Legacy of the Witch (The Portal 0.5) by Maggie Shayne

Legacy of the Witch (The Portal, #0.5)

RATING:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

When Amarrah was a child her parents disappeared in Iraq. After their disappearance she went to live with her grandmother. Ever since she arrived at her grandmother’s her grandma would tell her stories about three witches Lilia, Magdalena, and Indira. One of the times, when her grandmother was telling one of the stories, she shocked her grandma by telling he “I know this story.” In which she preceded to tell her, her part of the story that she was a place slave to the slave girls in the harem. Throughout the years when her grandma would tell the story, they would tell the story together, her grandma telling one part and Amarrah filling in another part. When she was thirteen, her grandma was on her deathbed, telling the story of the three witches and after she finished it she told Amarrah that these stories are not just stories, but of three actual people in the past. Then she gives Amaarrah a treasure box, that belonged to the witches that was given to their descendants to protect it, and to pass down the stories and the treasure box until the witches come back and claim it. After her grandma died, she was sent to live with distant cousins, and at the airport a customs agent took it from her. After chanting a spell for the box to return to her someway, and after giving it to him, she never saw it again…
Ten years later when Amarrah was on her way to the library, she happened to see her box on a TV Appraisal show. After seeing it she had a strong inkling that she needs to go get it back. Even hearing her grandmother’s voice telling her not to forget her promise to protect it. She then sets off on a trip to recover it and after gaining information of the owner, she went to his house to see if she can somehow search the house of Harrison Brockson.
When Amarrah knocks on his door and he answers it, Amarrah feels he is familiar to her. And after she remembers her dreams, or what she believes are hallucinations, she comes to realize that she knew him long ago…

I thought this book was a really great introduction to the upcoming Portal Series. Which I am now really looking forward to after reading this book. I really liked reading how Amarrah sets off on a journey to self discovery. I really liked how you learn that Amarrah was there and that she knew the three witches. I really enjoyed that when she meets Harrison Brockson you learn that they knew each other during the period of the three witches, and during the story you read about their past memories. It was fun when the Amarrah had told Harrison how their relationship turned out in the past.
All in all is was a great book to read. I really can’t wait until the upcoming Portal series. I really hope that during the upcoming books that they mention Amarrah and Harrison so I know how things turned out for them. And I hope that I enjoy the new series as much as I did this one.

Savage Awakening (Alpha Pack #2) By J.D. Tyler

Savage Awakening (Alpha Pack, #2)

RATING:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

I really enjoyed J.D. Tyler’s take on shifters. This is the first one I have read in the series and I thought Aric and Rowan’s story was really interesting to read. It was fast paced and in the shifters Alpha pack was well written. She is a kick-butt cop and he is a sarcastic, life of the party type of guy. I liked how their relationship developed and that they got to know each other a little bit and how they both were attracted to each from the start. I like how the author written how the mating bond for the shifters work. It was different in comparison to some of the other books I have read. The only thing I didn’t care for was the graphic sexual content and the bad language. There isn’t many books now a days that don’t have it and I don’t mind it, but the sexual situations involved were a bit to graphic for my tastes. But other then that it an enjoyable book to read.
Though there were a lot of fun characters that I would love to see what love interest would bring them to their knees, the one that caught my interest was Kalen and Mac’s story. I am looking forward to see how their story turns out. Though they weren’t mentioned a lot other then a page here and there they really drew my attention. It seems like they would have an interesting story, especially after reading the sneak peek they had at the end of the book. I may be tempted to read it and just hope that the sexual content and language isn’t too bad.