Saturday, January 20, 2018

Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Burn Bright Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anna and Charles' fifth book in the Alpha and Omega story takes us back to Aspen Creek, Montana where Bran's dysfunctional pack lives. Charles has been left in charge while Bran went to help save Mercy (Silence Fallen), when a call comes in from one of the wildlings. The most broken of the werewovles under Bran's protection, live isolated in the wilds of Montana, with only one or two people ever making contact with them. Anna and Charles must now see what would make one of these dangerous, isolated wolves call for help. As the mystery unfolds and Bran is still a no show the going gets hot and these two must work together to uncover a traitor, save the wildlings, and ultimately each other.

It was great seeing Anna get a chance to explore her Omega gifts. We also got more insight into Bran's mate, Leah, since she's not anyone's favorite she's only really mentioned in passing. With Bran not taking up a lot of the interactions, seeing more of some of the sub-characters was awesome. Also, getting more of the history that all of the really old wolves have lived through was cool too. An all around fun read, even though the Mercy series is still my favorite!

I received this as an ARC from Netgalley.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: Hard Breaker by Christine Warren

Hard Breaker Hard Breaker by Christine Warren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the sixth book in Christine Warren's Gargoyle series. Ivy is a phenomenal, strong female character that has doing what she can for the Wardens after her uncle and cousin are killed. She's a part of an underground movement to help smuggle hunted Wardens to safety. Little did she expect a Guardian to awaken and claim that she's his Warden, since women are NOT wardens only the men of the family line are.

Baen has awakened from his slumber to fight evil, only to discover that the line of wardens has been broken, five of the seven demons have arisen and and they now have to scramble to stop the current plot. All the while, the two must navigate feelings for one another and come to terms with the new reality that they have stepped into. Never before have five evils one been successfully brought forth and they must stop the sixth and seventh from rising and beat back the first five. Can they stop the Paris attack, save the wardens and prevent total destruction?

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Review: Aliens Abroad by Gini Koch

Aliens Abroad Aliens Abroad by Gini Koch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gini Koch does it again! This series is a take on aliens on Earth that I had not seen before. They are, in many ways, just like humans. The majority of them are pacifistic, interested in peace and good will but are overshadowed by those that are incredibly violent and 'take over the world' minded. We have seen with previous novels, which I'll say for new readers that all build on the previous ones, that there are a lot of megalomaniacal people in bound and determined to end existence as we know to create their own 'utopia' of evil. Kitty is the leader of our group that stands in their way and does it successfully without really meaning to do more than just save the people she loves. Its why she's successful, why she often turns bad people good and why she now has four or five titles on Earth and is in charge of so much.

In Aliens Abroad, once again Kitty and her people are thrown into a situation they in no way caused but are willing to step up the plate and see where life takes them. It was really fun to follow the journey they are on, cruising the galaxy on multiple tasks to save the solar system as we know it. Ms. Koch must have had a REALLY fun time creating worlds and galaxies for them to visit and ultimately save. And I must agree with Kitty that the Clown Consortium galaxy is NOT one that I would like to visit!

So much is happening in this book that it's hard to describe, but all of it was fun, detailed and served the ultimate purpose of fixing past wrongs and setting up for future good. One thing I've never seen Ms. Koch do though is end a book in the middle of the trip. These novels are usually started and ended with Kitty summing up some of what happened before and telling readers about how things settled after all of the action was over. This one ends after many worlds and galaxies have been saved but still in the middle of the space voyage we find ourselves on. It was startling to realize that the book was over! Not that it wasn't long and wonderful though! Happy reading!!!

(by the way I received this as an ARC from Netgalley)

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy New Year!

With the new year imminent it's time to once again sign up for reading challenges!  Do any of you do that?  I love them.  Set your reading goals for the entire year and then enjoy some wonderful new books.  I am a particular fan of the Goodreads Reading Challenge.  It is easy to track because Goodreads does all the work when you remember to mark books as currently reading.  Especially because Amazon and Netgalley (if you use them) both now have integrated Goodreads features and will automatically share reviews and mark books as being finished!  Yeah! 

Here's a link to my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge if you want to see some of what I read this year!  Join me in a 2018 reading challenge this year, whether its Goodreads or any other!

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Review: The Dragon's Mage by Kelly Lucille

The Dragon's Mage The Dragon's Mage by Kelly Lucille
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dragon shifter novels are a favorite of mine. This one, I'll admit threw me for a loop the first time I read it. I've owned it for years, and when I stumbled across it in my reading list I did not remember anything about it. After re-reading it, yup, nothing. So it must not have been a success the first time I read this. BUT...once I discovered that there were four more books after this one, it made a HUGH difference.

Morgan and her family have been hiding from humans ever since their parents were burned at the stack for being Mages. Burned by humans or devoured by Blood Mages were the only outcome for mages in her world. And since she and her siblings are all gifted, hiding was the only option. Until one day, hiding doesn't work anymore and she's captured by the Magnulls employed by the Blood Mages. Her powers have been null-ified and carted off to be devoured, but at least her siblings are safe. When she's placed in a cage with a dragon though, maybe there's another option. If she can strengthen the dragon, then maybe he can get them out of there. Nulls had no effect of dragon magic.

When Ladon is awakened she a mage-woman, he did not expect to discover that not only has she saved his life, but she's his mate. Betrayed by his own family, he has no choice but to take his new-found mate to the safest place he knows of. Eben Kincaid is the oldest dragon alive and long ago lost hope of finding his mate. When young Ladon arrives and asks for his help protecting his mate, Eben never expected that the mage woman would also be his mate. Together, these three must navigate a triple mating, find Morgan's siblings, discover who betrayed Ladon, and, oh, save mage and dragon kind alike.

I think the three part mating was what threw me off originally. You don't get enough character building and relationship logistics around all the other action taking place. But if you follow this up with book two about one of Morgan's sisters, book three about a dragon seer, and all the rest you get more of the interpersonal stuff that makes it all worth while. Great series that I would highly recommend!

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Review: Leap of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair

Leap of the Lion Leap of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a major fan of Cherise Sinclair. All of her series are really awesome, but the Wild Hunt Legacy series seems to be pretty unique for her. Most of her novels tend to be contemporary BDSM novels which are excellently written. She's also done a number of stand-alones that are sci-fi romance novels which are all wonderful as well. This series is the first I've seen from her that involve shifters. Ms. Sinclair offers a WONDERFUL, new mythos around shifters. In these novels shifters originated from the Fae Wild Hunt and now have their own society, rules and mythology. There are cat, wolf and bear shifters only unless you count the evil, dark shifter which feed off the good, hellhounds.

Most shifters are born as multiples, anywhere from two to four in each litter/pregnancy with a much higher percentage of males to females being born. Because of this and the fact that most females only have one litter, males from a litter tend to mate together. In this, the fourth, novel of the Wild Hunt Legacy, Darcy has been a captive of a group of humans using shifters as assassins for political gain. Kidnapped when they were children, her entire village was taken and experimented on. After escaping, Darcy is rescued from re-capture by her people and welcomed back into their society by the guardian of territory. With the help of her assigned mentors, litter mates Gawain and Owen, Darcy is learning what it means to be a shifter. But what she really needs from her people is their help in rescuing the rest of her village, which is still being held captive.

This entire series is EXCELLENT and although each novel can be read alone, it is better to read them in order. All previous couples appear in the following novels and some things would make more sense knowing their stories. Love the mythos of these shifters!!! Cherise Sinclair writes so awesome novels!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Review: Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh

Rugged Texas Cowboy Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cowboys and Captives is a fabulous name for this series and it's one well-worth reading! Lora Leigh is an amazing author that always wets your appetite with great characters, quality writing and passion. I thought these two stories were both fun and unique. Not at all a recycled concept or plot.

In Cowboy and the Captive, Melina is the good girl younger twin. She has spent years getting her sister out of trouble by pretending to be Maria for her court appearances and charity work. So much so that the world doesn't even realize that she even exists. But when her parents try to pressure her into helping again when Maria might spend the next 20 years in jail, she's had enough. She stands her ground and gets disowned for her trouble. Little does she know her troubles just begun, when she gets kidnapped by one of Maria's victims. One of the especially hot ones too!

In Cowboy and the Thief, ever since being sent to boarding school when she was young, Angel has been keeping herself contained so as not to be sent away again. She loves her home and family and has no interest in being anywhere else. But keeping herself contained doesn't allow for finding someone to spend your life with. When her father sells a family heirloom out from under her, she can no longer contain herself. Following the buyer back to Texas, she breaks in to his house to get it back. While getting caught wasn't on her agenda, the pleasure it brings may just be worth it.

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