Review: Hell Is Here (Watcher’s series #2) by N.P. Martin

Goodreads summary:

When Leia Swanson sold her soul, she knew it would only be a matter of time before the demon she sold it to came to collect.

Six months down the line, the demon who owns her soul has come calling. Not only does the demon want to drag Leia to Hell, it wants her to undertake a dangerous and impossible mission while she is down there in exchange for getting her soul back.

With no choice but to take on the mission, Leia finds herself thrust into the terrifyingly insane world of Hell where it will take every ounce of her strength and guile to survive the unspeakable horrors she must go up against there. And as if that wasn’t enough, she must also try to locate her mother, who is still trapped there in a world of damned souls, eternal punishment, crazy Hellion’s and dangerous demon politics.

Leia must play the damnation game to win, the only people helping her a little girl born in the fiery pits of Hell itself and a stranger she meets along the way.  

4.5 stars

The second book in N.P. Martin’s Watcher’s series was a highly anticipated read for me, and holy demon babies, it did not disappoint!

The story picks up about six months after the end of Hell Is Coming, with Leia living her life as a Watcher and waiting for the crossroads demon to show up and take her to Hell. Her and Josh are not as close since everything they went through. Josh seems to be really distant and wants to deal with his past trauma solo. Leia still lives with Frank at his cabin with Eva and a new dog, Fang.

After the crossroads demon comes to collect Leia’s debt, she says her goodbyes to Josh, Frank, and Eva before meeting him for her trip to Hell. The demon makes Leia an offer: to return her soul, if she kills the king of Hell. They come up with a pretty shaky plan on how she will get to the King and kill him. Having no other choice, Leia makes the deal and enters Hell.

I absolutely loved N.P Martin’s vision of Hell. The Demons were nasty and the descriptions were cringe-worthy. There’s a couple of scenes in this book that made me almost lose my lunch. Leia is in Demon form and has no idea how she’s going to make it to the city and to the King. She quickly finds some help in the form of a little girl that Leia names Alice, who was born in the pits of Hell. Alice becomes her guide and Leia learns that she has endured the unimaginable. I was so captivated during Leia’s journey, and I just adored Alice for the quality’s she possessed after being born into an eternity of suffering. N.P. Martin writes such strong, admirable characters, even if they aren’t supposed to be ‘good’.

The hardest scene for me to read in this one was when Leia got captured and was subjected to non-stop torture. I was literally curling my fingers and toes the whole time I was reading it. It was hard-core!

I think that’s about all the details I should give…the story gets exciting and frustrating near the end. Leia learns some SHOCKING information right before a torturous ending that made me want to pull my hair out! But I sure as hell can’t wait for the next book!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Breadcrumb Trail (The Yellow Hoods #2) by Adam Dreece

Goodreads summary:

In an act of desperation, inventor Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to secretly deliver plans for his completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another kingdom. When the Fare, the nefarious secret society, learns the game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their own scheme to neutralize Klaus on their path to reclaiming long-lost control over kingdoms.

Meanwhile, after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find the missing children before it is too late.

What is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?

Who are the Red Hoods?

Enjoy this darker, edgier instalment in the exciting emergent steampunk adventure series.

Called “The Harry Potter of technology” and “A cross between Hunger Games and the Kingkiller Chronicles,” the best selling series, The Yellow Hoods, is a gripping, whimsical adventure that’s layered for the young and mature adult, making it great for ages 9 to 90. (less)

4.5 STARS!!!


Breadcrumb trail, the second book in the yellow hoods series brought in intriguing new characters, a wider setting, and a juicier plot. As with the first book, this novel incorporates many important themes for children and adults alike. Adam Dreece’s fantastic, clever writing continues to draw me in, and the many subplots woven together kept the suspense and intrigue high.

This novel picks up a few months after the first, and the Yellow Hoods show subtle, natural character development. I was beyond thrilled that there was more of a focus on Richie in this book. His storyline was surprising to say the least! Tee is continuing to come into her own as the leader of their group. The Yellow Hoods set a great example for kids about character and compassion.

Nikolas Klaus is just as spectacular as he was in the first book! The new characters were so exciting, and I absolutely loved Mounira, a strong little girl who stole my heart. Another character, Franklin, was very interesting to me and had me hoping that him and Tee will become closer. The twists on fairy tails are wonderful in this novel. The story of the Ginger Lady was compelling and disturbing. This whole book had such great build up towards an action packed confrontation near the end.

All the different storylines tied together very nicely. This novel took me deeper into the characters back stories, and I felt even more connected to them and their world. This series is full of exciting adventure and passionate characters.

Adam Dreece wrote an enticingly evil ending that might have made my jaw hit the floor!

Review: All the King’s’Men (The Yellow Hoods #3) by Adam Dreece

Goodreads summary:

More than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses, scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies, the Tub and the Fare.

Decades later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged. But has Nikolas been part of Marcus’ plans from the beginning? And has Marcus been a pawn of the original Fare the entire time?

A betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?

And Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe Creangle.

5 STARS!!!

All the King’s Men took this series to a whole new level.
I loved the second book so much that I didn’t expect the third to top it. Adam Dreece’s storytelling skills keep getting better and better!

All of the storylines in this book are woven together seamlessly and beautifully. This story touches a lot on friendship, brotherhood, family, and betrayal. We learn more about our heroes and villains and get a look into many of the character’s back stories. My favorite part of the book was getting to learn more about Nikolas and Marcus’s past.

Tee is on the run with Elly, Franklin, Mounira, and Christina. She has been burdened with secrets involving Elly that are tearing her apart. Also reeling from a fresh loss, she’s having a difficult time and before long, finds herself face to face with an old enemy.

Richy and Eg are off looking for Bakon, while Bakon is looking for the Pieman’s. They soon find each other in a surprising place!

The plot twists involving Richy and Bakon were two of my favorite! I can’t go on enough about how intricate and flawless the intertwining storylines are in this series! It’s fun when you read these books and recognize something from a fairy tale – I’m sure I haven’t known all of them.

Each book that Dreece writes just bring so much more momentum to this series! I get incredibly excited thinking about reading these to my son in a few years. A tale of action and adventure mixed with life lessons on the bonds of family and friendship. What more could a reader ask for?

Three good books to read while drinking wine

I like to think I’m not alone when I say that my two favorite things to do in life are reading books and drinking wine. While some books require a sober mind to thoroughly comprehend and appreciate the subject matter, I have found plenty of reading material that becomes more and more enticing with each glass of Pinot Grigio.

I wear my emotions on my sleeve when I read (whether I’m in my bedroom or in the doctor’s office) and I’ve found that reading + drinking = an emotional good time!

Here’s a few books that brought me slightly better entertainment than a Vegas strip club while I got (slightly) tipsy. CHEERS!

1) The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

If you haven’t heard of this series, I suggest that you go look it up! Here, I’ll help > Charley Davidson is a quick whitted, caffeine addicted, attention defecate disorder-having private investigator/Grim Reaper. Darynda Jones combines laugh out loud humor with burning romance and intriguing mystery, making her novels wildly entertaining. Pair one of these books with a glass of wine (or two or three) and you’ll wake up the next morning wondering why you can’t see dead people.

2) The Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead

I love this series almost as much as I love the Charley Davidson series. It’s urban fantasy with a colorful cast of characters that will make you wish your best friends were a vampire, an imp, a demon, and a succubus. Georgina Kincaid needs sex to survive (literally!) but her morals tend to get in the way sometimes, leaving her in love with a man she refuses to have sex with. Her sarcastic timing is perfect, especially when paired with the countless humorous supporting characters. In this series, you’ll find a lot of sex, tons of moral dilemma, laugh out loud banter, and juicy plot twists. Need I say more?

3) Fool by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is fucking Hilarious. I like to have a couple drinks while watching a comedy show, so it only seems fair that I do the same when I read a Christopher Moore book. Fool is a parody of King Lear, told from the royal jester, Pocket’s, point of view. The writing is incredibly intelligent at the same time that it’s twisted and dirty. Moore knows how to use words in the most creative ways to say the least. This book should have a warning label that states: Beware reading in a public place, for you will crack the fuck up, and people will stare!

If you enjoy a glass of wine with a good book, comment some recommendations!

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