Saturday, March 17, 2018

Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

Ocean Light Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been waiting for a long time for Nalini Singh to finally write a story about one of the water animal shifters in her Psy/Changeling series! And the story couple she uses to introduce this unique clan to the world is spectacular. Bowen Knight has been involved in this series (Trinity & Psy-Changeling) for a long time.

It was only right that he also finally gets his own story and that his coupling would be a completely unique situation. If you've read any of the previous novels, you know who he is and the cliffhanger we were left with in his story (sorry, tried not to give anything away for those who haven't been following along). His current circumstances and his interactions with Kaia are crazy and wonderful at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many of the water changelings, who are all a part of one big clan/pack that spans all the water of the world. Previously novels have also shown that this clan is being targeted by villains to be used for nefarious purposes.

Kaia and Bowen are able to navigate all of these crazy circumstances to be able to get to know each other and build a relationship. Their positions and personal hang-ups throw a number of wrenches into their way and there are some many seeming surmountable obstacles that even I wasn't sure how their happily ever after was going to happen. But Ms. Singh is an excellent writer that expertly leads readers on a rocky road that always end in happiness. I also love who her 'villains' are interwoven throughout the series and do actually come to a conclusion, moving plots along without dragging things out frustratingly through more novels than is logical. Her flow is pretty awesome. I would HIGHLY recommend this series to anyone. But although they can all be read as stand-alones, will make WAY more sense to readers if read in order.  You have time to catch up!  I received this novel as an ARC from Netgalley but the actual publication date is June 2018.  Read up in time to get the newest novel!

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Review: Collision Point by Lora Leigh

Collision Point Collision Point by Lora Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been a while since I've read any of the intrigue novels that Lora Leigh writes. I believe they started with the Elite Ops series, which all were really good characters that were working to defeat one big villain and when that was finally accomplished the series ended. Now, Collision Point is the beginning of a new series that brings back all of the old characters along with picking up the stories of what were periphery characters in the Elite Ops series. As the first in the series, I think that Ms. Leigh is doing something similar as the first series, slowly leading us into a growing awareness of one common villain that all the involved are working to uncover and destroy. It promises to be an excellent new series.

Riordan is the brother of a character from Elite Ops, who know has a love interest of his own. I really liked that this novel started late into their relationship and that catastrophic events lead them to a collision point. Now, Riordan and Amara must learn each other anew in the aftermath, when her memories are lost and danger still lurks. A wonderful thrill ride.

I received this novel as an ARC from Netgalley

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Series Recommendation: Celta's Heartmates Series by Robin Owens

I found this particular series a long time ago, it's one that is great when you read it and has a lot of 'favorite' couples that you go back and re-read all the time.  I also like that the author has time progress for the characters throughout the series, so there's not 10 books that take place over a 2 year period.  I hate when authors do that.  Robin Owens has creating a world on another planet, where humans with 'psy' abilities have previously fled persecution by procuring space crafts to take them to a new world.  Celta is the planet they accidentally ended up landing on instead when there were problems along the flight and it's over 400 years into the colonization of the planet.  Society is similar to old Celtic beliefs with strong themes of family and faith (not Christian faith though).

Even many of the animals now have psy-abilities, which are know as Fam animals (familiars) who tie themselves to individuals and are great personalities and comic-relief in many cases.  Society is a system set up that around people's abilities feeding back into the society, benefiting everyone.  You are ranked and paid by you and your families abilities, status, strength.  It's a little hard to explain but Ms. Owens does it so seamlessly that you pick things up quickly. 

Here are the titles, in order:
  • HeartMate:           Rand T’Ash and Danith Mallow
  • Heart Thief:          Ruis Elder and Ailim D’SilverFir
  • Heart Duel:          Holm Holly and Lark Hawthorn Collinson
  • Heart Choice:      Straif T’Blackthorn and Mitchella Clover
  • Heart Quest:        Ilex Winterberry and Trif Clover
  • Heart Dance         Saille T’Willow and Dufleur Thyme
  • Heart Fate:           Tinne Holly and Lahsin Burdock D’Yew
  • Heart Change:     Cratag Maytree and Signet D’Marigold
  • Heart Journey:     Raz Cherry and Helena D’Elecampane
  • Heart Search:      Laev T’Hawthorn and Camellia Darjeeling
  • Heart Secret:       Garrett Primross and Artemisia Mugwort
  • Heart Fortune:     Jace Bayrum and Glyssa Licorice
  • Heart Fire:           Antenn Blackthorn-Moss and Tiana Mugwort
  • Heart Legacy:      Loridana D'Yew and Draeg Blackthorn
  • Lost Heart:          Enata Licorice and Barton Clover
  • Heart Sight:         Muin 'Vinni' T'Vinn and Avellana Hazel
  • Hearts and Swords (short stories)
  • Celta Cats (short stories)
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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Apocalyptic Reads

Has anyone else noticed the new trend of apocalyptic novels being REALLY popular right now?  I don't know if it's foreshadowing, a sign of the turbulent times or just people's imaginations going wild but they are everywhere.  Even mainstream authors are starting to pick up this trend.  It's so strange.  Anyways, with these novels starting to become really popular I thought I'd share some of the ones that I'd read recently that were pretty good.

Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1) Year One by Nora Roberts: magic and mayhem bring down the modern world

Beyond Shame (Beyond, #1)  Beyond Series by Kit Rocha: no idea what brought down the world, but now greed runs it.  Join the battle as the outer zones fight for their rights.

Deacon (Gideon's Riders, #2) Gideon's Riders series by Kit Rocha (spin-off of Beyond series): zone 1 learns to survive after the battles have been won.

Dragon Lord (Dragons & Phoenixes, #1) Dragons & Phoenixes by Miranda Martin & Nadia Hunter: dragons, phoenixes and humans battle for the world and destroyed the atmosphere.  Now humans can only survive inside domes but the dragons and phoenixes can still live on the surface.  Follow this young courier as she takes on a delivery that threatens her way of life.

The Book of Phoenix (Who Fears Death, #0.1) Who Fears Death series by Nnedi Okorafor: escaped science experiments seek revenge for their treatment and end the world.  See how the human way of life recovers.