Tiny Gifts by Jennifer Amriss

Tiny Gifts

Title: Tiny Gifts

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Publisher: Magelight Press

Date of publication: August 8th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Literature

Number of pages: 49

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Tiny Gifts: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Nothing in Haylie’s life has been going right lately.
And now, all she loves might vanish.

Unexplained explosions when she’s stressed out and anxious are one thing, but they aren’t the worst. Learning that her boss and father-figure is dying of cancer and he’s selling his veterinary clinic is so much worse.

But when everything seems hopeless, Haylie gets an unexpected gift. A small kitten, Punkin, makes her world a little more bearable—and less explosive. With Punkin’s help, Haylie may just get through this terrible time in her life. And in the process, she learns that when things seem their darkest, miracles might just come in tiny packages.

All proceeds from Tiny Gifts will go to help a cat in need.

As part of the Kal’brath Universe, this short story is meant to be read before Race Against the Dark, which is FREE. Grab your copy today and enjoy both stories while helping a furry feline have a better life.

Trigger Warning: None

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Saving Sol’kyr by Jennifer Amriss

Saving Sol'kyr

Title: Saving Sol’kyr

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Publisher: Magelight Press

Date of publication: August 8th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Number of pages: 164

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Saving Sol’kyr: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

For millennia, Morough watched his friend suffer in silence.
Now there might be a cure.

An unlikely meeting leads Morough and Solíkyr to a quest to save a human girl, Haylie. While she’s in a coma, they travel to the human realm to bring back the only thing that could possibly help her nowhere cat, Punkin.

While Solíkyr takes care of Punkin, Morough watches his friend slowly change before his eyes and he realizes that they might have stumbled onto a way to heal more than just one soul.

All proceeds from Saving Sol’kyr will go to help a cat in need.

As part of the Kal’brath Universe, this novella is meant to be read after Race Against the Dark, which is FREE. Grab your copy today and enjoy both stories while helping a furry feline have a better life.

Trigger Warning: None

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Dragon Court (Dragon Highlands: Book 2)by Jennifer Amriss

Dragon Court (An M/M Gay Fantasy Romance)

Title: Dragon Court

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Publisher: Magelight Press

Date of publication: May 3rd, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, LGBT, Romance

Number of pages: 379

POV: 3rd person

Series: Dragon Highlands

Mage of Legend (review here)

Dragon Court

Where you can find Dragon Court: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

The Dragon King Returns.
But his reign may be at an end.

Xastrian and Velithor return to the Dragon Highlands expecting a celebratory welcome. Instead, his assassin is still at large, and the court is in an uproar. Xastrian may lose his right to rule, if not his life.

A kingdom at war.

A long-exiled warrior race is invading through a rip in the veil between worlds, and the court lays the fault at Xastrian’s feet. Faced with this new threat, the court wants to see a new elf on the throne.

A reluctant new co-ruler.

Velithor has kept away from crowds all his life, but his love for Xastrian is stronger. But when his father-in-law raises him as the new Dragon King, serving beside Xastrian, it might be too much. Especially when an old enemy emerges, this time with Velithor in his sights.

My review:

I can’t tell you guys how excited I was to read this book. I had read book 1 (Mage of Legend) and fell in love with Xastrian (Xastri) and Velithor (Veli). So when Jennifer was sending out the ARC’s for Dragon Court, I pounced on it. It exceeded my expectations and I was literally glued to the page.

The romance between Xastrian and Velithor was what made the book.  Their love for each other couldn’t be broken. Not by anyone or anything. I loved reading a book where such a love was put on display. Sure, the relationship was majorly tested, but they overcame it by talking about their issues (gasp). Amazing that fictional characters can do what real life people don’t do….talk about things.

I liked how Xastrian’s grandfather and father were portrayed in the book. I feel into Instalove with his grandfather, Va’asdrian. He was so accepting of Velithor and went out of his way to make sure that Velithor was comfortable. Now, Xastrian’s father, Mivikial, was a jerk when he first met Velithor and to be honest, I didn’t care for him. But the more he showed up in the story, the more he grew on me and I will say, that after a certain scene…..I loved him. If you want to know what that scene is, read the book.

The invasion storyline was very interesting because the invaders were coming through a rift caused by Xastri in the first book. I did wish that we were taken to that world by the author. That way I could have understood how they had magic nulling powers. Maybe another book because I find it is a race that I am fascinated with.

The Red Dragon storyline was very interesting. I say that because of what is revealed when Veli is taken there. I’m not going to go into it much because doing that will kinda ruin a part of the book. I will just leave it at this: Red Dragons are not what you think they are. Read the book to find out more about them.

Now, the assassin storyline. I will say that I did figure out part of it pretty early in the book. I figured it out right before Asseisal called for Xastri to be dethroned for his actions. I was a little shocked, though, at what happened afterward. Actually, a little shocked doesn’t cover what I felt. Again, something that I don’t want to show because it is a big part of the latter half of the book. You really need to read the book to find out what I am talking about.

I have to mention Velithor’s father. He was such an idiot (keeping that Amazon PC) and I was honestly surprised that Xastrian didn’t beat him down. But, when Velithor was stabbed, his father was there for him and took over his healing. It was during that healing that Velithor’s father reveals why he said was he said and expressed remorse for his past and present behavior. He also admitted a ton of guilt for the way Velithor was conceived and the miscarriages that followed his wife’s blood ritual. I was glad to see that Velithor and his father were working things out.

The sex scenes were hot. The last sex scene, though, speared my heart. Talk about an awesome way to heal and it made me love Veli and Xastri even more.

The end of the book had a twist in it that I didn’t see coming. Nothing was mentioned up until it was revealed and I was pretty shocked. But what also shocked me was what happened afterward. But, it was very fitting for all the mischief and mayhem that was caused in the book. There is a hint of an HEA in the book too….which makes me very happy.

How many stars will I give Dragon Court: 5

Why: This book exceeded everything I hoped for it. Amazing, well-written characters, storylines that were intense and kept me on my toes and a love that couldn’t be kept on the pages.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Violence, sex, and language. There are some scenes that could easy trigger people so I would read with caution

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Mage of Legend (Dragon Highlands: Book 1): A Kal’brath Novel by Jennifer Amriss

Mage of Legend (An M/M Gay Fantasy Romance): A Kal'brath Novel

Title: Mage of Legend

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Publisher: Magelight Press

Date of publication: February 3rd 2017

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, LBGTQIA

POV: 3rd person

Number of pages: 352

Series: Dragon Highlands

Mage of Legend – Book 1

Kal’brath Novels

Race Against the Dark – Book 1 (review here)

Healing Wounds – Book 2 (review here)

Twilight’s Children – Book 3 (review here)

Can be read out-of-order from series: Yes, first book in the Dragon Highlands series

Where this book can be found: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Dimensional Rifters Were Nothing But Legends.
Until now…

Ages ago, one of the old gods threw Minuvel, the last Ivari, into a dimensional prison. She was too powerful to kill, and too dangerous to let roam free. But her vault was lost.

A Spoiled King and A Skilled Hunter.

After a beautiful stranger saves his life, Xastrian, the new Dragon King, owes Velithor a life-debt. But as the two join forces to battle the crazed Ivari who shares their prison, he discovers he wants so much more. Soul-bonding with the shy, resourceful hunter would be worth anything. Even facing death a second time.

Trapped and Hunted.

Xastrian must rely on Velithor’s knowledge of the forest. Velithor must help Xastrian regain his power. And one of them must tap into the magic of legend to become a dimensional rifter before the Ivari drives Xastrian mad and ruins their chances of ever finding their way home.
Reading Order

*Mage of Legend
*Lurir: Going Home (Short Story)- COMING SOON!
*Dragon Court- COMING SOON!

Dragon Highlands Book 1.

This side duology to the Kings of Kal’brath series is set in the same universe where Mother, the sentient planet, cradles the races of three parallel worlds: Adradis of the elves and other magical races where the continent of Kal’brath resides, Earth of the magicless humans, and Morka of the magic-negating bashkai. If you loved the Kal’brath books, this duology brings back Velithor for more fun, romance, and gripping adventure.

These light fantasy romps are sure to be favorites you will want to read again and again.

Please note that this is book contains an M/M (Gay) Fantasy Romance subplot.

Want to know the reading order for the entire universe? Here you go!

1. Race Against the Dark (Kings of Kal’brath Pilot) [Het]
2. Healing Wounds: Mother Book One (Kings of Kal’brath 2) [Het]
3. Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two (Kings of Kal’brath 3) [Het]
4. Mage of Legend (Dragon Highlands 1) [Gay]
5. Lurir: Going Home (Dragon Highlands Short) [Clean]
6. Dragon Court (Dragon Highlands 2) [Gay]

My review:

I was so excited when Jennifer contacted me to let me know that not only did she have another Kal’brath novel coming out and it was going to have Velithor in it, I was super excited. I didn’t come out and squeal like a teenager at a boy band concert but it was pretty close.

I am going to admit, I wasn’t a fan of Xastrian at first. He takes off after an assassination attempt (hello, unknown person wanting to kill you!!) to practice his magic, which he isn’t very good at and not only did he end up blasting the area he was in (with everything in it) in between dimensions but he also almost died. After Velithor saves him, he acts like a spoiled brat. There were times I wanted to smack him. But he did start to grow on me. Slowly but he grew on me. By the end of the book, I really liked him.

Velithor, oh Velithor. I was so happy to see that he had a love interest that worshipped him. I actually cried a few times in the book. Once when Niral died saving him from the harpies (which, btw were not what I thought they would look like. WoW totally ruined that for me…..lol). Once when the mama grizzly died, leaving the cubs orphans and once when Velithor explained why he has white hair and Xastrian told him that he should feel cherished. Ahhhh…waterworks.

The sex scenes between Velithor and Xastrian were beyond hot and so sweet. The feelings between the both of them just came off the pages and to be honest, it made the sex even sweeter to read. What I really liked, though, was that they had sex twice. The rest of the time, it was them making out and letting their feelings grow between each other.

The storyline involving Minuvel was awesome. She was a witch with a capital B and didn’t fail to pull out all the stops when he flat-out told her no. I was neutral about her at first (I mean, I would be little witchy if locked in a prison for as long as she was) but when she tortured Xastrian in the tunnels, I hated her. But she did get what was coming to her so I felt vindicated.

The storyline with the sithak was interesting. Mainly because how he was connected to both Velithor and Xastrian. I wasn’t expecting to like him that much or for him to actually care about them both. From the last book, I thought that he was a monster and I am glad that my image of the sithak was changed. I hope that he makes appearances in other books!!

The end of the book was pretty opened ended. I do have some questions that I hope will be answered in the next book. Like how will a certain engagement end up? And who is the assassin? Will the cubs stay with Velithor and Xastrian?

How many stars will I give Mage of Legend? 4

Why: I really liked this book. I couldn’t put this book down. I had to find out if Xastrian and Velithor defeat Minuvel and escape the prison. I couldn’t put the book down and finished it within a day and a half. It was that good.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex and violence

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Book Review: Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two (Kings of Kal’brath: Book 3) by Jennifer Amriss

Twilight's Children: Mother Book Two (Kings of Kal'brath, #3)

Title: Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Published: September 16th 2016

Publisher: Magelight Press

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages: 301

POV: 3rd person

Series: Kings of Kal’brath

Race Against the Dark – Book 1 (review here)

Healing Wounds – Book 2 (review here)

Twilight’s Children – Book 3

Goodreads synopsis:

Seven years ago, an evil mage destroyed the spell keeping half the world in Twilight. Now, the spell’s effects are coming undone, and the results are devastating the ecosystem of the lower realms. Representatives meet at the Divide Estate to fix the problem, but Twilight Princess Cyranti Lorinar never shows.

On her way to the estate, an attack on Cyranti leaves her dying in the grass. But when a vampir and his gorgeous son, Danatarius, appear, they change everything. Turned into a vampir, her saviors whisk her to their Fold to complete her change. However, her second chance means she can never go home.

Trapped within the Fold, Cyranti becomes the catalyst for an ancient hatred. Proven it’s possible, the colony is determined to turn elves into vampir as revenge for being hunted. If she can’t warn her father and send the vampir to help her trapped friends, the Twilight will disappear and a war between vampir and elves will devastate Kal’brath. Can she overcome her new hunger for elven blood to avoid global disaster?

My review:

This book starts off with Princess Cyranti heading towards the Divide Estate (the same estate where Sam and Alyssa were held captive by Linholde in book 2) to fix when Linholde did when she was holding Sam and Alyssa captive….fix and restore the spell that keeps half of their world in Twilight. The spell had been unraveling in the lower realms and it was destroying the ecosystems of those who reside in the Twilight.

Only she doesn’t make it. She is attacked by an unknown person who kills her soul mount, Liria, and who slits her throat with a poisoned dagger. She is found by Kordan, the leader of the vampir, and his son, Danatarius, right as she was on the brink of death and they save her. Well, they turn her into a vampir and she is the first of her kind to be turned…if she survives the change.

Sol’kyr, Velithor, Morough, Lin’ra, Ka’lei, Tovran, Rynhon, Sam and Elan are at the estate waiting for Cyranti. When she doesn’t show up, Sol’kyr, Velithor and Lin’ra set off to find out what happened to her while the rest stay behind and enter the estate to prepare the spell. But it doesn’t go to plan, when they are suddenly trapped inside the estate with an insane elf who is called the Architect. They are made to play brutal games with him and he slowly knocks them all out until only Morough and Sam are left basically uninjured.

Cyranti survives the change and learns more about her new people. They are considered blood mages….which the elves consider evil. Dana, a natural-born vampire, goes to tell his people that she is the first elf ever turned and it doesn’t go so well. The people basically go nuts and try to attack Cyranti when she is found eavesdropping in on Dana’s speech. She escapes and hides in Dana’s room. While she is in there, she overhears that the people of the Fold are going to attack her father. She takes off, with Dana, to warn her father of the impending attack.

I will not go into the book from here on but it was really good. There is plenty of action and lots of blood. But giving that the bad guy and two of the good guys are blood mages, I really wasn’t expecting anything less.

This was a pretty clean book, sexwise. Dana and Cyranti do soul bond BUT they do not consummate it. There was too much going on (like saving their world….lol).

The ending was what I expected and I loved it!!!

How many stars will I give Twilight’s Children: 5

Why: The perfect ending to a great trilogy!!! The author couldn’t have wrapped things up any better than what was written!!

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: No sex but a lot of violence. There are a few gruesome scenes that come to mind (etchings in acid, being boiled alive in a bathtub, being stuffed like a turkey and then cooked over a spit)

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

 

 

Book Review: Race Against the Dark (Kings of Kal’brath: Book 1) by Jennifer Amriss

Race Against the Dark (Kings of Kal'brath, #1)

Title: Race Against the Dark

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Published: February 28th 2016

Publisher: Magelight Press

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages: 315

Series: Kings of Kal’brath

Race Against the Dark – Book 1

Healing Wounds: Mother Book One – Book 2

Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two – Book 3

Standalone: Yes

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Plagued by visions of poison green eyes, the name Ka’lei, and strange singing, Haylie knows she’s crazy. When she finds herself in the elf world, everything she thinks she knows gets blown away. Now, she’s a changeling come home, and her name really is Ka’lei.

Thrust into a battle of wills, Ka’lei struggles against the elfin Council to prove her adulthood and fight for the right to love whoever she chooses. Her birth mother’s attempt to kill her during the Council meeting then throws her straight into her ancestor’s ancient plot to destroy everything.

Looking exactly like her psycho ancestor, Ka’lei must get past her friends’ fears and somehow rally dubious allies for a race against the Dark. She battles not just to save two worlds. She fights to protect those she loves, and somehow hold onto the only place where she ever felt sane.

My review:

As most of you who have been following my blog knows how much I love fantasy, dark fantasy especially. So when I was invited by Jennifer to read/review the Kings of Kal’Brath trilogy, I was very excited. These seemed to be right up my alley. And oh, boy, are they!!!!

Haylie/Ka’lei (btw…LOVE that name) always knew she was different. She had visions of poisonous green eyes, memories of being called Ka’lei and of strange singing. When she tried to tell her parents and other people this, she was dubbed strange and eventually she was declared insane and put on heavy medications.

So it was no wonder that she thought she was losing it when she almost hit a horse who seemed to understand her, who wanted her to ride him (he bowed down) and takes her to an injured man in the forest. Even when he basically kidnapped her and brought her to his friends, she still thought she was going nuts. It wasn’t until she got sick and was pushed into remembering who she was….Ka’lei. An elf who was sent as a baby into the human world to protect her against an evil mother and something more sinister.

I absolutely loved that the elves could not only soul bond with their mates (bit of a spoiler but Morough and Ka’lei soul bonded) but with their mounts. And of course, Ka’lei bonds with what was probably scariest mount out there….a darksire called Culthar. See darksires are a man killing horses who eyes glow with a blue inner fire and who is magic neutral…which means that he can absorb magic. Their female counterparts are nightmares (which made me giggle a bit….lol) .

She got summoned to the Council and gets a surprise. Her mother, Lillias, was the current Queen of the Summerlands (Morough was the Prince of the Netherdark). When she was exposed, she tried to attack Ka’lei and ended up hitting the current King of the Netherdark….Iliastaire Lo’lorien. In an attempt to try to heal the King, Ka’Lei accidentally pulled his soul into her head. Whoopsie.

The love story between Morough and Ka’lei was fantastic. The sex scene was great….until it was pointed out that they had sex with the windows open so everyone could hear them. Then I got a little creeped out….as did Ka’lei. It was pointed out that royal newlyweds did that as custom to bless their people but still….ewwww. But before they had sex, they fell in love and their love story was so sweet. They had to be my favorite fictional couple :).

The subplot of Lillias and her crazy psycho ancestor that was trying to come back from the dead (she of the green eyes) was pretty good too. See Lillias, and Ka’lei,  is a direct descendant of Syr’del….an evil elf who was killed ions ago by Morough but who’s spirit is still around and she wants someone to restore her body so she can unleash hell on the Summerland and take it over.

Not going to go much into the book after that. Put it this way, there are deaths and births. Some of the deaths were tragic and one death….well that person really had it coming to them.

How many stars will I give Against the Dark? 4

Why: A wonderfully written fantasy that kept me glued to the book (I finished it in 1.5 days). The world building was great, as was the character building. I can’t wait to read the other books!!!

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Language, sex, violence.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**