Thursday, December 31

2 in 1 - Short Stories Review: The Party by Mona Ingram & Ignite by Hannah Parker

Author: Mona Ingram
Title: The Party
(Dear Santa #2)
Genre: Romance, Novella/Short Story, Contemporary
Format: ebook
Pages: 91
Published:  October 7th 2018
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

He’s the town’s most eligible bachelor. But he’s more than that… much more

Exhausted after catering a high-profile company Christmas party, Paige accepts an invitation to relax with the man in charge of the clean-up crew. He’s handsome and intelligent, but most of all he’s a good listener. When they say goodnight, she has no idea that the meeting will trigger consequences that will change her life.

A random find on Amazon. Gotta love my freebies!

Jake and Paige are from completely different worlds. Jake is the town's most eligible bachelor and owns one of the biggest companies. Paige owns her own catering company. She is hired to cater a high-profile company for an Xmas Christmas party. After the party she accepts an invitation to relax with the man in charge of the clean-up crew. He is handsome and intelligent, but he seems like a good egg. Little does she know that this man is Jake. 

I believe this is book 2? Not seeing book 1 listed in Goodreads, so I am unsure if that is a typo or what? Not sure if they are all tied in together or not, but it didn't feel like a book 2. So no worries there. However, I am curious about the other books now! 

This was quick and cute, but it worked and I loved our two. I was a little concerned about Jake, but he was a sweetie and he actually cared about Paige and her brother. Adorable. 

The little side romances were very cute too. 

So yes - another cute and short story for the holiday season. I'll give this 4 stars. 

And here is the 2nd. Such a genre shift...I know. LOLLL. Whoops. 

Author: Hannah Parker
Title: Ignite (Skyborn #1)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: ebook
Pages: 72 
Published:  January 19th 2020
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

Ever since her village burned, Alina has been afraid of fire. But when she discovers a mysterious gem inside dying embers, she becomes enthralled by the strange object. Where did it come from? Who left it there? And why, just for a moment, did she forget her fear?

When an army of marauders attacks her new home, intent on finding the stone and destroying all who stand in their way, Alina soon finds herself thrown into a world of danger and uncertainty.

Determined to keep the stone from the army, and with nobody but her friends at her side, she must travel to the Ethereal Realm to uncover the origins of the gem – and with it, the truth about herself.

Forced to face her fears, and the only one who can hope to stop the army’s rampage, will Alina be able to harness the power of the stone? Or will her new life burn just like her village?

Haha. Went from Xmas to a YA fantasy. But I oddly was craving something like this because I have been reading SO much romance and xmas books these last couple of weeks. Time to end the year with a fantasy hehe. 

We follow Alina who is terrified of fire because her entire life and family went up in flames years ago. Her whole village burned up and she is the only survivor. But everything changes when a mysterious gem appears like magic in dying embers. She becomes enthralled by this gem. When an army of marauders attacks her new home, she soon finds herself in a world of danger and uncertainty. Determined to keep the gen away from those who would use it for evil, she travels to the Ethereal Realm to uncover the origins of the gem and about herself. 

This has the makings of an exciting world and story. I am curious to see what happens next especially how this one ended. Oooo mama. That was an ending...I was left mouth agape. WHA? NO!

It is short, but there is a lot of content but I do want to learn more about this world. I feel like something is missing. Maybe book 2 will have the answers I seek. 

Poor Alina. I just want her to be happy and live a good life. She keeps getting tossed into crazy situations. 

This was a fun way to end the year. My last book of 2020. Fire and dragons and battles! It was a freebie on Amazon and it is short so I do recommend it. I'll give this 4 stars as well. 


Jen Twimom said...

Yea for finishing the year with two good reads. I was worried at first that Santa was the eligible bachelor in the first book and I was like NOOOOOO.

Blodeuedd said...

Damn, you always find the best freebies

Carole Rae said...

Jen, hahaha now that would be a crazy story! And I am happy I ended with a good couple ones.

B, loll I get lucky sometimes ;)