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Enigma ~ Tonya Kuper

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First things, First … I am giving this review in my HONEST opinion of the book. I received this book from NetGalley & was asked to give my HONEST opinion. (Which we ALL know I will do … right?)

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Now I left off the Anomaly without tell you much of anything. Because if I had I would have spoiled so much of the story. But since this is book 2, I would HOPE you have read Anomaly … so none of this will be spoilers for you. So here goes A LOT Winking smile of info.

 

Reid & Josie are now off on their own. They handed off the serum Josie mom, Meg created that would help expand the length of how long any Oculi could have their powers. After a time, the powers deplete leaving the Oculi with nothing … no ability they once were able to use. They could not create no living items (like trees, cars, chairs, pizza, juice, guns & so on … these are the Pushers). They could not retract or remove items (like trees, cars, chairs, pizza, juice, guns & so on … these are the Rectracters). Or the Anomalies who could do both.
These abilities allowed the Oculi to be able to create or remove items that did not have a soul. Because of this, you have two opposing forces … pretty much like you would in any world that would have any type of powers … The Schrodinger’s Consortium and the Resistance.
Meg & her husband use to work for the Consortium believing this group was out to help for the Oculi. Meg had created a serum that increased the ability of the Anomalies. This was how, during their involvement, they discovered the Consortium was trying to destroy all Anomalies … which they both were. During their attempt to leave, they were discovered, each took 1/2 of the serum & injected it into themselves. This was to prevent the Consortium from using it to reverse the effect to destroy the Anomalies.
They, Meg & her husband, created the Resistance with friends who wanted to ensure that all Oculi were treated equally & not wiped out. But Meg & her husband had to go into hiding because the Consortium wanted them back. Plus when they learned they had 3 children …. they wanted them even more.
When their oldest turned 17, his powers were beyond what most Anomalies had. He began hiding things, disappearing … it seamed that he lost his mind. But he was recruited by the Consortium. This caused Meg’s husbands, Josie’s father to go undercover … he went back into the Consortium. But his face was not the same face that they were use to seeing.
While you cannot create a human or an animal, you can change a persons appearance. Which Josie found out with Reid. He was Cal, her brother’s best friend & her long time crush. But when she met him he had a completely different face because to keep the Consortium off the trail of her family, he was the bait the Resistance used.
Now that you are bit up to date, and have an idea of what the hades is going on let’s get moving on with Emigma!!! FYI, part of that above is from Emigma … guess you will figure that out when you get to reading it.

Josie is torn to hades and back in the beginning. She killed Santos, who just happened to be a Consortium spy … doesn’t that just bit the big one? … she had no choice in the matter. It was either him or her & Reid. In that little part you will find that Josie is not exactly the Anomily that every thinks she is. That and the fact she pulled in a freaking tropical storm (in my opinion I think that is a bit beyond the Anomily ability).
Reid is suppose to take Josie to a safe house. But he has received a message from her mother stating that there is a mole in the Hub that they are to find. Plus that is where she & Josie’s younger brother, Eli are headed. Reid leaves the decision up to Josie … Safe house or Hub. Of course, we know Josie will decided on the Hub. That is the type of character she is, strong & there is no way she will let her family walk into a place without her to help them out.
The Hub … This is where most of the Resistance live. They train, get their education, live & basically have their own little society going on. It is suppose to be hidden from the Consortium, but when you have a mole there … it’s not so hidden. But from my understanding they have other such areas too.

Upon arriving at the Hub, hidden in a mine cave, Reid gets the shock of his life … he is greeted by his father, after Reid requests a E3 meeting. But the shock does not stop he from questioning his father to make sure that he is who he claims to be.
The E3 meeting does not go as planned. The group of adults do NOT believe that there could possibly be a mole inside the Hub. They are a bit shock that Santos was a Consortium spy. Plus that he gave Josie an choice come willingly or die. Also, that he tried to steal the serum that Meg, Josie’s Mom, created to extend the length Oculi could have their abilities. Reid get’s a bit hot tempered and demands that they do something but is blown off. They council tells him that he is willing to do the search himself but he will NOT find the spy himself because their security is above & beyond … there is NO way a spy could be in the Hub.
They then move on to the location of Josie’s mother & brother. Troops are sent out to locate them. There is a bit of concern because other founding members have been disappearing. They are not sure if they are dead or being held hostage … or have simply left.
The council is, also, concerned that Josie might be “loosing it” like her oldest brother, Nick, did. But Reid informs them that that is not happening. She has kept her grip on reality & her powers are far beyond what ever they imagine. The council then beings setting up test for the following morning to see this, as well as test her sanity plus to see what type of “weapon” she could be used as. (Aren’t they such a sweet little bunch?)

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When Meg & Eli arrive. This is when the mind tricks begin. Eli is outside the training room, looking for the bathroom when Reid & Josie appear. He runs and hugs Josie … which she really should have thought twice about that because he complained last time she did that … but she is just excited to see her brother. She convinces  him to allow Reid to take him to the bathroom after he takes her to the training room.
When she walks in … She about flips out! There is her mother & Eli. Plus Reid’s Dad, Cohen, Kat & Zac. They do not understand why she is upset, until she explains that she just saw Eli in the hallway. Reid comes rushing in saying Eli is missing, he didn’t come out of the bathroom … they all realize just how close that the mole got to Josie. 
When Council members enter during this time believing this is a sign that she is sign of her slipping sanity. But Reid stands up & says he also saw Eli. He explains how he took him to the bathroom & how he just simply disappeared. This is pretty much a slap in the face the the Council who swore there was no way over the time they have been there.
Even though there was a mole running around the Hub the Council decided it was time, right that second, to begin testing Josie. Despite the objections of Meg, Josie’s mother. Josie, on the other hand, fully of her typical attitude & agitation agreed. They were going to start with hand-to-hand combat only using her shield as a last resort … if you read Anomaly, you know her shield kicks arse!!!
Cohen was the one chosen to fight Josie. He was much more experienced, even though Josie practiced daily, he actually trained constantly. During the beginning of the fight, Josie did good. Blocking the punches & kicks coming her way. But sadly, on one block Cohen leaned in & pushed her causing her to fall back. That was her down fall, and sadly for Cohen it would be his too. After  his attacks pushed Josie into the wall, her shield came up. Throwing Cohen back, as well as the standing Reid. All parties where then told to go the the infirmary.
As for the Council, they were a hyped up little bunch a this point. They found an Oculi that was “unique” and “unexpected.” They believed she was more than an Anomaly, they believed she was “an Enigma.” Can you imagine the type of weapon they were going to try to use that 17 yr. old for?

Later in the book the mole decides to play a sick little game. He makes Josie think she is loosing her mind by looking like Reid, when she is standing with Reid. Then when Reid is blowing off steam because he knows something is wrong with Josie after that instant, the mole looks in the window looking like Santos. Reid rushes out after but misses the mole. But he rushes asking her if she saw Santos either that day. That is when she spills the beans & tells him everything … even her plan on killing the mole & disappearing because she thought she was going nuts.

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But guess what folks that is all you are getting out of me … pretty interesting story so far huh?
What I like about reading YA books is there is not sex scene after sex scene … don’t get me wrong. I love adult paranormal or sci-fi books but even I need a break from them. Going back to read something fresh where you have young love is sweet & reminds you of when you 1st fell for your sweetheart (if you have one … hey I do & he’s perfect for me).

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In this story, Ms. Kuper keeps the scenes light & does not push it. Yes there is a little bit of tension, because they have to hid the fact of their attraction or love due to the rules of the Hub/Resistance while Josie is in training.

Tonya Kuper

Does Ms. Kuper provide you with a story that you want to read? Yes. Should you add it you your list? Yes, I would add it to your top 5 because she provides you a world that gives you twists & turns that will surprise you in ways that you would not believe. Does you age actually matter when you are reading this book? I would hope not. For the YA it gives you hopes & dreams. Plus it should provide you with confidence to step up to do your own thing. For those older, it gives us a chance to fall back to when we were that age and remember having those hopes & dreams … and giving us a kick in the arse to have them again. Plus it gets us a way from sex scene after sex scene in a lot of adult books Confused smile 

 

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Anomaly ~ Tonya Kuper

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I began reading this book because I was asked to do an honest review of Enigma by Tonya Kuper … but coming into a series that really needs you to stay in order. Well, I had to pick up book one 1st.
So, I began reading Anomaly. Entering a world that has a special type of people: Pushers, Retracters & Anomalies. I would go into what these individuals are but that would be a bit of a spoiler for this book.

In this book you will learn who Josie is. What her link to this entire series is, as well as the powers she has. You will, also, find that her parents are not what you would call the “normal” type of parents. (No they are not abusive, but they are definitely not normal.)

You will also meet Reid and discover who he use to be. You will find out what he is able to do. But Reid has several secrets that could harm his any type of relationship with Josie. He just has to have to nerve to tell her or not to tell  her … problem is, if you don’t tell someone, eventually those secrets will come to light even if you don’t want them too.

You will meet Santos, who is Reid’s teammate & best friend in all this. He here to help train Josie with the powers she get’s on her 17th birthday … yea, what a way to discover you are just a bit different!

There are a lot of twists in this story. Ups & downs plus things you just don’t think would actually believe would happen in our world … they definitely happen in this one.

Tonya Kuper

Ms. Kuper writing is definitely worth reading. She has created characters that are full & intriguing. Ones that make you want to keep reading, to find out what they will do next in a world made just for them. I am excited to read the next book in this series!!!

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Who do you choose your next book?

I cannot even guess on many people. But for me it revolves around the cover, title & what the book is about.
Oh I have my favorite authors, but even they can let you down ever so often. It’s not that the book is bad, for me it’s just not up the the standard I expect from them. (But that’s life, right?)

The cover … has to draw my attention to it out of all the books or eBooks around it. If the cover doesn’t pull me in, I usually find the book/eBook to be rather boring & not worth my time. But I will read to the end … even if I have to take breaks a lot!!!

The title … I love interesting titles. If they make me laugh, I will read. If they are silly or quirky, I will read. After all the title of the book is suppose to be that catches your eye, right? Makes you want to check out what the books about.

What the book is about, that can always draw you in more or it can turn you away. For me I check it out, if it’s one of those so-so, I will still read it because the other two caught my attention. I add it to my never-ending-reading-list!! Does this have to be outstanding to make you want to read the book, for me if it’s dull & boring … it won’t ever make that list. But I am willing to TRY anything else.

My other favorite thing to do is have a few of the list & choose from them. Looking over titles, covers & what the book is about … then picking the one or two that I like the best. Then I dive in.

I bounce between GoodReads, OverDrive, Amazon & NetGalley a lot. NetGalley provides me with free books (they have so many listed it’s not funny), all they ask is once I am finished I provide my honest opinion. Which I do, I post it here & once it’s published I copy it to all three of the above.
GoodReads has suggestions for me. Along with many GR members who give their reviews on a book. Those are great to read because it will either give me that push to read the book, or move on to the next one. They are usually right on the spot.
Amazon … with Prime I get free reads. But since I have a Kindle, I also have to option to get other free books. Which lead me to new authors that I can purchase their books or check with OverDrive to see if they are available. (I wish I had all the money in the world to purchase all the books I run across, but I don’t Crying face )
OverDrive … this is an online library. You can access you local library (make sure you have a card or account). I have access to 3 different library’s, which I truly love. My local library, Army MWR Library, and the one my Mom use to use (because I was there so often I got an account). Now, if you are in a military community, you will have to make use you update your account, usually, yearly. With MWR, every time you get a new ID  you will have to update your account. I have found that in towns where military is not connected, they don’t update your account. But you can run across all different types of books using OverDrive. (and save a little money)

When  you choose the next book to read or add to your list, think about how you do decide. How that patricidal book got your attention over the rest? Was the cover better than the others, was the title something that made you look twice? Or did you choose it just because one of your favorite authors published it? Did some of your friends talk about it & made you want to read it? Or are you taking a chance on a new author? Where you asked to review the book?

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How to Ditch Dead Guys (The Witch’s Handbook #2) ~ Ann M. Noser

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I have to give Ms. Noser credit, I was not completely sure I would like this story. The story did seem interesting but it was book two in this series … and lately picking a book in a series (without reading those prior) tends to make you start looking for the prior books, so you know what is going on. I was rather surprised that I could pick this one & read it without back tracking to prior books. I LOVE series like this, because it means the author (Ms. Noser, in the case) put the back story in the current book!!!
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Emma Roberts is able to call the dead back into a host body. Which allows that dead spirit to accomplish what they need to.
Officer Walker is a homicide detective, he is working on the Smiley Face murder case, which took one of Emma’s friends.

In this tale, Emma learns that the Book of Shadows that she uses is not safe. But it keeps pulling her in, demanding that she use the book. The how & why is answered in this tale, along with explaining how Emma became to be the witch she is.
Sadly, to get to these answers, Emma must loose so much. She will be tortured by the deaths that Officer Walker wants her to help him solve. Her live will be placed in the hands of those she loves, but the problem is will they be able to see what is going on or will it kill Emma? Those who want the power that Emma has, will use what every they can to obtain it & her … because without Emma, there is no power.
Emma will learn more about the Smiley Face murders & the gang involved. She will witness, her friends murder again but with more detail than she did in the prior book.

Sometimes when you bring back the dead, you have to accept what they may do. Every action has it’s one set of results, some are easy to accept but others can destroy your life. These are what Emma must learn, and go though … because when she decided to become the witch she is, that alone has consequences. Pity, that there was no one to show her the ropes!
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The Order Box Set ~ Nina Croft

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Bittersweet Blood ~ What would you do if you found out that your ENTIRE life was nothing more than a lie? That the world you lived in wasn’t exactly what you thought it was? Welcome to Tara Collins life. Ever since her aunt “died” Tara has come to find out that nothing she thought she knew is the truth & she wants to learn why.
Enter in Christian Roth who runs a PI firm. When this ‘man’ starts looking for the answers, it’s not something that Tara is willing to believe or want to believe.

But willing or wanting doesn’t matter because Christian’s past collides with Tara’s future. Will she be able to make out of this alive? Can Christian stop a demon who wants nothing more than to destroy everything Christian loves?

Bittersweet Magic ~ To avoid being burned at the stake (about 500 yrs. ago) Rosamund Fairfax (Roz) prayed to God but when he didn’t answer, she prayed to a demon (and she got Asmodai) … and made a deal that is almost paid off. Until a psychotic Vamp takes off with the Key. (Lucky for us, there are no individuals who turn this “key” into a human child!) Then he leaves the only Nun marked  but with a message for Piers Lamont.
That simple mission to end the tie to a demon just got quite complicated. Piers is currently the Vamp in charge of the Order … one that Asmodai (Ash in the human world) has told her would destroy her & other “abominations.” After all, why would a DEMON lie?

Piers finds out that the demon queen (and the psychotic vamp) that he imprisoned over 2000 yrs. ago is  free. She wants the key & him back into her life. Only problem is that Piers would prefer to have NOTHING to do with the creature to stole away his chance of being reincarnated.

Bittersweet Darkness ~ To create an amulet (to protect his daughter) Asmodai (Ash Delacourt) becomes indebted to Lucifer. To pay off this debt & have the seal removed, he must begin working with the Order of Shadow Accords. (Yes, there a many questions that come behind WHY Lucifer would want this, but sadly none o them are answered in this story. Fingers crossed as to possible a book simply for that?)
Detective Faith Connolly finds herself wrapped up in a conflict between two organizations … one that has began investigating her former partners new employer & will discover the answer they believe at any cost & the Order. The slime oozing off her NEW boss is just too much for her to tolerate. Plus it is discovered that this organization might be responsible for her mother’s death & the reason she simply cannot/will not believe in anything paranormal.

Can the Order begin preparing Earth for the knowledge that Demons, Angels, Fae, & other paranormal creatures exist? Or will this other organization destroy them before they can get a foot in the door?

Bittersweet Freedom ~ Best way to track down a shifter? Send a werewolf after her!
Poor Carl must hunt down the cat shifter who stole demon gold from Asmodai. Pity that Shera would rather DIE than keep living bound to Asmodai.
Asmodai has turned to Shera’s demon father to take her in because he believes there is an “issue” between Faith & Shera. Shera decides to run instead before she is able to learn Asmodai’s plan.
What Shera does not know is that she is 1/2 demon. Which is why all the changes occurring with her are freighting. Carl knows, but he is under direct orders NOT to tell Shera. But Carl does not know the full extent of Asmodai’s plan either, so he joins Shera on her run. Hoping to convince her that she must return to the demon dimension before the bound destroys her.

 

Ms. Croft has created one hades of a world. Where there are different dimensions for demons, fae & even one for angels. She creates an Order that keeps peace on the Earth, putting a stop to Demon & Fae wars … this Order is run by Vampires. (And from the description of them, SMOKING Vamps out to save the world.)

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Bittersweet Freedom (The Order) ~ Nina Croft

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Best way to track down a shifter? Send a werewolf after her!
Poor Carl must hunt down the cat shifter who stole demon gold from Asmodai. Pity that Shera would rather DIE than keep living bound to Asmodai.
Asmodai has turned to Shera’s demon father to take her in because he believes there is an “issue” between Faith & Shera. Shera decides to run instead before she is able to learn Asmodai’s plan.
What Shera does not know is that she is 1/2 demon. Which is why all the changes occurring with her are freighting. Carl knows, but he is under direct orders NOT to tell Shera. But Carl does not know the full extent of Asmodai’s plan either, so he joins Shera on her run. Hoping to convince her that she must return to the demon dimension before the bound destroys her.

Ms. Croft has created one hades of a world. Where there are different dimensions for demons, fae & even one for angels. She creates an Order that keeps peace on the Earth, putting a stop to Demon & Fae wars … this Order is run by Vampires. (And from the description of them, SMOKING Vamps out to save the world.)

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Bittersweet Darkness (The Order #3) ~ Nina Croft

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To create an amulet (to protect his daughter) Asmodai (Ash Delacourt) becomes indebted to Lucifer. To pay off this debt & have the seal removed, he must begin working with the Order of Shadow Accords. (Yes, there a many questions that come behind WHY Lucifer would want this, but sadly none o them are answered in this story. Fingers crossed as to possible a book simply for that?)
Detective Faith Connolly finds herself wrapped up in a conflict between two organizations … one that has began investigating her former partners new employer & will discover the answer they believe at any cost & the Order. The slime oozing off her NEW boss is just too much for her to tolerate. Plus it is discovered that this organization might be responsible for her mother’s death & the reason she simply cannot/will not believe in anything paranormal.

Can the Order begin preparing Earth for the knowledge that Demons, Angels, Fae, & other paranormal creatures exist? Or will this other organization destroy them before they can get a foot in the door?

Ms. Croft has created one hades of a world. Where there are different dimensions for demons, fae & even one for angels. She creates an Order that keeps peace on the Earth, putting a stop to Demon & Fae wars … this Order is run by Vampires. (And from the description of them, SMOKING Vamps out to save the world.)

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