ARC Review: Pirate Nemesis by Carysa Locke


Pirate Nemesis

Author: Carysa Locke

Series: Telepathic Space Pirates #1

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, YA

Format: Audiobook

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A smuggler running from her past, Mercy desperately wants answers to her mother’s disappearance. All roads lead her to the one place she can’t return: home.

Killers. Thieves. Pirates. Family. 

Mercy has spent her life evading the Pirate Queen who attempted to murder her as a child. Now, living as a smuggler with the outlawed Talent of telepathy, she keeps her head down, takes jobs that keep her moving, and searches for answers about her mother’s disappearance fifteen years ago. 

But living outside the law has consequences. 

Tricked and captured, Mercy must choose between two rival factions: the terrorists who will do anything to exploit her gifts for themselves, and the pirates she’s been eluding since childhood. 

Her only ally is the most dangerous killer of them all, and trusting him may be her final mistake.

Star Wars meets Firefly in this space fantasy series readers compare to Ilona Andrews and Nalini Singh.

my review

I received a free copy for an honest review.

My biggest problem in the book is the portrayal of the protagonist, Mercy. Mercy is the EXTREMELY cliched YA heroine who is always kind, brave, bad-ass, and “didn’t want the power”. This bugs me a lot because I’m so sick of the trope in fictional works where the protagonist “didn’t ask for” this amazing power, and “doesn’t want this”. I personally think that this trope is way too overused and is quite unrealistic because I really can’t relate to any character or real life person who would not be at least a little bit awed by the amazing power that they “unknowingly” possess.

But aside from this, other things are all really enjoyable. Reaper is an amazing character (who is super flushed out) and is the perfect partner to Mercy. The story-line is also really interesting and the whole concept of the “talented” and how their society works (can’t get too much into it because of spoilers) is also pretty creative and interesting.

I would recommend this book to people who are interested in a pretty standard YA book with a really interesting romantic interest, as well as psychic abilities mixed with science fiction elements.

Rating: 3.5/5

about the author

Carysa Locke is a pseudonym. Carysa loves to write, and she and her best friend, MaLea Holt, have been creating imaginary worlds together for more than twenty years. Carysa writes the books while MaLea creates the worlds and often runs roleplay games in them. Carysa has a degree in English, and another in teaching, but she’d rather spend time writing wonderful stories and sharing them with readers, and MaLea helps support families with special needs children.

Their obsession with pirates and adventure goes back many years, when they started another hobby together – costuming. They regularly attend Ren-faires and Pirate Festivals. They currently reside in the Pacific Northwest with their families, where they still routinely roleplay and costume together.

Audiobook Review: Phoenix by Autumn Reed and Julia Clarke



Authors: Autumn Reed and Julia Clarke

Series: The Stardust #1

Genre: Reverse Harem, Romance, YA, New Adult

Format: Audiobook

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The Stardust Series follows the story of Haley Jones and six dangerously appealing guys—Liam, Knox, Ethan, Chase, Theo, and Jackson.

All Haley Jones wants for her eighteenth birthday is answers. Thanks to an overprotective dad and a secluded existence in the Sierra Nevada wilderness, Haley has never experienced a typical life. Her dad claims there’s a good reason for their isolation, but he refuses to tell her why, delaying her questions with the promise of answers when she turns eighteen. That day has finally arrived, but the explanation raises more questions than answers. And when Haley wishes for the chance to explore the world, she finds that the old adage rings true—be careful what you wish for.

my review

I received a free copy for an honest review.

If you do not like slow paced books, especially books with slow development and beginnings, be wary of this book.

Although this book got into the story fairly quickly, it definitely took its time to slowly develop the relationship and chemistry between the guys and our protagonist, Harley. Even though I usually love slow developments like this, the reason I don’t like this in this book specifically is I usually like the slow pace and development for hate-love relationships, not friendship to romance relationship. I love when book series takes the time to develop a dislike of friendship than to romance, but I personally am not a big fan of friendship to romance directly because I find that boring. However, if you like that kind of trope, you will probably enjoy this book.

This book taking its time in its storytelling also gave extra depths to the development of the mysteries behind the events that occur in the story.

Because of the slow-paced style, I believe this is a book – and series in general that you either love it or hate it. If you didn’t like it that much half-way toward the book (like me), chances are you’re just wasting your time and it’s not for you. However, if this type of slow-paced friendship-to-romance paranormal storyline is a trope type that you like, then continue the series. You’ll definitely love how much the author took her time to flush out the story-line and character interactions.

To sum it up, I really appreciate how flushed out the story and character interactions were in the book, and how much the authors took their type to develop the story and not try to rush out or overly condense the story. But because of (for me specifically) tropes that I do not like, I can’t give this book a very high review. But again, you if you like flush-about series with tropes such as friendship-to-romance or slower-paced paranormal YA books in general, I would recommend this book to you.

Rating: 3/5

about the author

Julia Clarke is An adventurer at heart, Julia dabbles in everything from tap dance to calligraphy. When she’s not traveling with her husband or playing with her daughter, Julia is learning new recipes, hiking, sailing, or inhaling copious amounts of fine chocolate.

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Autumn is a lifelong bookworm with a penchant for sarcasm. She loves cloudy days, fluffy dogs, and murdering succulents. When she isn’t bringing daydreams to life on the page, she can be found behind the lens of a digital camera or binge-watching Veronica Mars.

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ARC Audiobook Review: Gods and Demons by B.R. Kingsolver


Gods and Demons

Author: B.R. Kingsolver

Series: Dark Streets #1

Genre: Paranormal, Urban fantasy, paranormal, young adult

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Life’s tough as an Elf girl stranded in Earth’s realm.

When a jaguar shifter drops in out of nowhere and asks me for help in tracking down an ancient blood-magic statuette, I say no thank you. I learned a long time ago the key to survival is keeping a low profile. But it’s hard to ignore an artifact of the gods powerful enough to blow holes in reality.

Enter stalker werewolves in a black Mercedes and magicians trying to capture me. They all think I know where the damned statue is. Then I’m attacked by demons.

It wouldn’t be so bad, but some of them are really rude. Being rude is a capital crime where I come from.

Time for a lesson in manners.

My review

I received a free copy for an honest review.

This is a really good example of a book that is very well written and structured – but fails still failing to capture the reader’s attention.

Maybe it was because I was listening to this in audiobook format, but despite the fact that I’ve seen some great review of this book and how I am able to recognize the potential of this book myself, I can’t help but drop it after five chapters. Because from my reading experience, if I didn’t enjoy a book by then, 99% I wouldn’t enjoy it anymore as the book progresses, so I if I keep reading I know I’ll just be wasting my time. The cover was gorgeous, the protagonist is interesting, and it’s got a paranormal story-line. There was nothing wrong with the pace either – it was not too slow or too fast.

The point I’m trying to make is that this is not a bad book, in fact, you may actually enjoy. But it was just not for me.

about the author

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

As to my other interests, I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff.

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