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LEUCA by John Sleeper


Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, John Sleeper, for an honest review.

Genre: Adult/YA/Fantasy

Plot: How could anyone resist when this 6 foot 1½ inch drop dead gorgeous platinum blonde standing in the middle of a swimming pool completely naked beckons you to join her? None could and everyone at the Brentwood party jumped into the Olympic size pool.
Leuca, the world’s most sought after clothing model has her own jet plane, her own house on the Malibu coast, makes more money than any other model and she has a secret that she tells no one. Only her closest family members know her secret and they won’t tell because it is their secret as well.
A private investigator gets curious because of what his girlfriend Marie, Leuca’s housekeeper, tells him in confidence. He tries to find out what the truth is when he stumbles across a story in a tabloid and Leuca decides to quit the modeling business at the same time to go live with her family whom she hasn’t seen since she was two years old.
She suddenly quits the modeling business and goes to live in a small village where she was born and orphaned at the age of two. She finds relatives here that she never knew existed and if anyone had told her about them she would not have believed the stories.
The truth of who Leuca really is and where she comes from is stranger than anything any of her friends could imagine. Even those who would like to pry into her secret must be careful because everyone knows curiosity killed the cat and others as well.
Myths and legends are fascinating things. When investigated they always appear to have roots in fact. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to find that someone you know or maybe even yourself could be related to mythic heroes or gods? Would you know if you were a direct descendent of such people? How would you react if someone pulled you aside and said you were a descendent of what you were always told were mythological gods?
Chances are you wouldn’t believe it but… what if they offered to prove it to you? And if they gave you some small but compelling evidence on the spot? Can you say you would tell them to get lost and walk away? No, you wouldn’t… would you?

Opinion: This story is a bit difficult to explain without giving the entirety of what happens away to potential new readers, but alas…here is my attempt to do so, as your faithful book pusher. As this has been my first read in over a month (I know, I can’t believe it either) due to an insane work/school schedule, this book was something different to get me once more into the mode of becoming a hermit and escaping back into “book world”. Leuca gives the reader an interesting look at the beauty and terror that engulfs the human race, but also combines the mythical fantasy of Olympic Gods that we all grew up learning about.

Leuca is the world’s top model, and various designers are on a list that goes out two years just for the chance to work with her. With a close to perfect physique and spectacular personality, Leuca is loved by all she comes in contact with. But soon a modeling opportunity in Greece turns Leuca’s rather unique lifestyle into an even more exciting discovery. She soon finds her long-lost family and the truth about herself and why she is so different, she is immortal and comes from the bloodline of Olympian Gods. While Leuca learns of her family history and new skills that she hadn’t realized she had before, she is also put in various dangerous situations and is forced to see the uglier side of humankind. With the world falling deep into horrible human acts such as animal cruelty and terrorism, the Olympic Gods are forced to decide the fate of the humans due to the Gods being their creators. Readers follow Leuca as she learns about herself and the history of her family, while also trying to find a solution to what to do about the species that she spent her life growing up with.

The entire time I was reading Leuca, I don’t think I ever once wondered to myself “Oh, I know where this is going”. Something I have always enjoyed about reading, is when an author isn’t EVER predictable in their storytelling. Nowadays it can be rather impossible to find a story in the Fantasy genre that doesn’t have to do with vampires, wolves, faeries, or some kind of angel and demon. Though we all are still obsessed with reading about these creatures, I can now only truly appreciate the tales that blindside me and go in a completely sideways direction than where I was prancing my excited little feet towards. In this case, John sleeper has done a WONDERFUL job of ensuring that I was a blinded passenger just along for his fantastical ride into a realm where Olympic Gods walk among humans.

The pace throughout the story is even and very easy to follow, but the way in which each character converses is probably my favorite quirk about how this author writes. Our main character, Leuca, is told to the reader to have traits where her voice is melodic and enchanting. Most might agree that being told this by the author is enough for the reader to understand that the characters voice makes her desirable and demure sounding, but OF COURSE this author takes it a step further. He binds Leuca and many of the other Olympic Gods to speak in a very “old-timey” and proper fashion. I adore the fact that the author put that extra step into the character development by ensuring that they sound highly educated and that their personalities emit worlds and millennia’s of knowledge.

Another amazing aspect in this story is the outlook the author gives the reader about our fellow humans. I think the author did a great job of showcasing the uglier side of humans and what they are capable of, while also giving the Olympians the opportunity to decide their fate. I do feel as if the ending was rushed through, and wish that this could have been a little bit more elaborated on. I was able to witness the Olympians discuss the fate of the humans and the various options as to what could happen to them, but then all of a sudden the decision was made and that was that. It felt rushed to me, and I wish the book could have been a little bit more drawn out with a conclusion that really made me feel like I was in awe. More descriptions and elaborations are never a bad thing in a story, ESPECIALLY when the genre falls into Fantasy!

All in all, this is a very unique fantasy story. I think this was a great book to get me back into my reading mode, and the originality of it is definitely going to be a book that I will be telling others about. I highly suggest you guys give it a try and see that there are other Fantasy books out there that AREN’T just about demon slayers and teenage girls that have obsessions with mythical creatures. This is something different and refreshing and I think you guys will really enjoy it!

3 Stars


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Have you ever loved someone with your whole heart? Even when all they seem to do is break it time and time again? Well unfortunately I have and I’m here to tell you it isn’t fun at all.
My name is Sadie and I’m head over heels in love with my best friend Jeremy. He says he loves me too, The problem? He says it’s his Dad. I say it’s my pants size. I may never know the truth but I’m starting to see that I deserve someone who can love me, not just when it’s the two of us but when we are in public as well.
Hey I’m Jeremy and before you get the wrong idea about me I’m here to tell you that Sadie’s size has nothing to do with the reason why I want to keep our relationship a secret. Okay, maybe it is. How do I overcome that? I love her, I really do but I can’t get my father’s words out of my head, along with everyone else’s. I know I shouldn’t care what anyone thinks, but I do. Can you help me overcome that before I lose the only girl I have ever loved?
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CRYSTAL KINGDOM (Book 3 in The Kanin Chronicles) by Amanda Hocking

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Genre: YA/Adult/Fiction/Fantasy

Plot: Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she’s the Kanin people’s only hope.

Bryn Aven-unjustly charged with murder and treason-is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is underway-and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same…

Opinion: This is the FINAL book in The Kanin Chronicles, and I am so sad to see it end! I wish there were twenty more books to go along this these, but unfortunately there isn’t. Crystal Kingdom wraps up the ever-growing turmoil in the Kanin kingdom, but not without bringing a full-fledged war that Bryn finds herself in the heart of.

After being charged with treason, Bryn Aven is on the run from the Kanin kingdom. But after only a few days in hiding, Konstantin Black finds her and persuades her to join forces to protect each other. Though Bryn is still unsure if she can fully trust Konstantin, she realizes that she could use all the help she can get in order to get back to Doldastam and protect the people she cares about. In an effort to clear her name, Bryn travels to different kingdoms in the hopes that she can persuade them in fighting against Queen Mina. But soon the Kanin Queen declares war on the Skojare kingdom, and Bryn has no other choice but to enlist in the fight against her home. Soon alliances are formed, and the kingdoms break out into a war for the ages.

I just LOVED this series. Crystal Kingdom perfectly wrapped everything up, and I was very happy with everything that happened. In this installment of The Kanin Chronicles Bryn is on the run because Queen Mina has charged her unjustly with treason. She teams up with Konstantin Black, and we are shown how much his character really has changed. I knew I was right in my reasoning for why Konstantin was always finding Bryn and protecting her, but I am more than a little disappointed in the final events. I won’t elaborate on that for a reason…read the books to know what I’m talking about! 😉 I found the character of Ridley to be a little…off in this book. Considering the things that happened to him in this book, I still think his character was just a little out of it. He was such a strong presence in Frostfire and Ice Kissed, so I think he fell a little flat in this one and I kind of forgot about his character. With so much going on in Crystal Kingdom, I don’t think I can be blamed for that one.

The reader is once again introduced to all new characters to love and hate, as well as “seeing” other places besides Storvatten and Doldastam. I enjoyed how the author showed many differences between the other kingdoms, in their ways of life and their royalty. We also FINALLY get to find out what has been really going on, and trust me, it ALL comes back around full circle. The author did a really fantastic job of tying everything together. She is so fantastic in her descriptions and small details, I felt like I was watching a movie unfolding in my hands.  The character of Bryn really shines in this final book, and she grows up a lot. I was so proud to see her character realize that honor and duty aren’t the only important things in life, but I do love what a strong and fierce warrior she is. Though I loved this series and this final book, I do have a qualm with how rushed the ending felt. So many times I’ve read a well-written and imagined story, with an ending that just feels too quick. I wish the author could have elaborated on some of those final scenes, because the pace of the series really needed there to be a strong ending to seal the deal for the reader.

With that said, AMAZING series! Maybe I just really like getting lost in fantasy stories about a strong female lead taking names with a badass sword in her hands. Or maybe, this series is just that addicting, who can really say? In any case, GO OUT AND GET THIS SERIES READERS! It’s a great way to get lost in another world for a few days, and who doesn’t love that?!

4 Stars


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ICE KISSED (Book 2 in The Kanin Chronicles) by Amanda Hocking


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Genre: YA/Adult/Fiction/Fantasy

Plot: In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing the mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level―one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it’ll change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

Opinion: Here we are, book 2 in The Kanin Chronicles. I swear I have been reading this series so fast that all the books are starting to blend together, but in a fantastic way. Ice Kissed begins right where book 1, Frostfire, has left off. Due to this being a three part series, and this being the middle book, I am probably going to run through this review rather quickly. It’s usually a bit easier to summarize the entire series as a whole in the last books review, so watch out for that one!

After Bryn and her boss Ridley return home from Storvatten, Bryn copes with the sense of failure at not locating the missing Skojare Queen; as well as, letting Konstantin Black escape again. As the threats on the Kanin kingdom grow, so do the threats at the kingdom in Storvatten. Bryn, along with a Högdragen guard named Kasper, are then sent back to protect the Skojare people and the kingdom. Due to the royal family feeling that there is corruption among their guards, Bryn and Kasper work to find out what was really behind the disappearance of Queen Linnea. Soon hidden secrets start to surface, and more than one mystery starts to intertwine as the kingdoms move closer to war.

So there is A LOT happening in this book, and there is no way I can touch on everything without this review taking at least two hours to read. Therefore, I will try to summarize the book in its entirety, without giving too much away. This book starts off with Bryn and Ridley just arriving back to Doldastam. Bryn is having some serious regrets about not being able to find Queen Linnea, and for letting Konstantin Black get away again. But Bryn being Bryn, she is determined more than ever to set things right and protect innocent people and her kingdom. Once again, Bryn finds herself at the Skojare palace with Kasper, a Högdragen guard, where they work together to find out what is really going on in the kingdom. After talking to multiple guards and the royal family, they feel that they keep hitting dead ends. But after the Skojare King is almost killed, they start to find clues as to what is really going on.

I really enjoyed this story, and think it was a great follow up to book 1. The main character is in a new setting, working with new characters, and there is another mystery intertwining into the already major issues that are happening. I think Bryn is developing into a great character, and in this installment she has proven to be a highly likeable and real person. The author has been doing a great job of keeping the reader on their toes about what the conclusion will be, and this book was no exception. I had started off having a VERY strong inkling to who was behind everything, but the author throws in all these extra “scenes” and problems that kind of started to throw me. At the end of the book I was completely shocked (but in some ways, not too shocked) about what happened to Bryn, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book 3…which I just received in the mail! SCORE!

The relationship between Bryn and Ridley heats up in this book, and I mean it seriously HEATS up. It’s so hot it’s dipping over that line of PG-13 but kind of R rated…kind of. I will say, their wishy-washy-ness with each other was starting to get on my nerves in this book. Sometimes I wish I could just grab those characters, shake them, and make them get over their weird insecurities. Honestly guys, were all adults here!

I know I sped through this one, but it is all leading up to book 3 so that I can summarize the series as a whole. Book 2 is usually, in most cases, a book that sets up for the final book that brings everything together. The refreshing thing about this series that I am finding is that these books flow so perfectly together, and they each have their own special thing going on. I am really recommending this series to all of you, it has gotten me addicted for the past three days and I am going to be so sad when it’s over.

4 Stars


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FROSTFIRE (Book 1 of The Kanin Chronicles) by Amanda Hocking

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Genre: YA/Adult/Fiction/Fantasy

Plot: Hidden deep in the heart of a snow-covered wilderness lies the secret kingdom of the Kanin―a magical realm as beautiful as it is treacherous…
Bryn Aven has never fit into Kanin society. Her blond hair and blue eyes set her apart as an outsider―a half-blood unable to hold a respectable rank. But she’s determined to prove herself as a loyal protector of the kingdom she loves. Her dream is to become a member of the King’s elite guard, and she’s not going to let anything stand in her way…not even her growing feelings for her boss, Ridley Dresden. A relationship between them is strictly forbidden, but Bryn can’t fight her attraction to him. And she’s beginning to think he feels it too.
Meanwhile, there’s an attack on the kingdom―one that will test Bryn’s strength like never before. Finally, she has the chance to confront Konstantin Black, the traitor who tried to kill her father years ago. It’s up to Bryn to put a stop to him before he strikes again. But is she willing to risk everything to protect a kingdom that doesn’t accept her for who she really is? And when her mission brings her closer to Ridley, will she be able to deny her heart?

Opinion: It feels like forever since I have done a review! Which is probably because it has been quite some time…I blame work and school for that one. But not only have I not done a review, I have BARELY been reading!

So thankfully, the first book I started reading yesterday that has gotten me back into the swing of things was this little gem. MY OH MY readers, have I found a great series! But do you know what the BEST part is?!?! I got books 1 and 2 from, book 1 is going for $2.49 and book 2 is going for $3.99. You can’t beat those prices. Unfortunately book 3 isn’t on there right now, so I had to go order it from, but keep checking because they restock a lot! I have inserted the links above so you can go find all of them.

Bryn Aven has been working her entire life towards joining the elite Högdragen, which is the highest form of guard that has the task of protecting the Kanin kingdom. When the reader first meets Bryn, it is right before her father is attacked by the Queen’s personal guard, for reasons that continue to be a mystery for years later. Now Bryn serves as a tracker, one who goes to human areas to locate and bring home changelings from their kingdom. But when on a mission to retrieve a high school student named Linus, Bryn notices that someone else is also tracking him. Soon, the man that tried to harm her father those years ago is thrown back into the picture and causing harm to the people in her kingdom. After several other high-ranking changelings become in danger, the trackers are forced to go out and retrieve all of them at once. Now Bryn, her fellow trackers, and her boss Ridley have the overwhelming task of trying to stop a full-fledged war from breaking out. All they have to do, is figure out why the changelings are being taken and who exactly is behind it all.

Long description, but it sadly barely summarizes what happens in this book. Because A LOT happens. It is a very addicting and smooth read from start to finish, and I finished it in about 5 hours…which of course lead me to then starting book 2 right after. Trust me when I tell you that this story is seriously addicting. The character of Bryn is a nice twist on those female badass protagonists that I am so fond of. I like that the author has made her a bit of an outcast, which in turn makes her character work that much harder for what she wants. I have found so many times in books that the female lead has all these amazing powers and can do things that nobody else can, which turns out to be kind of “eye-roll esque”. I like that Bryn has no specialty powers, which in turn makes her character have to work so much harder to be as good or even better than her fellow trackers. Her outlook on love, duty, and pride is highly refreshing. She isn’t a boy-crazy adolescent, she has goals and a focus that makes her very likeable and easy to follow. Though there is a small something that starts to brew between Bryn and her boss Ridley, it is so dragged out that I can honestly say this story focuses on the fantasy and action rather than the romance.

The story development is fairly well-done, in regards to the history that the author puts forth about the kingdoms and types of trolls/changelings. I have read a few other reviews that insisted that this series was rather monotonous or unoriginal. I personally found it to be the complete opposite of monotonous. There is not an excessive amount of “down-time” in between events, and the down-time that DOES happen is written in a way that doesn’t bore the reader and make them feel uninterested. Though there are quite a few fantasy stories out in the “BookWorld” right now that are similar, I found this to be a nice twist. The characters are fresh, the story highly developed, and the reader is kept guessing.

I really recommend this book and this series to anyone who loves a great fantasy story that highlights a female protagonist. As I had said before, I read this book in about five hours, and that was with multiple breaks. If I read it that quickly, please take that as a hint that I couldn’t get enough of it. This has definitely become a new favorite series of mine, and I am currently in the middle of reading book 2. Hope to have a review up for it soon! GO GET THIS SERIES READERS!!

4 Stars


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THE SNAKE DEN (The Shadow & Ink Series Book 2) RELEASE DAY!! by Nikki Rae

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The Crow Box (The Shadow & Ink Series, Book One)
The small wooden box is dirty, the size of a human fist, and sealed with wax. When Corbin takes it upon herself to clean it and break the seal, a voice she has tried to ignore gathers strength. Shadows play on the walls at night, and with a family history of mental illness, Corbin fears the worst. But the voice tells her it is real. That its name is Six and it will prove it in time.
Drawn to this mysterious entity, Corbin isn’t sure what to believe and the line between reality and her imagination blurs more every day.
Some doors should not be opened; can this one be closed?
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The Snake Den (The Shadow & Ink Series, Book Two)
The box has opened a door to the dark place where the voice Corbin hears dwells. Not only that, but she’s brought it forth in human form, into her world, into the light. But others have been alerted to her existence, and Six is only the beginning of the imaginary becoming real. Torn between her love for Six and wanting a normal life, Corbin must decide if she should live in the light or hide in the dark.
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Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.
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