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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-23 02:03
In Bonds of the Earth
In Bonds of the Earth (Book of the Watchers) - Janine Ashbless

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

I have no idea where to start, seriously! The Book of the Watchers series by Janine Ashbless is SO complex and absolutely amazing that I’m just....... speechless really. This series is rich in story telling with a great research and a marvelous writing style where the author blends many dimensions, of facts and fictions, together in such a way that the only thing I can say for this series is WOW! I had to read In Bonds of the Earth at a snail’s pace just to savor each chapter.

I’ve never read anything by the author prior to this series. I picked up book 1 of the Watchers series, Cover Him With Darkness, because 1. I was in search of a good angel-demon type book and 2. I loved the title. And boy it sucked me right in from the start; from the moment when little Milja met Azazel the Fallen, bound in a dank, dark cave, for eternity... awaiting another eternity. Azazel is called a demon, a fallen angel, Prince of Darkness or Satan as I found in some sources. I’ll personally stick to the story itself because many of these notions discussed in the book connected to the Book of Enoch is rather vague to me. But that didn’t hinder my enjoyment at all. The whole story behind Azazel and his many brothers’ fight with the good angels and how they were then entombed in various places in the world is told in book 1. It was such a fascinating story, with excellent visuals, such as Azazel’s fight with St. Michael and the destruction of his human family.

Milja, a girl born in a small mountain-bound village of Montenegro, has known The Prisoner since her childhood. The Prisoner was there always. Many had been in charge of him over the uncountable years, her father the priest, being the latest. Milja’s mother was already dead, so her father has been the center of her world... until the day she started having dreams of The Prisoner, whom she’d only met a few times; always with her father by her side. Her father has forbidden her to ever communicate with the prisoner, let alone release him, no matter how much he begs. Yet, the sad, heart-wrenching dreams of him in pain, absolutely misery of many, many years tore at Milja. Then one day, when she was around 20, she does the unthinkable. She goes to the cave alone to meet him for the first time in years since she went to school. The Prisoner was always in her thought, in her dreams, so much so that she only had one boyfriend but couldn’t even maintain that relationship. She knew by then who she belonged to, and she decides instantly that she’s going to release him.

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review 2017-02-19 14:24
Audio Book Review: The Bee Charmer
The Bee Charmer - Poppy Lawless The Bee Charmer - Poppy Lawless

*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request.

Rayne is trying to help his dear friend Alice find her love. He's got the honey bees help and working his magical spells. He just needs to stay focused on helping her, but he feels drawn to another and his focus strays slightly. Viola is back to college after time off helping with her family's winery. Viola is ready to move forward in what she wants to do, perfumery, and will likely miss this lovely town. But there's another thing holding her attention and will he understand what she wants to do?

Hollie is a voice I've come to enjoy. She gives us the personalities of the characters as she voices their thoughts and voices when speaking. Hollie voices a few characters with an accent in this book as well. Nicely done. Hollie does do well with the sweet moments also, helping my heart to flutter when it needs to.

Poppy's books in this series have been heart touching, each and every one. This one ranks with the other two books, though I didn't tear up as I did in the first book, The Glass Mermaid. But I love the touches of magic and how all come around to find their true love. The fairy tale feel to those special moments with another.

Poppy is talented in blending the people she pairs. They may not think they are alike, but they do blend together with their likes and what they do along with personalities. The story is smoothly written with a flow you'll feel in your heart.

I would love to live in a small town with this much magic and love. It's just touches of magic to help the love that's there blossom, but it makes my heart swell. I just love these stories! This one had a touch of Cinderella at the ball feel at the end.

Seriously, these are just the sweetest books. I love the feeling I get from them. You know they are HEA but you can't help wanting to see how they stumble there and how things are righted for them. One of the best things with this book, we see how other couples are doing. We see a touch of the couple from The Glass Mermaid, but see more of how Horatio and Julie are doing, who were in The Cupcake Witch. We also see a potential pairing of another couple! And possibly future recipients of future books? There are a few mentioned that could have their own stories.

I will always be waiting for more books in this series and town!

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text 2017-02-09 17:43
The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa

"Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

 

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart." Goodreads

 

This book is what you can call a typical faery book. To be honest, you will probably find a lot of the different elements that makes up this book familiar already. Summer court? Check. Winter court? Check. Characters from classical literature, namely Shakespeare? Check. We have them all - Titania, Oberon and not to forget: Robin Goodfellow/Puck. Mind you, this Puck doesn't bear a lot of resemblance to the Puck we're used to.

 

I never managed to fall in love with this book, even though I wanted to. Mainly because of Meghan Chase herself. The time-span of this book is somewhat confusing, and our main character makes a lot of weird, or even stupid, choices. I guess it's fair to say I'm not a huge fan of the main character, but the friends and enemies she gains along the way is a lot more interesting. Want a hint? Ash. Wow. Now that's a character to pay attention to.

 

The world building in this book is..Extensive. You'll probably discover the never ending descriptions of fantastic creatures that Meghan meets on her way. Loads of them. Thankfully, the author takes a break from that from time to time, throwing in some pretty hilarious dialogues, often involving Puck.

 

“Ladies and Felines," he stated grandly, grasping the doorknob, "Welcome to Tir Na Nog. Land of endless winter and shitloads of snow.”

 

I ended up giving this book 3/5 stars. It's an okay book (maybe I've grown too old to put up with the idiocy of a wannabe heroic main character?), but like I said, I didn't really fall in love with it.

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review 2017-01-24 16:36
Giveaway – I Survived Blogfest! Tsunami Crimes by Chrys Fey @ChrysFey
Tsunami Crimes (Disaster Crimes Book 3) - Chrys Fey

I love all the covers for this series and Kim Mendoza has done a mighty fine job with Tsunami Crimes by Chrys Fey.

 

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Title: Tsunami Crimes
Series: Disaster Crimes #3
Author: Chrys Fey
Genre: Romantic-Suspense
 
Page Count: 272
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MY REVIEW
 

I have been following Beth and Donovan’s journey through one catastrophe after another in this fabulous thriller series. They first met in Hurricane Crimes, and had one hell of an adventure in Seismic Crimes and Lightning Crimes.

 

Now they face the rage of a Tsunami in Oahu, on their honeymoon, no less.

 

I have fallen for the characters. I watch as they grow and develop into more complex individuals. Beth is strong, independent, loving and giving. Better think twice about messing with her and her man. Donaovan and Thorn are best friends and both are in love with Beth. Their testosterone levels are so high, I think they need to pull them out and measure their ‘meat sword’. LOL Their friendly rivalry makes for some humorous situations. I love a good villain and Jackson Storm fits the bill nicely. 

 

The suspense builds, there is lots of action, and the suspense builds some more. Beth and Donovan are both targets and ya never know where the danger may come from. It lurks around every corner. Where and when will it strike?

 

Chrys Fey’s descriptive writing makes the story come alive, as if it is a movie playing out in my head. She has the ability to create doubt, even though I know the ending. She keeps the suspense at a fever pitch that goes on and on, never letting up, leaving me feeling wrung dry of my emotions. I finally reach the end and breathe a sigh of relief.

Excellent job, Chrys!

 

What disaster will be next?

 

5 Stars

 

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review 2016-12-13 03:27
Larkspur's Quest
Larkspur's Quest (The Fey Quartet Book 4) - Emily Larkin

Larkspur's wish went awry and she feels guilty that Ivy didn't use her wish for herself. She decided to earn a wish and restore Ivy to full health. She asks Cadoc to help her.
This one is easily my least favorite. I thought the "quest" was creepy. I would have liked something different. Larkspur does find her courage and confesses her feelings for Cadoc. But, still creepy.

eARC courtsey of Red Adept Publishing/Emily Larkin/NetGalley
Fey Quartet bundle out Nov 1st

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