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url 2017-11-27 20:36
New Urban Fantasy from Shyla Colt
Witch for Hire - Shyla Colt

LIVE Exclusively at Amazon!

 

Young, terrified, and bound to a vampire, Louella Eschete fled the bayou and swore off magic. Years later, she’s returned to the tiny town of Cypress, Louisiana to take her rightful place as head of her magical family, whether she likes it or not.

 

In order to keep the tentative peace formed between the various races of powerful beings who rule side by side, she must face her own demons. Mainly one, Cristobal Cortez. Now a master vampire, and lord of the seven cities surrounding New Orleans, her former lover has moved up in the world. Their relationship gets way more complicated when his court is framed for a rash of murders they didn’t commit.

 

Forced to play her role as his bond mate, and launch an investigation into the darkness threatening to overturn truces, she may be in over her head. 

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review 2017-09-26 20:10
Red Light Special (Gimme That Green Light}
Red Light Special (Gimme that Green Light) - Mis Dee

Title:  Red Light Special

Author:  Mis Dee

Publisher:  Pen Bullies LLC

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Red Light Special" by Mis Dee

 

My Thoughts....

 

If you like day dreaming about erotic fantasies then this author give the reader quite a hot "Red Light Special" story that will leave you saying Wow!  will Neva get to really live out her fantasies.  With that friend of hers all I can say is REALLY!  I guess with Rocky turning her friend on to PUSH[sex club], it looks like she had a reason for doing this and you will just have to pick up this novel to see just what she did to her so call friend.  With Neva wanting more from her husband...so bad there didn't seem to be any communication between them and well... I will just say that we will have to get the rest of this story to see how this will this all turn out.  Now that we have the "Red Light Special" I will definitely want to see what the 'Green Light' holds for Neva, Rocky and that husband Benjamin.

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review 2017-09-23 20:59
Radiance
Radiance - Grace Draven

Title:  Radiance

Author:  Grace Draven

Publisher:  G. D.

Series:  Wraith Kings Book 1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Radiance" by Grace Draven

 

 

My Synopsis...

 

What a riveting, good series, fantastic delivered fantasy/paranormal read, amazing beautiful love story, wonderful unique romance, magical, well told story, definitely can be compared to 'The Beauty & the Beast kind of story,' arranged marriage, and in the end one awesomeness entertaining well written read that you will find hard to put down.  So, to get it all you will have to pick up the good read to see for yourself how well this author presents it so well to her readers.

 

I will say this author Grace Draven knows how to give her readers delicious stories being so very exquisite almost with a deft of magic.

 

"An arranged marriage.

An alliance between two kingdoms.

Arranged marriages were the fate of nearly all aristocratic Gauri women, each one made for power, for trade, for good of country.

 

Ildiko.

A young Gauri royal member set of to become a wife to a KAI prince. She's become a duchess, a Kai hercegese. BUT her position as a spare will remain the same.

 

Brishen

A KAI Prince, a younger son.

He never imagined an arranged marriage with a human woman to seal a war and trade alliance between Bast-Hardis and Gaur.

 

what started off as an obligation - where both parties find the other hideous and ugly,

The physical differences between human and Kai were obvious and in some ways, extreme...her acceptance helped her look beyond his startling appearance to the man himself. She'd held tight to that philosophy: see past the surface to the tides below."

 

The characters are simply off the chain...well developed, defined, portrayed and so very believable that will draw the audience in as these two main characters learn to see the beauty in one another day by day.  Now, even those this is somewhat a romantic read but be prepared because there is so much going on [from a little bit of it all...'with the fantasy elements being so unique and intriguing, sensual love scenes, romance, action political intrigueness [machinations, assassination attempts, ancient magics], strange food[from both sides] and let me not leave out that evil person' that will have you shaking your head] so,  you will have to keep up with it all.  I loved how this author presented scenes showing their physical and cultural differences.  I must say I enjoyed the two main characters [Brishen & Ildiko] bantering...with some of it was so very funny that it had me laughing out loud!

 

example....

 

"You find me ugly, don't you?"
"Hideous. A hag of a woman. And you? You don't think me a handsome man?"
"Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father's mace."

 

*falls over laughing*

 

And also so lovingly....

 

Woman of the day, he said slowly.  You mean everything to me.

 

Oh Breshin.

 

So, if you are looking for a wonderful unique fantasy phenomenal romance with a little bit of magic with quarreling kingdoms also with a little bit of a cliffhanger that will take the reader into the next series "Eidolon: Wraith Kings, Book 2" then I would definitely recommend "Radiance" to you as a excellent read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-02 13:08
[Rezension] Sigrid Kraft - In einem fernen Land: Ein Abenteuer aus der Welt von Ardeen
In einem fernen Land: Ein Abenteuer aus der Welt von Ardeen - Sigrid Kraft
Beschreibung:
Den Leser erwartet eine klassische Fantasygeschichte der Kategorie Schwert und Magie, sowie große Helden mit kleinen Fehlern und viel Humor. Der Band ist in sich abgeschlossen und somit als Einzelband konzipiert, der auch außerhalb der Hauptreihe gelesen werden kann.
Eine spannende Geschichte aus der Welt von Ardeen, in der Prinz Raiden und Ravenor ihr geliebtes Land ziemlich überstürzt verlassen, um die Welt vor dem drohenden Untergang zu retten. Dabei funktioniert die Magie wieder einmal nicht so, wie es sich der umsichtige Magier wünscht und das Verhängnis nimmt seinen Lauf.
Und niemand weiß … was davor geschah.
 
Details:
Format: Kindle Edition / Taschenbuch
Dateigröße: 4060 KB
Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 425 Seiten
Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Sprache: Deutsch
ASIN: B06XSC7M24
 
Eigene Meinung:
Das Cover hat etwas mystisches, es zeigt einen Sonnenuntergang in einer Wüste, was dann thematisch gleich an den Beginn des Buches anschliesst. Die Schriftart ist wie bei den anderen Bücher der Ardeen-Reihe gestaltet, auch wenn das Buch als Einzelband gelesen werden kann.
Der Einstieg ins das Buch war etwas schwierig, weil man sich gleich bei Prinz Raiden und Ravenor in der Wüste landet und dann erstmal schauen muss, wie man sich in die Geschichte findet. Aber dieses Zurechtfinden wird recht einfach gemacht, auch die verschiedenen Erzählweisen (es wird teilweise aus Ich-Erzähler und den allwissender Erzähler) trage dazu bei, dass man sich gut in die Geschichte und auch in die Umgebung findet.
Das Buch ist ein Einzelband, aber die Figuren kommen auch in der grossen Ardeen-Reihe von Sigrid Kraft vor und gerade das macht es vielleicht für Leser, die das Buch nur als Einzelband, an einigen Stellen und in einige Details etwas schwer nachvollziehbar, was sich aber Lesern der Reihe besser erschliesst. (Ich selber habe das Buch auch als Einzelband gelesen, weil ich nur Auszüge aus der Ardeen-Reihe kenne und mir fiel das daher bei Lesen schon etwas auf, dass die Figuren und die Handlungen dadurch manchmal etwas suspekt erscheinen.)
Sigrid Kraft hat eine tolle Art des Schreiben, sie schreibt leicht und flüssig, gestaltet die Umgebung und auch die Charakter so fesselnd, dass man das Buch einfach nur schwer aus der Hand legen kann.
Der Spannungsbogen, der durch das Spiel der Masken und auch die Offenlegung der Charaktere geschlagen wird, ist einfach wunderbar angelegt und man legt das Buch weg und hat das Gefühl, immer noch in der Welt rund um Ardeen zu sein.
Die Entwicklungen, die die Charaktere im Buch nehmen, ist wirklich spannend gestaltet, Sigrid Kraft lehnt den Lerneffekt auch so an, dass man manche Fehler auch mehrfach machen muss bis man es begreift und das macht das Buch wirklich sehr lebensnah.
Sigrid Kraft verliert sich aber nicht in Umgebungsbeschreibungen oder in Beweggründen, sondern sie lässt dem Leser alles "Wichtige" zukommen, was man wissen muss, aber die Tiefe wird dabei unberührter gelassen. An manchen Stellen gibt es einige Wiederholungen, was wahrscheinlich zur Festigung des roten Fades gedacht war, aber manchmal etwas überflüssig erscheint. 
 
Fazit:
Festhalten kann man, dass man das Buch schon als Einzelband lesen kann, aber es fehlt in gewissen Momenten schon etwas der Kontext, deswegen sollte man das schon als Zusammenhang mit der Ardeen-Reihe lesen. Trotzdem ist es ein spannendes Buch, was einen in eine spannende Welt entführt, die anders ist als das, was man sonst im Fantasy kennt und gerade durch die geschickte Erzählweise und den lockere Schreibstil lässt sich das Buch wahnsinnig gut lesen und man kann es kaum aus der Hand legen.
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review 2017-06-30 05:00
Dragon In Blood
Dragon in the Blood (Vale of Stars Book 2) - Juliette Cross

Title:  Dragon in Blood

Author:  Juliette Cross

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services LLC

Services"  Vale of Stars # 2

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"Dragon in Blood" by Juliette Cross

 

My Thoughts....

 

I enjoyed this second series of the Vale of Stars #2.  It was lovely fantasy romantic read featuring Valla Moonring and Conn Rowanflame where you will get a wonderful adventurous 'Dragon' read.  With them both being so stubborned it will be of most interest in how this author gets them together.  The way the story reads it's like getting two stories in one as the reader is presented in more than one POV. There was a lots of characters old and even some new ones bringing on a well developed and well portrayed read as the readers learns more about this  'intelligence gathering mission, Blood King and his followers, the Larkosians, the kidnapped women and learning what the 'prophecy' really means.  Many of these characters will have some very 'unique talents' that will definitely keep your attention as one reads through this story.  I will say I enjoyed the game called 'Truth or Lie' and I definitely plan on playing game! This author really know to tell a story with such heart felt details that the reader will not want to put down the story until the very end and will leave you wanting more.

 

I know this is a standalone read however, to fully understand it all  I would definitely recommend you read the first story 'Dragon Heartstrings' to get the a little bit more in the 'Vale Star fantasy series.

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