Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Twist (Mageri #2) by Dannika Dark

Published: February 26, 2012
Publisher: Dannika Dark
Series: Mageri
Format: eBook
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Months after moving to the mysterious city of Cognito, Silver is developing her gifts as a Mage, and learning how to live under new laws. Forced to give up her old life, she must now live in secret among the humans. She finally has hope of leading an ordinary life . . . until Logan Cross walks into it.

Their chance meeting leads her close to discovering the identity of the nameless Mage who once stole her light and discovered the unique power she possesses. That knowledge poses an unimaginable threat to Silver, fueling her search to find out who he is, before he finds her first.

Lives are at stake. Truths are revealed. And an unexpected passion ignites.
 
Twist, the second book in the Mageri series, was just as fantastic as the first book! Although a very big threat was eliminated in the previous book, a bigger, badder one still remains and he succeeds at bringing forth more torture on Silver this time around. Dannika Dark is amazing at creating bad guys that literally make your blood boil! Seriously, I'm going to need some anxiety meds if she keeps this up (I say this lovingly of course! Bring on the bad guys!).

Silver has more room to come into her own in this book, which I love. She's no longer under the control of her heinous Maker, and she continues to learn more from her hard-edged but caring Ghuardian, Justus. Silver gets stronger every day, emotionally and physically, and this is a chick that can really hold her own, even if she is a little naive at times. I really respect her character and I find myself rooting for her constantly, especially through the times in which she refuses not to be broken. She has a lot of "Oh crap!" moments, but her tenacity and strong will guides her through--with the help of her sassy sarcasm of course!

In this book we have the introduction of one of my absolute FAVORITE and swoon-worthy male characters EVER: Logan Cross. Good golly, y'all, Dannika Dark should include a complimentary fan with every purchase of this book because you will most definitely need it whenever this man is present! Whew. Logan is a Chitah, which is another Breed of supernatural. He is NOT to be messed with! Logan and Silver get off to a rocky and sort of confusing start, especially since their first encounter sends all kinds of mixed signals Silver's way. Logan is dangerous, predatory, but also incredibly sexy and highly protective of Silver. As Silver gets to know him better, he truly proves just how loyal he is to her. Their attraction is electric (pun intended?) and it practically jumps off of the pages of the book to smack you right in the face. Yeah, it's that intense! Mr. Cross has completely melted my heart, and I love his pet nicknames for Silver! So cute!

There are several other characters that get introduced in this novel that I enjoyed as well. I'm very interested in all of the different Breeds and it was nice to get an introduction to some of them on a more intimate level. I adore Levi, Logan's brother--he's hilarious! I was also incredibly pumped to have Sunny, Silver's best friend, back in the picture. She's a pistol!

As this book came to a close and Silver and her friends found out more about the man who threatens more than just her existence, bonds become stronger and the people Silver cares about come together to fight this enemy. Things are definitely going to continue to heat up for Silver but at least she doesn't have to stand alone. I'm sure the next book will be filled with more butt-kicking and revelation-revealing. I can't wait!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Sterling (Mageri #1) by Dannika Dark

Published: September 5, 2011
Publisher: Dannika Dark
Series: Mageri
Format: eBook
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Zoë Merrick lived a less than ordinary life, until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead.

A man named Adam spotted her running down the road covered in blood, and took her under his wing. Zoë didn't just survive that night - she underwent a physical transformation and acquired strange new abilities. Severed from her old life, her frustration grows as she tries to comprehend what's happening to her.

Serendipity leads her to Justus. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. Zoë learns the truth about what she is, and just how dangerous their world is for a young Mage. The only way she will understand her power is by putting her trust in this man, and accepting the protection he offers.

When her immortal freedom is threatened by the one man who has a right to claim her, Zoë learns the price of freedom...and the value of loyalty.
 
Sterling is book one in the Mageri series, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more! Dannika Dark sucks you in from page one, introducing you to strong characters and a whole new world filled with the supernatural. Ms. Dark is amazing at pulling you through the pages of her book, so that it feels as if you're right there with the characters as the entire plot unfolds.

Zoe, A.K.A. Silver, is the heroine in this superb novel and I liked her immediately! She's a sassy, sarcastic, smart, independent woman that doesn't take any crap from anyone. I don't know if I've ever come across a character like her; one that goes through such an immense transformation emotionally and physically. There's a lot of character growth here.

Silver's life changes dramatically when she is attacked one night on her way back to her apartment and she is left for dead. The attack was bizarre and frightening, and just one of the many startling events that will have you holding your breath throughout this book! Silver's human life ends the night she is killed, and she's left to piece together what exactly happened to her and what it all means.

Silver is a Mage, which means that she can manipulate energy, and do some other things that are pretty cool! But just because she has new abilities doesn't mean that she's untouchable, especially since she finds herself being hunted by some pretty nasty villains, including the man that brutally attacked her and turned her life upside-down. But luckily, she's got some kickass new friends that are there to help her cope along the way.

Now, when I say that Silver has some new friends, what I really mean is that she is now surrounded by a very HOT buffet of men that care about her in different ways! You've got, Adam, the caring and protective guy that swoops in at the very beginning to be there for Silver; you have Justus, the man that volunteers to be Silver's "Ghuardian" who is literally a walking sex magnet; then you have Simon, who is so dirty-minded and hilarious that he is guaranteed to make you laugh no matter what! I absolutely love these guys and they seriously warmed my heart with how much they care about Silver and how protective they are of her.

As much as I laughed during this book and swooned over the various men in Silver's life, I also really enjoyed having the pants scared off of me by the evil characters that plague this novel! These vile men put Silver through absolute hell, and at times the things that were happening to her were so intense and felt so real that it made me pretty emotional. I was literally on the edge of my seat! But the ending of this book left me with a victorious smile and the assurance that Silver will continue to blow me away, because it is clear that her story is far from over!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (24)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a fun way to share what books we recently added to our bookshelves.

*All titles link to Goodreads*
 

 For review:

Earthbound (Earthbound #1) by Aprilynne Pike (ARC)

-Won through LibraryThing. Special thanks to Razorbill!

Bought:

Death Takes a Holiday (A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation, #3) by Jennifer Harlow
A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls #2) by Cecy Robson
Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Signed!)
Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins (Signed!)
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

-I already read A Cursed Embrace and I LOVED it so much!!! Cecy Robson can do no wrong! I love her series.

*****

Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a link to your post so I can check out the books you received as well!
-Shanon 

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