book reviewers. The winning author will receive $500, plus an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

Authors can enter the competition between February 1st and April 30th.  Reader’s Choice voting runs from February 2nd to August 15th.  Books making it past the first round will be announced on July 1, second round list on August 1, and the final winner on September 1. Honorable mentions will be made for category-specific books.

So, there you have it…if you’re interested in entering your book you definitely should and if you’re interested in judging you should definitely get in touch with them, I’m sure they would appreciate it!

Right, here are this week’s book updates:

TBR Topple Winner

To Journey In The Year Of The Tiger - H. Leighton DicksonThe winner of the TBR Topple poll this month with 55% of the votes was To Journey in the Year of the Tiger by H. Leighton Dickson. I’m thrilled this book won, the last book of Dickson’s I read was incredible so I am looking forward to getting started on this one. Keep an eye open for the review next month, and a new poll in the early days of February.

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What I’ve Read

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Book Post

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This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: The Tiger’s Ambush by Tate James and Pack Obsidian Gold by C.M. Stunich
Four Star: Impossible Promise by Sybil Bartel and Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson.
Three Star: Prosecco Christmas by Sylvia Ashby

Other Posts

Shinedown were featured on Music Monday. Nia from The Most Sublime was on The Bookshelf this week.

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