Bonds by Marie Anne Cope

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Do you know who hides in your past?

Half the village of Breccan lies dead – slaughtered. All that stands between Antony Cardover and his freedom is his wife, Isabella; or so he believes.
In his wrath at his wife’s adultery, Antony trades his soul for the chance of vengeance. His price? An eternity as a monster – a man bearing a vampire curse. To stop him, the curse must be broken. To break the curse, Isabella and all her descendants must be destroyed. The catch? Only Antony can break the curse.

With Breccan in mourning and Antony on the rampage, only one person can help. Anna Martindale, a witch shunned by the villagers, entombs Antony within a stone sarcophagus, bound by spells and buried in hallowed ground for the rest of time.
Breccan breathes again. Time heals.
That was four hundred years ago.

Seventeenth century spells, however, are no match for twenty first century living. As Ramply Homes moves in, the secret of St. Martin’s churchyard prepares to move out.

As the church is desecrated, the spells that hold Antony break. Soon, Becca Martin, a descendant of Isabella, is plagued by dreams of a time and a man she cannot possibly have known. As her nightmares become real, Becca has no choice but to contact the one person who will be able to help; someone she has not spoken to in a decade – her mother.

Here, Becca discovers the truth about her ancestry and is forced to face up to whom and what she is. Only a wooden box and her gift hold the key to her survival.

Four hundred years ago Antony failed.
He will not fail again.

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

I purchased a signed copy of Bonds from Marie-Anne Cope at an author event in October 2018. It was in the run-up to this event I first found out about Marie-Anne Cope and her work.

After reading the blurb for Bonds I decided that I needed to read this series. In November me and my fella headed to Wales for a holiday so I grabbed my signed copy of Bonds and took it with me. I read Bonds in a little over a day! Once I started reading I quickly became hooked.

Bonds is the story of Antony Cardover and Becca Martin.

Becca is living life in denial. Why? Because she is a witch, but Becca has spent many years refusing to accept this. Becca’s grandmother tried explaining her ancestry to her but Becca didn’t want to accept it. So she has spent many years denying her ancestry and living a normal life.

Anthony is a very old part of Becca’s family history! Anthony has but one goal to break the curse that was placed on him 400 years ago. And he will stop at nothing to succeed this time!

Bonds is written incredibly well. It shifts effortlessly between Becca’s life now and Anthony’s life 400 years ago. The way the story is told allowed me to build a very clear image in my own mind of the events that will happen in. The way in which the past and the present are explained created a clear understanding of why the characters are the way they are. Anthony’s past explains his behavior both then and now. Becca’s past also gives an insight into why she chose to deny her which ancestry, but now with Anthony on the loose she might have to come to terms with it and finally accepts who and what she really is.

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Marie Anne Cope was born in Marlow, in the UK. She has worked as a salesperson and a banker, before eventually training as an accountant, working for over a decade in practice and industry before setting up her own business. Marie is also a yoga teacher.

She is presently writing three series.

The BONDS series is set in both the seventeenth century and the modern day and follows the unusual relationship between Becca Martin and Antony Cardover. Becca is forced to face up to her birthright as a witch in order to survive and help Antony in his quest to break his vampire curse.

THE MISFITS follows the adventures of four supernatural friends – Achoo, Mina, Boo and Zoe – who are all failing at being what their parents and teachers expect them to be. During their adventures, they learn that being different, being unique, is not just okay, it’s perfect, as they help others in need along the way.

TALES FROM A SCARYGIRL are collections of short horror stories which not only seek to explore what lies beyond the veil that separates this world from the next, but also what darkness lies deep within us, waiting for an opportunity to escape!

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Ashes To Embers by Claire Marta

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She’s forbidden.

Temptation personified in a curvy package of sugar and sin.

My one job is to obey the rules.

Keep my dick in my pants and forget the new nanny.

Be a good little soldier as the Devil himself raised me to be. Problem is I can’t.

I care more than I want to admit. I’m not supposed to have a conscience. Blood stains my hands and taints my soul.

There’s no escaping the chains that bind us, when duty threatens to destroy us both.

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

This is book 3 in the series. From Ashes and Embers is different though because this one is told from Raziel and Jane’s points of view, not Lucifer and Mavi. We still see Lucifer and Mavi but From Ashes and Embers Focuses on Raziel and Jane.

Jane has been hired by Lucifer and Mavi as a nanny to their baby. When Jane arrives there is an instant spark for Raziel. Lucifer warns Raziel not to do anything with Jane, he is not to touch her. An order which Raziel is finding extremely hard to abide by.

Jane comes across as a sweet, happy part fae girl, but looks can be deceptive. Jane is hiding something from them all, something that could get her killed.

Will raziel keep his hands to himself? Will Jane be able to keep her secret? Just what is Lucifer up to this time?

This book hooked me from the very beginning! It is packed full of action and emotion. From Ashes and Embers is dark and twisted, full of suspense and intrigue. It’s like a carefully woven web that unravels before your very eyes. The chemistry between Raziel and Jane is off the charts, however, these two seem like polar opposites!

Claire’s words are remarkable, they convey every emotion perfectly and make you feel as though they are your own. Her writing style feeds you the details as though you’re following a breadcrumb trail, they make you feel as though you need that next crumb.

The plot is well thought out and flows seamlessly throughout. It takes you on an epic roller coaster ride through emotions, the secrets the twists and turns, it’s the kind of ride you don’t want to get off of.

From Ashes and Embers fits this series so well. It was amazing to finally get an insight into Raziel and his life as the Devil’s second-in-command in Hell.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading From Ashes and Embers. I can’t wait to see what Claire comes up with next in this series.

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

A native Brit, I live in Italy with my husband and daughter. When I am not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, I enjoys taking photos of my adoptive country, trying to stay fit with running, reading amazing books and being a stay at home mother.

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The Haunting Of Alice May by Tony Lee Moral

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Alice May Parker moves with her family to the sleepy town of Pacific Grove after her Mom dies, but little does she know the strange and terrifying events to come. When she falls into the bay during a kayaking trip, she is rescued from drowning by the mysterious Henry Raphael. Handsome, old fashioned and cordial, he is unlike any other boy she has known before. Intelligent and romantic, he sees straight into her soul. Soon Alice and Henry are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance until she finds out that Henry is not all that he seems. . .

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

The Haunting of Alice May is centered around Alice May Parker. Alice and her family lived in Chicago until the death of her mother. After her mother’s death, Alice’s father decides to move to the small and quaint town of Pacific Grove. On top of trying to come to terms with the death of her mother, Alice now has to try and settle into a new place, a new school and make new friends.

In a bid to fit in and mix with these people, she joins a kayaking trip. Sounds like a great idea right? It would be better if Alice wasn’t completely terrified of the water. Whilst in the kayak and mist begins to roll into the bay, the group are told to head for shore. But Alice becomes lost in the mist, where she’s swept into the water. Alice is saved by a mysterious boy who we later learn isn’t exactly what he seems.

The idea for The Haunting of Alice May is really good. It’s a mixture of paranormal, gothic and romance which I feel should be enjoyable for young adults. I liked the idea behind an island for Souls, a bit like purgatory, where they are free to roam. It was different from anything I’ve read so far.

I’m not convinced about the romance aspect of this book as I felt it was a bit too weird and unrealistic. I know it’s only fiction but I found it hard to believe that a 17-year-old girl who found out her boyfriend is really a 100-year-old ghost, the first thing she worries about is how that would impact their relationship. Surely, there should be some kind of shock, disbelief, maybe even a little hint of Fear?

That aspect aside I did enjoy reading The Haunting of Alice May. I think the author has left the odd loose end, which I think could be used to expand this book into a series. If there is a second book then I’d give it a read and see what happens.

✫.•° About the Author °•.✫

Tony Lee Moral is the author of three books on Alfred Hitchcock and specialises in mystery and suspense; “Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass”, “The Making of Hitchcock’s The Birds” and “Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie”.

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