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review 2017-10-25 17:42
far darker read but 5 stars!
Bitter Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. And just like that! Back up to five full stars! This is book 4 in the Huntress series, and I would STRONGLY recommend you read books one, Huntress Moon, book two, Blood Moon and book three, Cold Moon before you embark on this one. It will give you a much better understanding of Roarke, and of Cara and of what happened between them. Roarke is on self imposed leave, and Cara is in the wind, on the run from the FBI. A phone call draws him out of that leave and on to a path Cara walked as a 14 year old. And that path is dark! The book centres around the two weeks that Cara spent in Las Piedros High School and the death of two students in that time. It sets the road that Cara will walk that puts her into the FBI sights, those few short months ago. There are also similarities between cases of abducted and raped school girls that have been unsolved. And all the roads lead Roarke straight back to Las Piedros and the trail of a 14 year old murdress. This is a much darker read than the other three books. I mean, THEY are no picnic but this book revolves around the abduction, rape and torture of school girls. It goes into some detail too. Some readers may find it difficult reading and some may have triggers. I struggled in places, and I have no such triggers. It is, however, extraordinarily well written. We get Roarke in his usual third person/past tense and we get Cara in her third person/present tense. But its not until Roarke says he knows where Cara is, that I clicked. Cara here is not the PRESENT Cara. It's told from the 14 year old version of Cara, as she gives into the pull of the moons and she sets herself down her path. I still have no idea, no clue how this is all going to end. I don't know if Roarke will walk away from the FBI, if he will catch Cara and bring her in. If Cara will stay on the run, if she will give herself up, or whatever she will do. Not a single flipping clue! And its frustrating, like insanely frustrating, not being able to see where this is going, its bloody amazing that Ive already been kept on my toes for 4 full length books and I still am none the wiser. Book 5 is out soon and I hope I get to read that too. 5 full stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-10-25 17:18
four solid stars
Sun Storm (The Gathering Storm Book 1) - Marlow Kelly
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Renting a cabin in the middle of a snow storm might not have been Marie's best idea, but her solar panel needed testing in such conditions. When four men invade that cabin, saying they need the panel, she knows her life might be over before she got her panel tested. David is one of those four men. He didn't sign up to murder a woman in cold blood, whether or not she had stolen the panel, which he didn't believe. Together they evade the other three men after Marie, they learn just who they can really trust and they hope they can survive the storms coming at them. Far too long for the usual hangover cure, sitting at 250 odd pages, but this book landed in my queue just as I needed one and I used it as such! Because after 3 very heavy books, this was JUST what I needed. Told from every major player's point of view, we are fully aware, right from the start, who is doing what and why. There are no major plot twists, no complicated and difficult to follow plot lines, nothing too taxing on the brain. And I mean this in a bloody god way! It was a really easy read. Aside from Marie and David's story, there is, I think, the laying out of a plot that could follow through the other books in the series. Maybe. Involving Finn, Tim, and Michael, David's street brothers. I might be reading more into this than I should, but thats the feeling I'm left with! I've read a couple of Kelly's books before. I like how she plots and plans and, most importantly, delivers! A very well written, but long, hangover cure. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-10-18 10:02
4 solid stars
Cold Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book three in this series, and you SHOULD read books one and two, Huntress Mon and Blood Moon before this one. It will give you a much better view or Cara and Roarke and what happened between them, and to each other in those books. Not all is recapped here. AND because they are both 5 star reads! This one, though? Not so much. Oh don't get me wrong, its still a powerful, really good read, it just doesn't have the same impact those two books did, on me, at least. Cara is, at least in the beginning, in jail and although they KNOW she killed more men, it comes down to one, single case. THEN, pimps turn up dead, killed with the same blade that killed the victim they want to prosecute Cara for and she is released. Then more turn up dead, and Roarke is left wondering if Cara is to blame, or the teenager who witnessed Cara's last kill. Cara's cousin is missing, and Cara herself is in the wind. Roarke continues to question himself and his career choice. He constantly questions WHY he is doing this, WHY Cara is so deep in his mind, and WHY doesn't he just, like she does, disappear. And I LOVE that. Because you never know which way he is going to go, and you are kept on your toes the whole way through. Told again from Roarke in the past tense and Cara in the present, it grabbed me, but didn't quite pull me along kicking and screaming as books one and two did. I STILL think there is that deeper connection for Roarke and Cara, and I STILL want to see how this pans out. It really is great being kept on my toes for that! A solid, 4 star read. **same worded will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-10-13 11:37
so dark and deadly! LOVED it!
Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel (Book 1... Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel (Book 1) - Alexandrea Weis,Lucas Astor
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. There is a book before this one, Blackwell, which sort of lays the history out of what happened at the manor 100 years ago. Personally, I would recommend you read it, although this is billed as a stand alone. I just think you'll have a better picture of Mr Magnus Blackwell, and what he did, than is recapped here. However, I wasn't too impressed with it, myself! BUT!!! This one was a much MUCH better read! It grabs you, and pulls you kicking and screaming through every vision Lexie has. Through every event at the manor. Through the trip back to Boston and her mother. And back to New Orleans. It recaps much of what happened to Magnus, O'Connor, Francis and Katie, but you don't get how the two men felt at the time, that doesn't come across time so well. You get sort of hints spat at you, about what's really going on. About Remi, and what he is up to. About Magnus and what he begins to feel for Lexie, about his sorrow at what he did all those years ago. You get hints about what Ms Mann (Magnus' secretary) did, after the death of the Blackwells. And then when Lexie goes to New Orleans, you get hints and clues and you aren't ever really sure just who is the bad guy and who isn't!! You really don't know until all the cards are laid out, just who is playing who! Oh and I loved being kept on my toes!! Told mostly from Lexie, Magnus and Remi's point of view, I would like to have heard from Will, Lexie's fiancee too, but that's a minor niggle, and just a comment more than a criticism. Its a long book, some 360 odd pages, but I read it in one sitting. Did not move, not once!! It grabs hold of you that well!! I am left with only two questions: 1. When is the next book out?? Because I sooooo wanna read it!!! It's clear Lexie has power, its just what she is going to do with it. and 2. Just WHO the hell is the grey Maine Coon cat?!?!?!?!?! Because I read it in one sitting, because it grabbed and didn't let go, because of that Damned cat... 5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-10-13 11:23
oh! I LOVED this one!!
Unbroken Hearts - K-lee Klein
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. My apologies to Ms Klein, this should have been a Release day review, but that darn dayjob got in the way! And a little warning. I may gush in this review :-) So, this is book two, and you really REALLY MUST read book one, Unbreak My Heart before you jump into this one. Some may say not totally necessary but I say it is. And you'll need a box of tissues for that read! While this one doesn't carry emotions that cause your heart to break into a million tiny pieces, get stomped on, and glued back together in the slowest way, it DOES carry a lotta love. Like so much love, its not funny! Like so much love my sister would say "pass the bucket!" JT and Brett have been together a couple months and are very much in love. But they are both still dealing with the past. What this book is about, is them dealing with that past in ways only JT and Brett can. AND IT IS GLORIOUS! I read this book in one sitting. Stayed up way past my bedtime. Was not present at the dayjob next day. I just could not put it down! It is, by far, the most too stinking cute AND warm and fuzzies book I've read for a long time. I mean, its hilarious watching JT work himself up into a tizzy about Valentines Day. Watching them deal with Mama and Halloween, and Christmas. It is painful reading about Brett dealing that darn barn, but that pain is overshadowed by the LOVE that jumps off every page, it really is. I LISTENED to the first book. I am praying to every deity known to man, and then some, that the powers that be will get this book narrated once again by Nick J Russo. Because while I loved reading this book, I could hear Russo in my head but the voices were all wrong. So, I'm a-praying. Its so very rare we get a follow up story to one that was such a heart wrenching read. Brett and JT fought hard to get their act together and reading this, over the course of their year, was amazing, and I really REALLY loved it. But I just gotta say, even though this book was perfect, and Brett already said he wasn't the kind for pieces of paper to say how much he loved the kid, I wanted a marriage proposal! Had there been a wedding?? I'd never have been able to find the right words! An amazing 5 star read!! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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