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Book Review: The Connelly Curse (Celtic Witches #2) – A Wickedly Wonderful Story

The Connelly Curse – (Celtic Witches #2)

By Lily Velez

At the end of the first book in this series, Scarlet unwittingly released scores of the damned into the world. Her magic was new and she did not know the power or the magnitude that her actions would rain down on the world. But she has help fighting them, so she is not alone. The Connelly boys are right there with her, some more reluctantly than others. Jack has strong feelings for her, which Scarlet fully reciprocates. The other three Connelly boys are not quite as enthusiastic about Scarlet’s newfound role in their lives, but she helped save their mother, so they will always be grateful for her help.

When Scarlet’s father starts acting strangle, Jack realizes that he has a demon inhabiting his body. Scarlet will do anything to save her father, even if that means entering the Otherworld to fight demons more powerful than she could imagine. Jack and Scarlet set out on a mission to save her father and most likely the world.

Adding to the small job of saving mankind, the budding relationship between Scarlet and Jack begins to bloom. Like any relationship, it has its ups and downs, but considering the world as we know it might end if they don’t work together, it makes the stakes so much higher than your average lover’s spat.

Once again Ms. Velez has delivered a solid plot with multidimensional characters. While Scarlet and Jack are saving humanity, Rory, Connor and Lucas are becoming more complex. Their magic is developing and they are finding out they can solve problems without Jack, who usually comes to their rescue.

This is the second book in the Celtic Witch Series. It is also the second book I have read by Ms. Velez. The third book in this series will be released in late 2019. You could read this book as a one off novel because the previous book is referenced enough to understand what is happening. But I suggest reading The Connelly Curse first because it is a must read for Urban Fantasy fans. And more importantly, you will want to know the story and characters from the beginning.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman.

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Book Review: The Connelly Boys – Outstanding New YA Urban Fantasy Series

The Connelly Boys – (Celtic Witches #1)

By Lily Velez

Being one of the handful of girls in the entire school stinks. But seventeen year old Scarlet Monroe has little choice in the matter. Everything in her world has changed recently. Her mom died after a long battle with cancer. She had to move to Ireland to live with her father, whom she barely knows. And now she has to go to the school where her father teaches. So here she is, a female in an elite all-boys Catholic Prep school just trying to make it through the day without incident.

Choosing a seat next to a boy who seems indifferent, she gazes out the window while doodling because she doesn’t even have the required books. When she sees a vine moving in a tree as if it is a snake, she assumes she is losing it. Shaking her head, she tries to listen to the professor and ignore the strange sight.

During a tour of the campus, Scarlet sees a guy she can’t take her eyes off of. Her tour guide warns her away from Jack Connelly, stating that he is cursed and that his entire family is probably cursed as well. Recently, the grandfather that is raising him and his brothers jumped off a cliff to his death, leaving the boys in the care of their uncle. Scarlet is shocked, but still feels inexplicitly drawn to Jack.

As soon as Scarlet and Jack meet, she begins to encounter things that are much more intense than moving vines. The infamous Connelly Boys – Jack, Conner, Lucas and Rory would soon become her unwilling allies and friends. Could the rumors about them being supernatural beings actually be true? And how could Scarlet possibly be a part of the world that has powers that most humans do not have or want. But she will do anything to help the father she is just beginning to care about even if it ends up being an epic battle of good versus evil.

This YA Urban Fantasy is full of action, twists and turns as the teens are called upon to save their loved ones using ancient spells, weapons and their own ingenuity. Velez writes one of the best battle scenes between demons and witches I have ever read. It is as if the Harry Potter series and the Sookie Stackhouse series had babies for our reading pleasure.

The characters are rich and complex. I was surprised and pleased to find out the identity of the person orchestrating the evil. When the character was revealed, it absolutely made sense but I didn’t figure it out beforehand, which delights me to no end.

This is the first book in the Celtic Witch Series. It is also the first book I have read by Ms. Velez. I cannot wait to read book #2 in the series.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Author and Bookfunnel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Book Review: A Hunter Within – Fast-paced Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

A Hunter Within

By Anna Applegate

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Jules is leading the life she always imagined. She studies to get top grades to enable her to reach her dream of working for Falcone Industries, the leading pharmaceutical test lab in the world. When her parents died, she made a vow to follow in their footsteps. Becoming an intern at Falcone is the first step towards the rest of her life.

Jules’ world changes the day she encounters a violent man at Falcone. The confrontation with both the man out of control and the gorgeous guy that intervened to save her from harm left her shaken. What kind of testing were they doing? Surely this was an experiment gone wrong, but Jules really wants to find out what is going on.

The hunk that saved Jules mysteriously shows up again at just the right time. She soon learns that his name is Seeley. She is very attracted to him until she discovers he is a vampire. Her friend Henry is worried, and seems to hate Seeley on sight. How could she function when the two men she cares about cannot get along and there is the vampire thing.

Emotions ride high when Jules discovers Falcone might have ulterior motives other than testing new drugs to help humanity. Could Seeley be right? Are they doing experiments on vampires? It was all too much for her to wrap her head around.

As the plot unfolds, Jules realizes she may not be who she thought she was. There has to be some mistake, she is being manipulated from both sides and needs to find out for herself before things spiral totally out of control.

This fast paced paranormal romance/urban fantasy has a great plot and interesting characters. The page-turning action ramps up like a dragster with a great finish at the end. As the first book in a series, most loose ends are wrapped up, but there is a mission left open for book #2. I can’t wait to read it.

If you are a fan of Charlaine Harris, you will love this book. This is the first book I’ve read by Applegate; she has also written the Ariya Adams Trilogy.

Copyright © 2018 Laura Hartman

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