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review 2017-02-19 00:00
Twelve Days of Faery
Twelve Days of Faery - W.R. Gingell This was cleverly written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot was fun and the characters were witty Mary Sues. You never doubted they'd succeed and any problems were solved with a MacGyver kind of ingenuity.

It's a clean romance with some magical action and suspense. Zero character development, just straight action and a teensy bit of 'falling in love' angst. It was exactly what I needed on a lazy Sunday. I didn't have to think too hard and I didn't have my emotions jerked around by soap opera levels of angst. It was just good, fast fun.

I doubt it would win any awards, but for what it is... it's pretty damn good. I'll definitely check out the author's other works.
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review 2016-10-14 06:49
I'm ALL ABOUT this narrator...Mr. Davies, you have a fan in me. *wink*
Betrothed: A Faery Tale - Therese Woodson
A Hearts On Fire Review

4.25 HEARTS--Must love faeries, brats and faery tales.

Thankfully, I enjoy all of the above.

Fantasy is very much my go-to genre. My favorite magical beings after unicorns and mermaids are the fae. They're not just twee little folk when written right. (Yes, they're open for interpretation)

Therese Woodson did a very interesting version of faeries. They're separated by four elements: sun, water, air and earth. Each element ruled by their respective kingdom. Due to a war hundreds of years ago between the greedy Sun King and the other elements, a marriage treaty was created between the air, water and earth (the winners). The elements must be married to maintain peace...it's been arranged.

Enter Puck aka half-human/ half- earth faery, Prince Chrysanths who is sort of a black sheep of both the faery and human world. He doesn't fit in either realm. While faeries have tattoo like colorful markings all over their body that depict their base element, his human side mutes it to faint colors. And he doesn't have wings and can't fly like his full blooded mother or subjects. His ears are rounded like a human, his magic isn't as strong and he's regulated to seeing his father once a year, if that.

When his mother, Queen Bellis tells Puck it's time for his arranged marriage to air faery prince Sky to happen, in three weeks, Puck does the only logical thing. He runs to Earth. Thus begins a fish out of water like experience for (Prince Sky) because of course he has to follow his betrothed into the human world (where he's never traveled).

The story has a lot of great themes going for it that I like to read in budding romances. This reads like New Adult. Puck still has growing up to do. Sky is definitely more responsible. They're opposites in a lot of ways. But where the author created magic (despite the obvious subject) is the little moments. Puck is frustrating but Sky can't help but charmed by the color in his eyes, or the way he thinks about something. That makes or breaks a romance for me. I'm more of a small gestures kind of reader.

And the young men learn one another while virtually strangers in a short amount of time (about three weeks) in America (?) guessing by the narrator's accent.

And this narrator. He is 5 Hearts all the way I want him to narrate all the things for me, especially fantasy books. I can name 5 GLBT fantasy books I want him to narrate for me right now. It'd be epic. EPIC!
My list of audiobook narrators I've listened to isn't long, but I'm telling you Matthew Lloyd Davies is on my list of best narrators ever. He does the voices, the inflections, breaks at the right moment. He put thought into the characters, he breathed life into the characters. They were all distinct! I felt like I was at a production with my audiobook. (My favorite words Mr. Davies said? The dirty ones, of course!)

My one quibble with the narration is the American accents are read with a British pronunciation, so it made the American in me pause for a bit. Hearing the "mall" pronounced 'mell' rather than MALL with a long 'A' gave me acute screw face. Just for a teeny bit. Hell after awhile, Jim (Puck's dad) accent grew on me. I thought it added charm after awhile, Jim's accent like sounding syrupy British with marbles in the mouth. I was all for it.

Narration skills aside, the story is a modern day faery tale. We get an arranged marriage where love blossoms organically. Yes, there is a short amount of time. And there is a villain so to speak and a little outside action (very minor) But Woodson made sure to add little details from the Puck and Sky's first meeting to detail their attraction and chemistry.

So much so, I would have been fine if they didn't have any kind of sexual contact. And the story was strictly PG-13. Don't worry smutsters, it's not. ;D

I wanted to give this book 5 Hearts. It pains me not to especially with that top notch narration. Because all the romance details work so wonderfully. But...I can't. There were two areas where elaboration and development should have happened. The story is chugging along at a nice pace, a twist that I had a feeling was coming, happens. Cool. And then another plot twist happens, even better. But the way it just fizzled, to rush to a HEA. I need answers.

1) What the hell was the malady?
2) What the hell happened with the 'villain'? One doesn't just plot for so long and do...that.

Unless there is a sequel? (I wouldn't mind a sequel)

I really enjoyed the world Therese wooden created, the faery mythology and background. I even love the ingenious way faery babies are created. (So how are Sun babies made, just curious?)
This is different. Puck will try the patience of some - his brattiness can test the patience of a saint. I think Sky is a good foil for him and they make a great couple. The outcome despite the hiccups in the the last 20% or so was a good faery tale.

I'm charmed by the whole kit and caboodle that is Betrothed. I do hope to see more fantasy by this author, more from this world.

A copy provided for an honest review
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review 2016-07-24 21:14
In the Mist of Killarney by Robert McCallum
In the Mist of Killarney: A Faery Tale - Mr Robert Liam McCallum,R. L. McCallum

Starting off in 1911 Ireland, Professor Emmet Brehon is on the hunt for fairies. He believes they are more than simple bits of folklore. He finds a secluded place that is rumored to be visited by fairies and surprisingly, he sees two young fairy like girls and a mysterious light. He snaps a photo, intending to use it as proof of the existence of fairies. Alas, one misfortune after another falls upon Emmet and those close to him. He starts to suspect the photo may be more than a simple picture.

The story took a little while for me to get into. Things start off quaint and cozy. Once horrible things start happening, the pace picks up and things are much more interesting. First, there’s this mysterious photo and Emmet is the only one who seems to be able to see the fairies and the ghostly light in it. Then he notices that when he sees nothing but the background vegetation in the photo, bad things happen. First, there’s a car accident and the mother of his fiance is killed. At the funeral, there is an awful storm and the open grave fills with water and the coffin floats off, perusing Emmet and Katherine (his fiance). It goes on from there – the spooky and misfortunate and disfiguring and sometimes deadly events pile up.

Emmet eventually learns that he can’t destroy or bury or pass off the photo to be free of the troublesome spirits that inhabit it. Unfortunately, he also can no longer get stinking drunk and forget about the photo. Poor dude. Emmet tries to the flee Ireland, hoping to leave the magic that powers the spirits behind. However, this proves very difficult. I really enjoyed that it was not easy or simple for Emmet to be free of these spirits. It becomes the thing that drives him but also the thing that gets him in trouble with friends and authorities alike.

The story spans 4 years and the author threw in some references to famous people or events of the time, like Houdini and the Titanic. I like that he did this,  giving me reference points to other things happening in the world at the same time that Emmet is struggling with his spirits….. or a mental illness? Indeed, as the story moved forward, I had to start wondering if Emmet was all there, as some characters in the story wonder. The author doesn’t push the reader one way or the other and it’s up to you to decide.

Over all, it was a fun tale of classic horror. There’s not much gore, as the story relies mostly on the psychological terror of the events Emmet is party to, or at least a witness to. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story and I’m glad I stuck with it.

I received this book free of charge from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

The Narration: This was a tough book to get through because of the narration. The volume keeps changing. The narration in general sounds either muffled or like at the end of a long metal tube. David Ocean tries to spruce it up a bit with a few sound effects but these are roughly pasted into the performance, like the sound of two girls giggling. Also, sometimes when he does a different character voice, like Katherine’s, that also sounds pasted in – not always, just sometimes. With that said, he does do an Irish accent for Emmet and Katherine all the way through the book. His female voices are believable. 

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review 2016-06-18 00:00
Faery Godlover
Faery Godlover - Lizzie Lynn Lee Faery Godlover - Lizzie Lynn Lee A short, quirky and romantic story. Duada is exiled to the Earth realm by the Faery Queen to serve a sentence for causing an uproar among the female diplomats. His bedroom exploits have caused havoc and even though Duada's MO may have contributed positively in some cases, this time it has blown up and caused major problems for the Faery Queen.

Now Duada must help barista Jasmine Duval, an attractive and qualified woman who has had as much bad luck in her professional life as she has had in her love life. In the process of setting her up with her soul mate he realizes that maybe she is the one thing that has been missing from his long existence and that he might just be the perfect match for her.

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2016-01-06 15:00
All things Faery
Shaman Pathways - Way of the Faery Shaman: The Book of Spells, Incantations, Meditations & Faery Magic - Flavia Kate Peters

There are so many different approaches to fairy/faery/faerie out there, and it means so many things to different people.

 

Here's what's been said by others about this book - 

Through the magic of these pages you are invited to re-discover the truth about Faeries and to work with the forces of nature through spell work, mediation, invocation and rhyme. ~ Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, Best-selling author of The Shaman Within

 

Flavia's words will make you feel the joy and magic of the Faery realm all over again. Voices from childhood return, and I feel the urge to clap... these aren't just the pretty sprites of the Victorians but true tales of the land, beautifully told, in all their Puckish wildness. ~ Cat Treadwell, druid priestess and author of Facing the Darkness

 

I recently found this piece by the same author offering a faery meditation - http://www.faemagazine.com/imbolc-faery-meditation-by-flavia-kate-peters/ and a unicorn meditation by the same author - http://www.faemagazine.com/unicorn-meditation-with-flavia-kate-peters/

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