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review 2018-08-07 10:00
Release Week Review! Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) Karen Chance!
Shadow's Bane - Karen Chance

 

 

Half-human, half-vampire Dorina Basarab is back–and facing her biggest challenge yet in the next urban fantasy in the New York Times bestselling series.

 

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir–half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory’s fey friends goes missing. They fear he’s been sold to a slaver who arranges fights–sometimes to the death–between different types of fey.

 

As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. With the Vampire Senate gearing up for war with Faerie, it’ll take everything she has to defeat the slavers–and deal with the entirely too attractive master vampire Louis-Cesare….

 


Dorina has a lot on her plate being one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members but when a relative of one of her friends goes missing, Dory investigates a slaver and it’ll take everything she has to defeat them and deal with Louis-Cesare.

 

The “Dorina Basarab” series is a well-developed and fascinating world full of strong, charismatic characters that readers are easily drawn to and certainly can’t get enough of. Each and every story is fast paced with thrilling and daring battles, intriguing events, magical weaponry that sparks the imagination and plots that keeps readers hanging on to every word and that’s not to mention that witty dialogue that produces chuckles even as the kick a** heroine puts enemies in their place. Dorina is one tough chick but she also has a vulnerable side and readers can easily connect with her while enjoying her adventures.


There is never a dull moment to be found in the fourth book – “Shadow’s Bane” as one thrilling event after another takes place during this fast paced plot which is also interspersed with emotional turbulent scenes that ensures the readers get a well-rounded view of Dory and the multiple issues taking place throughout the story including her romance with Louis-Cesare and her relationship with her father. Her and her friends not only have to deal with the slavers which is much more complicated than they originally thought, but Dory is faced with tons of houseguests, the coming war with the Fae, Mircea’s past and her inner struggle with her “twin”.

 

The plot is a bit complex and is so full of twists and turns that readers will need to pay attention in order to keep up but the plot plays out so that it adds to the anxious atmosphere of the story which really keeps readers glued to the pages and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Dorina’s world.

 

 

Shadow’s Bane

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24104482-shadow-s-bane

 

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/books/shadow-s-bane-by-karen-chance

 


is the 4th book in the Doriana Basarab series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/45661-dorina-basarab

 

Which includes
.1 Zombie’s Bite
.3 Dragon’s Claw
.5 Buying Trouble
1 Midnight’s Daughter
2 Death’s Mistress
2.1 In Vino Veritas
3 Fury’s Kiss
3.5 Lover’s Knot
4 Shadow’s Bane

 

& is connected to the Cassandra Palmer series.

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/49237-cassandra-palmer

 


This timeline gives the reading order for both the Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab series. It also shows the reading order for the novellas and shorts connected with the books.


http://karenchance.com/timeline.html

 


Shadow’s Bane is available in print & ebook at:

 

Penguin - http://www.penguin.com/book/shadows-bane-by-karen-chance/9780451419064

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451419065?tag=randohouseinc7986-20

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadows-bane-karen-chance/1127456869?ean=9780451419064

 

BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/p/9780451419064?AID=10876509&PID=8373827&SID=PRHEFFDF5A7F1--9780451419064

 

Hudson - https://www.hudsonbooksellers.com/book/9780451419064

 

IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780451419064?aff=penguinrandom

 

Powells - http://www.powells.com/book/-9780451419064

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1312463723

 

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shadow-s-bane

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Karen_Chance_Shadow_s_Bane?id=Jzk-DwAAQBAJ

 

 

Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in Florida near her family home.

 

Website - http://karenchance.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/38066.Karen_Chance

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/karen-chance

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/#!/KarenChanceBooks

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/CasPalmerSeries

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-09 04:14
Review: Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3) by Kat Zhang
Echoes of Us - Kat Zhang

Initial reaction: That was a satisfying end to a good series overall. A few points for me had the narrative dragging but I enjoyed the journey overall.

Full review:

I'll admit I'm a little sad to be finishing this series with "Echoes of Us" for two reasons: 1. It took me a long time to pick up this final novel and 2. This is pretty much the end of the journey for Eva and Addie. I've spent three books following these characters and found myself invested in their fight for representation and non-erasure of hybrid souls. This book has Addie and Eva delving into an alternate identity once again by going undercover at a facility with hybrid children like themselves to expose the horrible treatment of the souls there, but it comes with a high cost.

It may be a better thing for those who are reading the series to read these books back to back because I did struggle a little in the transition between this book and the last for remembering certain details and characters (though the book does a fair job of highlighting some of the major events from the previous books that Addie and Eva were involved within). Once I reacquainted myself with events, I was okay for the most part. I wasn't expecting some major character deaths from the get go - when the action hits home, it definitely hits home. I definitely felt for Eva in the midst of the novel for the separation anxiety and loss she feels on multiple levels. The novel on the whole ties up the major conflicts in a way that - to me - was one of the strongest ends to a YA series that I've read in recent times. However, I feel like there could've been more time spent with respect to the character development and some of the plot points that really didn't have a lot of answers with them (i.e. the existence of hybrid souls vs. the general public and how that related to the international conflict). I can't complain on the whole though, this series collectively had me glued to see what would happen next in Eva and Addie's overarching journeys.

I'm going to miss following these two - wonderful audiobook narration by Kim Mai Guest and a unique YA dystopian trilogy that left me with great impressions. The only thing I wish in finishing the novel (and series) is that it could've delved a bit deeper.

Overall score: 3.5/5 stars.

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text 2017-01-19 21:26
Moorigad: Complete Age of the Hybrid Series by Debra Kristi Free!
Moorigad: Complete Age of the Hybrid Series (A Paranormal Romance) - Debra Kristi,Adara Rosalie

When Kyra, the Moorigad dragon-shifter, unwittingly finds herself at Mystic's Carnival, a supernatural world between realms, she believes her runaway days are finished.

Amidst the carnies and never-ending magic, she begins falling for her all-too-secretive best friend, Sebastian. And as she delves deeper into his mysteries, her goodwill sabotages their future and her very existence.

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