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review 2019-04-18 20:47
Book Review for Cipher by Larissa Ione
Cipher: A Demonica Underworld Novella Kindle Edition - Larissa Ione
 
 


  • Cipher by Larissa Ione
  • A Demonica Underworld Novella
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  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (April 9, 2019)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07KQP2ZLH
  • Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • Arc copy Provided for honest review

In the war between good and evil, sometimes the biggest battles take place inside the soul…and the heart.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione, comes CIPHER, a passionate and spellbinding novella from the Demonica Underworld Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!

About CIPHER:

Purchase Universal Amazon Kindle Link-
https://bookgoodies.com/a/B07KQP2ZLH

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione comes a new story in her Demonica Underworld series…

 
 

It’s been seven months since Cipher, an Unfallen angel who straddled a razor thin line between good and evil, woke up in hell with a new set of wings, a wicked pair of fangs, and a handler who’s as beautiful as she is dangerous. As a laid-back cyber-specialist who once assisted guardian angels, he’d been in a prime position to earn back his halo. But now, as a True Fallen forced to use his talents for malevolence, he must fight not only his captors and his sexy handler, but the growing corruption inside him…before the friends searching for him become his enemies and he becomes his own worst nightmare.

 

Lyre is a fallen angel with a heart full of hate. When she’s assigned to ensure that Cipher carries out their boss’s orders, she sees an opportunity to take revenge on those who wronged her. All she has to do is appeal to Cipher’s burgeoning dark side. But the devastatingly handsome fellow True Fallen has other ideas — sexy ideas that threaten to derail all Lyre’s plans and put them in the path of an approaching hell storm.

 

Danger and desire explode, even as Cipher and Lyre unravel a sinister plot that will fracture the underworld and send shockwaves into Heaven itself…

 

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do. **

 
 
 

“Ione has made a major name for herself with her amazing Demonica series.”

 
~ Romantic Times Book Reviews
 
Let's start of by saying this is one of my favorite authors and anything she writes I just love she definitely and auto buy author for us and we are really loving this on going series and its character's. Cipher and Lyre are one of my favorite character pair especially after this current story as they turned out to be perfect for one another.
 
Cipher who was once an angel now Unfallen and soon to be True Fallen is coming into his own powers. He is trapped in another dimension and is being tortured over and over again to again access to information that could effect hundreds of lives but,more is in play than just that and he needs to escape before he breaks and betrays the ones he loves.
 
Lyre is Ciphers handler tasked by Bael to extract the information he wants at any means and she decides she is up to the job to further her own wants and desires to enact her own revenge of the wrongs done to her.
 
We loved this story from cover to cover.The story was gripping and suspenseful and had wonderful evil character's.We loved Cipher from the onset of the story and that he fought as hard as he did to protect the ones he loves.
 
A friendship was forged in the pits of hell and now Lyre is examining her own choices that she's made and fines she no longer needs to seek the vengeance on those who wronged her so long ago.
 
We loved Cipher and Lyre as they had some major chemistry going on between them and I found them to be perfect one another even with all the obstacles standing between them.I love the fact that Lyre was able to retain her sweetness and kindness living in and living with such evil on a daily basis.We loved how she was willing to make great sacrifices in order to help Cipher in preserving his secrets.
 
Cipher I found to be sexy as sin and no matter his dire circumstances retained his sense of humor that made us laugh out loud more than once.Lyre was just one of those character's that there is more than meets the eye than what's is on the surface as she has learned to mask her feelings and keep her secrets. 
 
Overall we really loved this story it was packed with action and adventure,was intriguing,had tons of drama,healing and finding love in all the wrong places.The story kept me glued to the pages the entire time and we loved the character's both good and evil.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
About Larissa Ione:
 
Larissa Ione is a N
ew York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.
 

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review 2019-04-14 23:39
Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain
Lady of the Butterflies - Fiona Mountain

"They say I'm mad and perhaps it's true. It is well known that lust brings madness and desperation and ruin. But upon my oath, I never meant any harm. All I wanted was to be happy, to love and to be loved in return, and for my life to count for something. That is not madness, is it?" So begins the story of Eleanor Glanville, the beautiful daughter of a seventeenth-century Puritan nobleman whose unconventional passions scandalized society. When butterflies were believed to be the souls of the dead, Eleanor's scientific study of them made her little better than a witch. But her life-set against a backdrop of war, betrayal, and sexual obsession-was that of a woman far ahead of her time.

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NOTE TO ANIMAL LOVERS: Be aware, near the end of this novel, there is a scene where kittens are murdered. 

 

Spanning late 17th century - early 18th century, Lady of the Butterflies is a novelization of the life of entomologist Lady Eleanor Glanville. Though she had an interest in studying the natural sciences in general, her specialty was in butterflies. A woman making a career in the sciences was virtually unheard of in Glanville's time, a fact that serves as a driving plot point in the novel --- Glanville trying to push beyond societal limitations for women.

 

 

I remember what Mary Burges said about people being afraid and aggressive toward what they did not understand, and I had a sense then that I might make life very difficult for myself if I did not curb this passion I had for discovery and observation. And yet I did not want to curb it, did not think it was even possible. Nor, in truth, did I see why I should.

 

Eleanor has a very strict Puritanical upbringing. Though her father is a successful businessman / landowner, his religious beliefs allow for no excess in the home. He even goes so far as to ban Christmas celebrations. But he does allow Eleanor a level of education typically reserved for boys (botany, geography, astronomy, etc). However, when her interests veer toward the subject of butterflies, Eleanor does raise the hackles on some people in her circle, as there was a 17th century belief that butterflies carried the souls of the dead, and that the process of metamorphosis was equal to shapeshifting which equated to satanic to many of this superstitious era, so having such a degree of fascination in them read as almost occult-ish to many.

 

Eleanor first hears of Richard Glanville, her future love, at the young age of eleven. Her father seems to detest even the name of Glanville being brought up in conversation, claiming that the man was living a life just seeped in debauchery: "I know of his family, I know the type." Even at her age at this time, Eleanor already realizes that it's unlikely she will ever be the docile, delicate lady type, so the sordid tales of Richard Glanville certainly stir her curiosity!

 

After the death of Eleanor's father, a Mr. Merrick comes to Eleanor and explains that he is to be the executor of the family estate in general, but mainly the overseer of the family home, Tickenham Court, until she becomes of age. It's encouraged that she seek a husband. She eventually settles on longtime friend Edmund Ashfield. While for the most part it seems like a good match, she does struggle with some of the structural elements of marriage and later motherhood, namely the law of coverture, in which any land or other possessions a woman might inherit is immediately relinquished to her husband upon marriage (a woman was allowed to keep her property if she remained single).

 

"You will continue these absurd studies no more. From now on you will receive instruction only in dancing and music and drawing and housewifery, like a proper young lady...Your father made the gravest mistake teaching you to take an interest in masculine concerns. The weaker sex may have fruitful wombs but they've barren brains. Learning makes them impertinent and vain and cunning as foxes. I fear I shall never get you off my hands, even if you do come with a fine manor and a good income. I caution you to mind your tongue when you meet Mr. Ashfield again... no man wants to marry an educated girl."

 

 ~~ So says Mr. Merrick *eyeroll*

 

 

 

Eleanor does honestly care for Edmund, but she also has deep emotional ties to her ancestral lands, so she's always fearful of what he might decide to do to the property without consulting her. This is another big point in the plot, the discussion of ecology: Tickenham Court sits on marshland that is home to swallowtail butterflies, an important area of study for Eleanor, but not so much for the men in her life looking for business (building) opportunities on the property. They are more concerned with moving forward on a proposed drainage project. But the project suffers delays as a mystery person keeps leaving messages of terrorism and sabotage --- livestock being butchered and left out to be found, property destroyed, barns set afire, even eels placed in beds! Incorporated into this darker portion of the story is Thomas Knight, a bully from Eleanor's childhood who doesn't mature into anything nicer as an adult. But is he the one to blame for these attacks on Tickenham Court? Either way, there are complicated ties between him and Eleanor (beyond the story of bullying) that wait til the last part of the book to be fully revealed.

 

Eleanor's story covers the various stages of a woman's life -- girlhood, romantic infatuations, marriage, motherhood. Through it all, whenever there are times of strife, she uses the study of butterflies to center herself and feed her spirit.... an important reminder for all readers: the value of self care! It's also important in that Eleanor struggles to stay on that line between self doubt and self assurance. Sometimes she listens to those around her and tries to be content with a simple home life as a subservient wife, but other days her inner voice screams NO! IT'S NOT ENOUGH! She knows she has research of great value to contribute to the world of science and her gender should not matter one whit! One person in her corner, though: her lady's maid, Bess. Bess adorably considers herself "worldly" in various life matters (particularly sex) and often encourages Eleanor to never accept disappointment or the idea of having to settle as the norm. Much of Eleanor's fiery nature seems to be stirred by the strain of having to constantly push against feckless men who will either not fight for her or those who would do anything possible to remind her of her place. 

 

Years later, opportunity to pursue her dreams presents itself in the form of a growing friendship (largely through correspondence) with apothecary / herbologist James Petiver, who also collected and studied butterfly specimens. This friendship and later work partnership would become the basis for the start of the British Natural History Museum. 

 

From Fiona Mountain's "Historical Note" Afterword:

 

"During the course of my writing this novel, Britain was hit by repeated and devastating floods, caused in part, according to leading environmentalists, by the loss of wetland floodplains. In 2007, the study of butterflies was formally accepted by the government as an important environmental barometer."

 

Fiona Mountain does a fine job offering readers an immersive historical fiction reading experience! Many reviewers have knocked this for being more along the lines of historical romance than historical fiction. Yes, this fictionalized Eleanor liked her men. Yes, there are plenty of scenes focusing on flirtations and build up to anticipated sex (and yes, the sex itself). But this one also runs deeper than that. We also get discussions on the science world, feminism, gender roles, societal expectations. We get solid world building that keeps the pages of this doorstopper moving, and dialogue that's witty and even breathtaking at times. As someone who reads plenty of both genres, I would put my vote in the historical fiction hat. It's not like we have a mountain of information to pull from on the real Eleanor Glanville -- there's actually quite a bit of mystery as to how the life story of the real Eleanor ended -- so a little creative license is to be expected. There's a bit of heartbreak at the end, of Fiona Mountain's imagining, that left me feeling a little guilty for some of my reader emotions! 

 

 

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review 2019-04-13 12:42
OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy
OyMG - Amy Fellner Dominy

Ellie Taylor loves nothing better than a good argument. So when she gets accepted to the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp, she's sure that if she wins the final tournament, it'll be her ticket to a scholarship to the best speech school in the country. Unfortunately, the competition at CSSPA is hot-literally. His name is Devon and, whether she likes it or not, being near him makes her sizzle. Luckily she's confident enough to take on the challenge-until she begins to suspect that the private scholarship's benefactor has negative feelings toward Jews. Will hiding her true identity and heritage be worth a shot at her dream? Debut author Amy Fellner Dominy mixes sweet romance, surprising secrets, and even some matzo ball soup to cook up a funny yet heartfelt story about an outspoken girl who must learn to speak out for herself.

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Ellie Taylor, a Jewish teen with a passion for speech and debate, is working hard to win a scholarship to Benedict's Conservatory of Arts and Academics, a high school with one of the best debate programs in the country. This summer, she's been offered a spot in a Christian summer camp for Performing Arts. She feels this will be the big ticket to getting the attention of Benedict's admissions committee.

 

Problem is, she begins to hear rumors that the scholarship benefactor may be ant-Semitic. To make things worse, she begins to develop an interest in Devon, her main competition at the camp. When Ellie discovers he has ties to the benefactor, part of her worries he might share these anti-Semitic views. Ellie begins to wonder if maybe she should start to hide her Jewish heritage to have a better shot at her dreams. 

 

I'd seen Devon smile politely at Mrs. Lee. I'd seen him smile with other kids during lunch. I'd seen him smile on stage. But there was something about this smile. Something so warm... I felt like a chocolate bar left on the dashboard. If he kept smiling at me like that, I'd melt into a gooey mess. 

 

Decent read. The plot was pretty good for the most part... some weak points, some slow bits, but plenty of cute moments. One might think that the story is going to end up pretty serious with such a topic as anti-Semitism, but Dominy keeps it pretty light (without being flippant). Basically, it boils down to Ellie coming to realize that people such as the benefactor are going to exist in life, but the best course is to just go move forward, regardless of their views on you, and just focus on living your best life.

 

"Each of us is unique, Ellie. That is God's greatest gift to us --- and his greatest challenge. You must find the courage to speak with your own unique voice. Otherwise, someone else will speak for you. You'll be amazed how many want the job. Your parents, your friends, your enemies, politicians, and teachers -- all these voices will try to speak for you. Sometimes, it  seems easier to let them. But then, you've lost more than your voice. You've lost yourself."

 

I peeled back strands of hair from my wet cheeks. "What if I don't hear my own voice?"

 

"You'll hear it. You just may not want to listen." 

 

~ Ellie talking with her grandfather

 

The characterizations are where things fell apart a bit for me. They weren't done terribly, it was just that so many of them felt very middle of the road. There wasn't always a clear understanding of what some of the characters' motivations or goals were, what really makes them tick. The banter between several of the characters could also get annoying at times. That said, I did really like Grandpa Zeydak, Devon and Megan. Also, I think there was a Doris (?) character in there that stood out to me. Everyone else left me kinda meh. 

 

 

But overall, I think it serves as a great and empowering read, particularly for its intended YA audience, which serves to illustrate the importance of unashamedly embracing who you are and reveling in what makes you different. There's also a lot of fun church humor, such as the visit to the Lutheran church, "Me and Jesus are the only two Jews in this place." LOL 

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Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
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Wisdom of Gods

Osiris Isis and Horus in ancient cultures of Egypt and Greece 2,000 BCconsciousnessSymbols and Signs

 

Ancient Mediterranean Cultures and Advanced Civilizations

by Nataša Pantović Nuit

The Tao of Logos

During the past 50 / 100 years , more and more archeological findings further enlighten our knowledge of Humanity’s strive for democracy, justice, art, of what we now call "advanced civilizations" of cultures around Mediterranean 2/3/4,000 BC. Not at all a recent adventure, this drive within Humankind, has fully flourished in ancient countries all around Mediterranean for more than 2,000 years.

Eye of Horus ancient Egyptian Symbol 3000 BC

Why should we care?

For the last two thousands years, our writings were reserved for Kings, our knowledge passed among the privileged few, the image of women distorted, and abused. Learning, researching, exloring  in our wish not to repeat Humanity’s shadow side, past mistakes, the genocides, the endless wars, the destructive spirals of greed, examining the birth-place of European culture and civilization, going back in time, before Romans, we acknowledge the beauty of the remarkably well preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia (in Cyprus) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to approximately 6800 BC; of 30 + Ancient Neolithic Temples in Malta dating 3500 BC, of Ancient Greeks Polis, the city states, dating 2,000 BC, of Ancient Egypt, of Babylon, of Ugarit (now Syria), of Thrace and its amazing Universities, we now connect to our roots truthfully in an amazment, full of wonder towards what they have achieved within their cultures.

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El Ra Ma Learning from Ancient Egyptian Amon Ra, Cosmos and Kids
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El Ra Ma

Learning from Ancient Egyptian Amon Ra, Cosmos and Kids about Democracy.

Supreme God and Sound Frequency

by Nataša Pantović Nuit

Meditating on the shores of Mediterranean, paying respect to Silence, to Nothing in all its forms, during the morning of the Equinox, during the Full Moon, I was experiencing the mystical names of .

circle triangle square elements

Within the Christian worlds we often use Amin / Alleluia, Buddhists deeply appreciate the sound and frequency of Aum, the ancient Egyptians remind us that the mystical name of God is Amon Ra. Ra or Ta as the sound of the supreme male quality and Ma as the sound of the supreme female quality, these two combining within the name of the Hindhu’s supreme God B-Ra-Ma, or Be Ra & Ma. Could it that simple? Perhaps not, but do your-own research further…

Source: www.artof4elements.com/entry/244/el-ra-ma
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