Alpha Malik (Alpha: Book 5) by Midika Crane

Alpha Malik (Alpha, #5)

Title: Alpha Malik

Author: Midika Crane

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: August 30th, 2017

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Number of pages: 

POV: 1st person

Series: Alphas

Alpha Landon – Book 1 (review here)

Alpha Kaden – Book 2 (review here)

Alpha Grayson – Book 3 (review here)

Alpha Jasper – Book 4

Alpha Malik – Book 5

Where you can find Alpha Malik: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

“Two girls from each Pack have been selected to represent themselves and their morals, to determine who is best suited for Alpha Malik…”

After being kidnapped and abused by an unruly rogue organization, Aria is forced to enter a competition with a man who has given up all hopes of finding his mate.

Alpha Malik is known as the Alpha of Love, and now Aria must compete against girls from every Pack, for his attention.

To save her own life, and his too, she must complete a mission that will force her into the Alpha’s arms. 

However, a twist in the game changes everything.

And the Alpha himself will realize that maybe his mate was never as far as he thought…

Fifth book in the Alpha Series (You can read as standalone)

Mature content.

Trigger warning: None

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The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin

The Dream Keeper's Daughter

Title: The Dream Keeper’s Daughter

Author: Emily Colin

Publisher: Ballantine Books, Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine

Date of publication: July 25th, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 482

POV: Alternating 1st person

Where you can find The Dream Keeper’s Daughter: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Eight years after the unsolved disappearance of her boyfriend Max Adair, archaeologist Isabel Griffin has managed to move on and rebuild her life with her young daughter, Finn, her last tie to Max. But after a series of strange incidents, Isabel begins to wonder if Max might still be alive somewhere, trying to communicate with her. She has no idea that the where isn’t the problem—it’s the when. Max has slipped through time and place, landing on his ancestral family plantation in 1816 Barbados, on the eve of a historic slave uprising. As Isabel searches for answers, Max must figure out not only how to survive the violence to come, but how to get back to his own century, the woman he loves, and the daughter he has only ever met in his dreams.

Trigger Warning: Beating of slaves, beating of a child

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51 Sleepless Nights: Thriller short stories collection about Demons, Undead, Paranormal, Psychopath’s, Ghosts, Aliens and Mystery by Tobias Wade

Horror Stories: 51 Sleepless Nights: Thriller short story collection about Demons, Undead, Paranormal, Psychopaths, Ghosts, Aliens, and Mystery

Title: 51 Sleepless Nights: Thriller short stories collection about Demons, Undead, Paranormal, Psychopath’s, Ghosts, Aliens and Mystery

Author: Tobias Wade

Publisher: Unknown

Date of publication: June 18th, 2017

Genre: Horror, short stories, paranormal

Number of pages: 358

POV: 1st person

Where you can buy 51 Sleepless Nights: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Horror/Thriller Stories Collection 
A diverse collection of short horror stories including the grizzly confessions of a serial killer, parallel dimensions, becoming trapped in a virtual world and encountering ancient aliens buried beneath the Earth’s crust. Demons, monsters, psychopaths, undead, mad experiments and paranormal – no matter what makes your heart race, you’re guaranteed to face your fear with these terrifying tales. 

Excerpt: 
I felt her arms around me, but she wasn’t trying to choke me or restrain me. She was… hugging me. It was such an alien sensation that I immediately opened my eyes. That’s when I saw them. Hundreds – no thousands of gossamer spider webs holding up her body like a marionette doll. I recoiled immediately, and she let me without the slightest resistance. 

The spiders were everywhere. Crawling across her face, through her hair. When she opened her mouth, I saw more of them inside her, pulling the threads to work her jaw. Her throat pulsed, and I knew more must be further down to vibrate her vocal chords. 

“But he’s never going to hurt you again. You have our word.” 

I was too shocked to fully understand what was happening. The alarm in my mind wouldn’t stop, and I still felt like I was about to pay for my rebellion. I didn’t want to stare, but couldn’t look away. I didn’t want to go and see, but my feet carried me there anyway. 

I opened Jeff’s room and found him on his bed. His hands and feet were bound with countless loops of spiderweb. More of it was across his face, tying his tongue securely to the roof of his mouth. His skin was perforated with a thousand holes, and spiders were crawling in and out of them as they carefully partitioned and wrapped each piece for consumption. His eyes blinked at me, although I don’t know if that was a sign of life or simply the successful attachment of yet another internal strand. I quietly closed the door and let them finish their work. 
-My Mother the Spider Queen

Trigger Warning: None

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A Life of Death (A Life of Death: Book 1) by Weston Kincade

A Life of Death: (A Thrilling Supernatural Detective Series full of Suspense, Book 1) (A Life of Death Trilogy)

Title: A Life of Death

Author: Weston Kincade

Publisher: Unknown

Date of publication: May 31st, 2017 (Originally published May 15th, 2011)

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, Mystery

Number of pages: 333

POV: 1st and 3rd person

Series: A Life of Death

A Life of Death – Book 1

The Golden Bulls – Book 2

Where you can find A Life of Death: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Alex Drummond is a troubled high school senior with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability. When he touches items that murder victims held in their final moments, Alex relives the events in gruesome detail, seeing what they saw, thinking their thoughts, and even feeling what they felt. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when the murders are so close to home and might reveal skeletons hidden for hundreds of years? Join Alex as he struggles to find his destiny, understand love, solve the mysterious murders within his small home town, and speak for victims who can no longer speak for themselves.

Trigger Warning: Child Abuse

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Hunger (The Energy Vampires: Book 2) by Jacquelyn Frank

Hunger: The Energy Vampires Book Two

Title: Hunger

Author: Jacquelyn Frank

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: August 8th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

Number of pages: 320

POV: 3rd person

Series: The Energy Vampires

Thirst – Book 1

Hunger – Book 2

Where you can find Hunger: Barnes and Nobles | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Dark cravings and illicit blood lust are back in a novel of forbidden love set against the backdrop of an all-out vampire war, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga.

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Mated to The Werewolf King by Alena Des

Mated To The Werewolf King

Title: Mated To The Werewolf King

Author: Alena Des

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: August 2nd, 2017

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy

Number of pages: Unknown

POV: Alternating 1st person

Where you can find Mated To The Werewolf King: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Dive into a universe filled with magical creatures, from demons, “ifrits”, and werewolves to nymphs, witches, and superpowers-wielding entities. A must for fantasy and romance readers alike!

When Annabelle discovers that she is not the true daughter of the Alpha of her pack, her world, as she knows it, comes crashing down and she finds herself running to hide from the tyrannical Demon Lord who is hell-bent on finding her. 

Seeking protection, she flees to the court of the Werewolf King. He’s arrogant, stubborn and discerning of her very being, but willing to defend her… for now. 

Will the Werewolf King yield to the Demon Lord’s ultimatum and give her to the enemy or will she be the cause of a looming war between the two species?

More importantly, what does the Demon Lord want with Belle? She’s only a werewolf… isn’t she?

Trigger Warning: None

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Alpha Grayson (Alpha: Book 3) by Midika Crane

Alpha Series Book 2: Alpha Grayson by [Crane, Midika]

Title: Alpha Grayson

Author: Midika Crane

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: June 11th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal

Number of pages: 213

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Alpha

Alpha Landon – Book 1

Alpha Kaden – Book 2 (review here)

Alpha Grayson – Book 3

Alpha Jasper – Book 4

Alpha Malik – Book 5

Where you can find Alpha Grayson: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A rebellion to take down the Alphas has begun…

Lexia has been an unwilling member of the Vengeance Pack since she was kidnapped by Alpha Kaden at the age of thirteen. Previously a member of the Discipline Pack, she now plans an uprising to take down the Alphas and unify the 13 Packs.

But Fate has other plans for her. Lexia finds her mate in Alpha Grayson, from the Pack of Freedom; a man whose silver eyes leave Lexia without control over her carnal desires. But their romance becomes secondary when Cyprian, an evil source with magical powers, puts them both in grave danger on his mission to ignite a war.

Will Lexia and Grayson stand against Cyprian and prevent his schemes from coming to pass? Will they ever be able to consummate their newly found love?

My review:

When Inkitt approached me to review the 3rd book in the Alpha series, I was thrilled. I had enjoyed reading Alpha Kaden. Like I said in my review of Alpha Kaden, I enjoyed that this was a unwerewolf story (not phrased like that). What I mean is that I enjoyed that while it was understood that everyone in this series is a werewolf, they rarely shift but they keep their werewolf abilities and sense. It is a breath of fresh air.

So I was a little disappointed when I read the book. While the plot, itself, was fairly easy to follow, I didn’t like all the twists and turns that it took. I also didn’t like that a whole new pack and another set of characters were introduced almost half way through the story. While it went in line with the plot, it was still very hard to follow. If the author had kept to maybe two Alpha’s and the main bad guy, I would have been fine with it. But everything else, in my opinion, was not needed.

Lexia, I didn’t like. She was either hot or cold and there was no in between with her. What I mean by that is that either she hated the Alphas and wanted to overthrow them or she was working with them and mated to one. I kinda wanted to say “Make up your freaking mind, girlfriend”. Her reaction when she found out that Grayson was her mate was pretty bad too. Poor guy’s ego had to have been shot.

While Grayson came across as this totally mysterious, hot Alpha in Alpha Kaden, he came across as totally different in this book. I don’t know exactly how to explain how he was different but he wasn’t like he was in the other book. Which disappointed me.

The romance in this book really wasn’t there. While it had the fire of Alpha Kaden, it fizzled out and when they did come together, I didn’t see the mad chemistry that was wonderfully exhibited in Alpha Kaden. Again, disappointed me.

Also what bothered me were the many twists to the plot. Normally, I wouldn’t complain but I counted 3 major ones. I got turned around by the end of the book because the plotline was not the same as the book started out with.

The end of the book was left open for book 4. All the major plotlines were wrapped up but there were a couple there were not. Regardless of how I feel about this book, I think that the series is different and I can’t wait to read book 4

How many stars will I give Alpha Grayson: 2.5 (rounded up to 3 for Goodreads/Amazon)

Why: Fizzling romance, unlikable heroine, the hero was not the same person as in other books and too many twists in the plotlines.

Will I reread: No but I will read other books by the author

Will I recommend to family and friends: No

Age range: Adult

Why: Violence and sex

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