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New Fantasy Novel by Camilla Monk: Still

Still by Camilla Monk

Science Fiction/Fantasy

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to review it. I decided to review it because it’s pretty kicka$$

Still

Overall Rating: 4 (XOXO)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Emma is used to people giving up on her, but the one person she hasn’t been able to give up completely doesn’t know she’s about to show up on his doorstep. After arriving in Rome to see her estranged father, Emma winds up bumping into her stepsister unexpectedly. The perfect stepsister her mother loved more than Emma. So, it’s a surprise to Emma herself when she puts herself in jeopardy to keep Lily safe from her creepy boss. Another surprise? The hunky blind bum who keeps showing up at the most awkward times.

I really liked this book. Camilla Monk is a fantastic writer. I’m sucked into her books immediately, which is an important skill when writing a fantasy novel. While Emma is a bit rough around the edges, she is an entirely sympathetic character. I rooted for her the entire time.

This book reminds me a bit of Percy Jackson, but with a kickass female heroine in place of Percy. I really like Faust, and I loved the banter between Emma and Faust. There is no “real” romance. There is attraction, flirtation, and a kind of weird psychotic love between Lily and her boyfriend. But this isn’t the traditional romance where the relationship between hero and heroine drive the plot. Instead, it’s much more about Emma’s scars, her personality quirks, and her innate goodness, despite being a little rude.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series. If you’re worried about this, don’t be because this book does not have a cliffhanger ending the way Spotless does. This novel wraps up pretty cleanly, with the exception that it hints pretty heavily about what the next adventure will be. But the ending is entirely satisfying.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

So, this is a bit steep since I have no idea how many books Monk plans on writing in this series. If it’s 3, that’s $12 total for the series, which isn’t too bad. The book is a standalone, so you can read this one without HAVING to buy the other books, so…. Yes, it’s worth buying! BONUS: it’s in the Kindle Unlimited Program, so read it for free.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. It’s a series that takes on all of the traditional myths and puts them together in a fascinating world where evil isn’t necessary a demon. Note: this is a full-fledged adult romance series. There are sexually explicit scenes.

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Spotless Novella

Spotless Series by Camilla Monk

Romantic Suspense

 

Apache Strike Force (book 4.5)

 

I received this book for free because I’m on Camilla Monk’s newsletter list. While you’ve missed your chance at this special gift, you can sign up for Camilla’s newsletter here for future news and surprises. This novella is NOT a standalone and needs to be read in order. To read my review of books 1-4 in this series, click here.

Apache Strike Force

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Island and March are trying to settle into their relationship without the threat of death looming over them. Well, at least they were until Island’s dad shows up. There’s nothing quite like an overprotective father to kill any romance.

This little novella is a piece of heaven. Sure, book 4 ended happily, or at least, alive-ly for March and Island. But the ending was rather abrupt, making this novella necessary to my world. March is still March, and Island is still Island, but who they are together gets stronger and clearer throughout this short story.

One of the best things about this book is that we finally, FINALLY, get a better picture of Island’s dad. He is always there in the background, this amazingly flawed guy who anyone would just love as a dad, but we don’t really get a full sense of his personality until now. And it’s worth the wait folks! I laughed, I giggled, I rolled my eyes, and I sighed in commiseration with Island. This is a feel-good gem after all of the highs and lows of the series.

And here’s the #1 best thing about this novella. We are told that there’s a book 5! Yes, a book 5! So get your tinfoil hats on folks, because I’ll be reading Island Chaptal and the Ancient Aliens’ Treasure when it’s released on Dec. 12, 2017.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

If you’ve read all of the books in this series so far, then this book is a MUST!

Something else you might enjoy:

There isn’t anything like this book because it’s a novella attached to the end(ish) of a great series. So obviously, the only thing left to do is read book 5 of the Spotless Series, once it’s out.

The Spotless Series

Spotless Series by Camilla Monk

Action & Adventure/Romantic Suspense

 

Spotless (Book 1)

Beating Ruby (Book 2)

Crystal Whisperer (Book 3)

Butterfly in Amber (Book 4)

 

This series is actually a 5 book series, but the primary arch of the story is resolved in book 4.

Spotless

Overall Rating: 4 (xoxo)

Quick & Dirty summary: Island Chaptal is an ordinary, modern woman: an impressive IT Engineer by day, a romance bookworm by night. She’s surprised when she comes home one night to find a man standing in her living room organizing her tax returns. So begins Island’s adventures into the underworld and overworld of assassins, mercenaries, and CIA agents.

This series is wonderfully plotted. Each book is marvelous in its own right, although I enjoyed Book 2 the most. There is a murder mystery at the beginning of Beating Ruby, a lot of travel, but more importantly, a love triangle that is not drawn out but resolved with great integrity to the characters we’ve learned to love.

I will be honest and say that I didn’t like Island very much in Book 4. She is, in many ways, a completely different character at the beginning of Butterfly in Amber. She comes back to herself in this weird flash that was kind of unsettling to me. But in the end, I love the novel. There are so many surprises and twists. The whole series is like that, but Book 4, especially, has some great turns.

I cannot wait for the last book in the series! I love these characters and I love this author!

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99 each, books 1-3 & $3.99 book 4; approximately $13 total)

Normally I’d never read a series of books that costs $13 for one storyline. But these books feel like watching James Bond movies or something similar. Honestly though, I didn’t pay that much money. The first three books I read for free on Kindle Unlimited and then I paid to read book 4. In all likelihood, I’ll be buying book 5 as well.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Agnes & the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie. It’s a bit more romantic comedy than action, but the hero is a hitman, so there’s a bit of crossover there. The added bonus is this is a standalone novel.