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review 2017-12-14 18:16
Review: "Undertow" (Whyborne & Griffin, #8.5) by Jordan L. Hawk
Undertow: A Whyborne & Griffin Universe Story - Jordan L. Hawk

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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text 2017-12-14 06:54
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Undertow: A Whyborne & Griffin Universe Story - Jordan L. Hawk

My very first F/F.

 

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review 2017-12-11 00:44
ARC Review: Thrown to the Wolves (Black Dog Universe) by Hailey Edwards
Thrown to the Wolves (Black Dog Universe) - Hailey Edwards
Thrown to the Wolves

Black Dog Universe
Hailey Edwards
Urban Fantasy - Short Stories - Anthology
November 3rd 2017
eBook
133
ARC Review Copy

 

This anthology includes several short stories set in the BLACK DOG UNIVERSE, including the all new story, THROWN TO THE WOLVES.

 

THROWN TO THE WOLVES (A Gemini Short Story)

Zed lost his mate, and it broke his wolf's heart. Now he's got a second chance at a happily-ever-after if he's brave enough to take what he wants.

 

OUT FOR BLOOD (A Gemini Short Story)

White sand beaches, fresh tropical drinks...and three exsanguinated bodies. So much for Marshal Ayer's transfer to the island of St. Kitts being a vacation.

 

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (A Black Dog Short Story)

When a fae boy goes missing, all evidence points to a warg being responsible for the crime. Thierry is called to lead the hunt for the rogue, but the closer she gets to locating the boy, the further she gets from the truth.

 

A STONE'S THROW CHRISTMAS (A Gemini Short Story)

Cam has a present for Cord, but once he unwraps her gift, their lives will never be the same.

 

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All the stories in Thrown to the Wolves take place before the the big final battle in Over The Moon. These short stories are all part of the Black Dog Universe. Fans of the Black Dog, Gemini, & Lorimar Pack will enjoy dropping back into the world and seeing their favorite characters again.

 

Thrown To The Wolves – 3 Stars

 

Here we get a deeper look into Zed, wolf in the Lorimar Pack and Jo, a human in town. We learning some interesting things about Jo and her Aunt and get to see Zed happy.

 

Out For Blood – 3 Stars

 

Here we get to see Lema a dhampir, a Marshal, and a character we meet in the Gemini series who was sent into the mental institute and is now out and back to work as a Marshal. We learn a little more about her heritage. Here we see a young coworker who has taken an interest in her and wants more then just a working relationship. These two are brought together; because of a murder investigation.

 

The Bakers Grimm – 3.5 Stars

 

A Fae and a Witch. Their family have been competitors for years. They both are backers and have shops next to each other, but in this tail the children come together and it’s a Fairy Tale ending.

 

A Stone’s Throw Christmas – 3.5 Stars

 

Graeson & Camille from the Gemini series celebrate Christmas with the pack and a few surprises are revealed. It was nice to see the Lorimar Pack again. It’s a sweet holiday short story.

 

Dog Days of Summer – 4 Stars

 

Dog Days of Summer takes place between Dog with a Bone & Heir of the Dog. It’s a fast-paced action packed novella. I devoured this adventure from the first to last page.

 

In this one Thierry is still very young and not very experienced at being a Marshall yet, so the cases she can choose are limited. We get to see Thierry in action, doing her thing to find a missing chicken thing, help Shaw find a kidnapped or missing boy and find a rogue Warg; before things get way out of hand.

 

The Black Dog, Gemini, & Lormair series are fabulously fun and entertaining. The world is vast and the characters are fascinating. Those that love Urban Fantasy’s should give this world a try.

 

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Hailey Edwards with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!

 

 

Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (UF) – New Release (2017)

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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text 2017-12-05 15:22
December TBR
Cloudbound (Bone Universe) - Fran Wilde
A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Rob Kaplan,Harold Rabinowitz
Now That You Mention It: A Novel - Kristan Higgins
The Other Alcott: A Novel - Elise Hooper
Pride and Prometheus - John Kessel
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction - William Knowlton Zinsser
Red Rising - Pierce Brown
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella
The Girls in the Picture: A Novel - Melanie Benjamin
How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets - Dana K. White

I like posting these and then comparing wrap-ups to TBRs at the end of the month. For me, most of the time they are very different.

 

"The best-laid plans of mice and men..."

 

Anywho,  these are some of the books I see on the horizon for this month. It's going to be a busy month, so we will see how I do. 

 

Some highlights:

 

I'm looking forward to Kristin Higgins new book - I always enjoy her chic-lit. And I'm really looking forward to Kinsella's latest, Surprise Me.

 

I am cautiously looking forward to Pride and Prometheus - the Pride and Prejudice/ Frankenstein mashup cuz... well... that sounds absolutely insane in a way that makes me want to read it sooner rather than later.  

 

Passion for Books - essays about books? How can that possibly be bad? 

 

On Writing Well is a re-read from years ago because I want to write better, more gooder, ummm... well. 

 

Happy reading everyone!

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-11-27 20:16
The Gods Themselves
The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov

One of the great classic works of SF. 

 

The title is part of a line from a play ("The Maid of Orleans") by the German poet Friedrich Schiller: Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

 

In the first part of the book, Against Stupidity, the problem of free, clean energy has finally been solved, and the scientist who came up with the solution is universally lauded. Oh, there are a few scientists who consider the whole system, which involves exchanging matter with a para-universe, inherently dangerous, but they are dismissed by everyone as trouble-makers. (And their careers as scientists brought to a dead stop if they dare to speak out.)

 

In Part II, The Gods Themselves, we find ourselves in that "para-universe". This is a stunning creation and the book should be read to experience this other world if for no other reason. It is so, so different, yet so, so believable and real ... and yes, of course, the stupid rule the roost there, too.

 

In Part III, we are on the Moon - our Moon - and again the book would be worth reading just for this depiction of what life on the Moon might be like. This Part is naturally entitled Contend in Vain, but with an important question mark: Contend in Vain? 

 

It would be too easy to spoil this wonderful story, so I will simply finish by saying how happy I am to have rediscovered my early love of Isaac Asimov (my grandmother had all his books) and that I plan on re-reading many more of them.

 

 

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