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review 2020-01-15 12:43
X-Day (manga, vol. 2) by Setona Mizushiro, translated by Shirley Kubo
X-Day, Book 2 - Setona Mizushiro

The members of the little Ursa Minor chat group are getting more keyed up - Rika (11) has done something she regrets, Mr. Money is forcing himself to be more open about the situation with his mother and what it's done to his state of mind, Polaris is going to be forced to take part in a swimming relay race and feels anxious just thinking about it, and Jangalian still doesn't know how to gracefully put a stop to his obsessed stalker and the rumors she keeps spreading. Things are coming to a head now that everyone's been pushed into a corner.

Mizushiro managed to wrap this up better than I expected. Even though I had some issues with the way things played out, everyone's motivations and actions seemed more solid and believable in this volume than they did in the first volume. That said, I still had issues with how things worked out.

Mizushiro's handling of Mr. Money and his family situation struck me as being overly simplistic.

I disliked the way Rika and Mr. Money's relationship was presented as positively resolving their storylines. So, what, Rika's anxiety about track team and her ex-boyfriend were all resolved by her getting a new boyfriend? And we're supposed to believe that Mr. Money's abusive home life is no longer a problem, and he's magically no longer afraid of women? Uh, no.

The way Jangalian's issues were dealt with also seemed pretty simplistic, although there was at least a brief mention that things weren't quite over yet. Still, I was surprised that there wasn't more of a fuss made about even just the appearance of a relationship between Polaris and Jangalian. And Polaris, who has now tried to commit suicide twice in one year, could use a supportive adult in her life who isn't Jangalian.

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All in all, this series got off to a shaky start but managed to find its footing by the end, even though I wasn't always comfortable with the way everything played out.

Extras:

The last quarter of the volume was devoted to a short called "The Last Supper." Oh man, this story was dark, weird, and horrifying.

It's science fiction in which humans struggle to survive a plague that keeps cropping up every few years. The sky is now lit by an artificial sun, and the weather, too, is artificially controlled. Cows have long since died out and have been replaced by cow-human hybrids. Which we still raise for food, and eat. Lambda 26 is one such cow. After his father is slaughtered and eaten, Lambda tries to escape but ends up being found by Mitsuhiko, the rancher's son. Mitsuhiko insists on having Lambda as his playmate and servant, thereby protecting him from being killed and eaten. Lambda initially wants to be free but eventually begins to care for Mitsuhiko. (Major spoilers from this point on.)

Unfortunately, Mitsuhiko catches the plague and guess what? Medicine made from cow organs turns out to be the best treatment. Mitsuhiko has refused to eat beef since Lambda became his friend, but now Lambda badly wants to help him. Mitsuhiko can't face the idea of Lambda dying for him and gives Lambda everything he needs in order to escape. However, Mitsuhiko's father manages to obtain some cow organs, which are turned into medicine for Mitsuhiko. He's convinced to eat it, only to discover that the cow used in his medicine was, in fact, Lambda.

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That last story was definitely not my kind of thing, and I feel icky just thinking about it.

 

Rating Note:

 

If I could rate X-Day's conclusion separately from "The Last Supper," I'd give the former 3 stars and the latter 1 star. "The Last Supper" only takes up a quarter of the volume and therefore maybe shouldn't have as much weight, but since it had a pretty significant negative emotional impact on me, I'm just going to average the two ratings and give this 2 stars.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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Really Cool Christmas Gift Ideas for Golfers

 

With Christmas day almost at our doorsteps, it’s time to think about what your golfer friends might want to unwrap this holiday season. Though the weather can get really chilly, it doesn’t mean golfers would stop thinking about the golf game. You can help them keep the fire burning by gifting some really cool golf equipment to get them more excited about the game. Read More: - https://blog.monarkgolf.com/really-cool-christmas-gift-ideas-for-golfers/

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review 2019-11-07 11:00
New Release Review! Need (Vampire Beloved #2)R.E. Butler!

 

 

There's been an explosion at the building site of the coven's new restaurant and a tiger shifter has been caught inside. The vampire, Cella is racing to find him or lose her only chance at love... I have to go visit Mishka's Coven to find out how everything turns out! Enjoy  and don't forget to add NEED the 2nd book in the Vampire Beloved series by R.E. Butler to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

 

Vampire Cella has been around for a few hundred years, and she’s never made a mistake quite as large as attempting to take a human male as her private food source. On the surface, Quaid was the right fit for her, but once he got settled it was clear the only reason he wanted to be with her was so she could turn him into a vampire. After kicking him to the curb, she wondered if she’ll ever be lucky enough to find her beloved mate, the one male on the planet meant for her.

 

Tiger shifter Cyrus Abrams hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to females, but he’s not given up hope. Somewhere out there is his truemate and their paths will cross eventually. When he’s tasked by his king to head up a construction crew at the vampire restaurant in downtown Cleveland, he sensed a presence that drives his cat wild. The source? A stunning blonde vampire with curves for days. He never expected his truemate to be a vampire, but he’s never needed anyone more.

 

The coven isn’t as safe as it used to be, thanks in part to a dangerous anti-vampire group known as The First Church of Humanity. They’ve been trying for years to get rid of the vampires in Mishka’s coven, and they’ll do anything to destroy every last one. When the restaurant is attacked while Cyrus is working, Cella races to find her beloved. Can she save him, or will her only chance at love turn to dust?

 

 

 

She’s a vampire that has been around for a few hundred years and she’s beginning to wonder if she’ll ever be lucky enough to find her beloved mate, the one male on the planet meant for her. He’s a tiger shifter who hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to females, but he has given up hope. When the coven’s restaurant is attacked while Cyrus is working, Cella races to save her beloved before her only chance at love turns to dust.

 

The newest ‘Vampire Beloved’ romance is one exhilarating, heart pounding read that enthralls readers from the very beginning. The coven continues to be targeted by the anti-vampire group, The First Church of Humanity and this time their attack threatens to destroy Cella’s world. Cella and Cyrus make a wonderful couple that has sizzling chemistry, though their relationship has a few issues, regarding paranormal bonds and ties which causes some emotional turmoil. 

 

The plot is faced paced and keeps readers in glued to the pages in suspense as they wonder if a tiger and a vampire can truly belong to one another. A new paranormal being emerges from the aftermath of a deadly explosion and adrenaline pumping excitement and surprising twists ensures that readers never experience a dull moment in this entertaining and astonishing romance.

 

 

 

 

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NEED is the 2nd book in the VAMPIRE BELOVED series.

 

 

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Want     *     Need

 

 

VAMPIRE BELOVED follows the Wiccan-Were-Bear series

 

 

~*~ Wiccan-Were-Bear Books featuring the Cleveland Coven ~*~

 

A CURVE OF CLAW (WWB#1) – Introduces Mishka (Coven leader) and Brone

 

A FLASH OF FANG (WWB#2) – Mishka

 

A SLASH OF SAVAGERY (WWB#8) – Brone & Arissa’s story

 

AWAKEN A WOLF (WWB#9) – Introduces Angie Beaumont, wolf shifter

 

A MUSE FOR MISKA (WWB#11) – Mishka & Harmony’s Story

 

 

 

 

WWB #3 - ACHE -  Soon

 

 

Were Zoo #8 - TAYME - November 25, 2019

 

 

 

 

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A midwesterner by birth, R.E. lives on the East Coast now, enjoying the seagulls and the ocean. When she's not writing, you'll find her curled up with her Kindle, playing with her kids, or jonesing for chocolate.

 

Author of five series, R.E. loves to explore the supernatural and dream about what might be if people really did get furry once a month.

 

 

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review 2019-10-31 10:55
New Release Review! Dante's Desire (New Immortals #2) Tia Didmon!

 

 

I am returning to the world of the New Immortals where PIA agent Jessica Johnson is being sent in to betray Dante Moretti and his entire race. Enjoy and don't forget to add DANTE'S DESIRE by Tia Didmon to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

 

She is the one woman who can save him. Will her betrayal be a fate worse than death?

 

Jessica Johnson is one of the best agents the Seattle PIA has to offer but her transfer to the L.A. office comes at a price. She’s been sent to betray them. When the destructive power of the PIA’s newest weapon is revealed she realizes too late, the true cost of her loyalty. She is the one woman who can save him. Will her betrayal be a fate worse than death?

 

Jessica Johnson is one of the best agents the Seattle PIA has to offer but her transfer to the L.A. office comes at a price. She’s been sent to betray them. When the destructive power of the PIA’s newest weapon is revealed she realizes too late, the true cost of her loyalty.

 

Dante Moretti has spent centuries without emotion. He had accepted his death as inevitable until Jessica walked through his door. With her dormant powers emerging and an ancient enemy threatening his entire race, he has to convince her that nothing will stop him from claiming her. Not even the secret that ripped her family apart.

 

 

Enjoy the next installment in the bestselling New Immortals series - Intended For Mature Audiences (18+ Only). 

 

 

 

As a PIA Agent, Jessica Johnson is being transferred to the LA office, but she’s being sent in to betray them and when the destructive power of the PIA’s newest weapon is revealed she realizes too late, the true cost of her loyalty. He has spent centuries without emotions and had accepted his death as inevitable until Jessica walked through his door. Dante has to convince that nothing will stop him from claiming her…not even the secret that ripped her family apart.

 

The ‘New Immortal’ world continues to intrigue and satisfy readers with this second installment. The chemistry between Dante and Jessica is fiery with lots of flying sparks but the relationship is on a way trip to no man’s land as Jessica’s secret threatens to destroy their entire world, which keeps emotions rolling with lots of angst throughout the story. As with the first story, all the characters are strong and engaging ensuring that readers want to know everyone’s story and this second book introduces some new characters and some new elements, giving readers more to look forward to.

 

The plot is fast paced and full of thrilling suspense and adrenaline pumping excitement as Jessica investigates a series of crimes that will lead her to a betrayal and the realization of just what her loyalties will cost her. Some surprising twists adds spice and keeps readers guessing and the fascinating world ensures that they keep their eyes glued to the pages until the very end.

 

 

 

 

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DANTE'S DESIRE is the 2nd book in the NEW IMMORTALS series.

 

 

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Cascade Cougars #5 - COUGAR'S CHRISTMAS - December 1, 2019

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in print, ebook & KU

 

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Tia Didmon writes exotic paranormal romance and is happily married with three kids and one fur baby. While she calls Vancouver Island, Canada home. She loves to travel and can usually find a zipline along the way. She loves to connect with her readers as well as share her favorite meme’s. You can check those out on her Facebook page or Instagram. Be sure to follow her on Author Central.

 

 

 

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review 2019-08-23 10:55
Book Tour & Giveaway with 4 Star Reviews! My Blood Runs Blue Series by Stacy Eaton!

 

 

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TGIF Readers! Today, I am visiting Fawn Hollow and Officer Kristin Greene whose a True Blue Blood! Enjoy and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

 

 

 

 

~ My Blood Runs Blue~

My Blood Runs Blue Book 1

by Stacy Eaton

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

*** International Best Seller ***

 

♥Five Star♥ Review from Readers Favorite

 

“I’m still a cop, and my blood runs blue.” Officer Kristin Greene has always felt that something was missing from her life. Even though her job with the Fawn Hollow Township Police Department keeps her busy, she continues to feel as if there is something else out there she is meant to be doing. Kristin finds herself investigating a homicide where a young woman has had her throat ripped brutally out. As she begins to dig for the answers, she finds herself thrown into a world she never knew existed. When Julian and Alexander crash into her life, she finds herself being pulled into a love triangle that has been going on longer than she has been alive. Kristin in determine to figure out who they are and why they keep calling her Calista. Join Kristin as she fights to learn the truth about the recent murder, the two seductive men who have entered into her life and the real truth about herself in a suspenseful tale that weaves paranormal into to the realistic world of law enforcement.

 

 

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~The Pulse of Blue Blood~

My Blood Runs Blue Book 2

 

The Pulse of Blue Blood is a short story that should be read AFTER My Blood Runs Blue. This story of 17K words is the back story to Kristin & Calista. Reading this story before reading My Blood Runs Blue will spoil many plot points. 

 

 

My Blood Runs Blue Series is an adult Paranormal Action/Romance Series and is intended for mature audiences. 

 

 

~Blue Blood for Life~

My Blood Runs Blue Book 3

 

→ 2012 Finalist - Reader's Favorite Awards ←

 

*** International Best Seller ***

 

Officer Kristin Greene is back for another suspenseful book packed with romance, mystery and intrigue. When Kristin goes back to work she’s happier then she’s been in a long time. Her new status in life has her solving crimes faster and better then she ever could before. She’s on top of the world, well for the most part. If she could just get him off the topic of finishing the transition, she’d be fine. When Alex goes missing, Kristin finds she finally has to reveal the secrets of her life to her friends. As the house fills up with people wanting to help, will Kristin be able to deal with the emotions that threaten to overwhelm her? Julian stands beside her faithfully as they try to locate Alex, but who is the strawberry blond woman who seems to appear at all the wrong times? What happens when Trent and Gabe enter the picture to help with the search? Will Trent be able to do as he’s told without falling for Kristin? Join us as we bring in a host of new characters to life in another suspenseful tale of romance and investigation

 

 

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~Mixing the Blue Blood~

My Blood Runs Blue Book 4

 

Officer Kristin Greene returns along with the rest of the characters you have grown to love. Only this time, it’s not just her life on the line. Now the entire breed’s existence is in danger. 

 

Olivia Newman has been Kristin’s best friend for years and loves the new life that Kristin is living. Her relationship with Gabriel is bittersweet, and she knows that because she is human, a future between them can never really last. 

 

Gabriel Montgomery takes his position in the Vampire Military Force seriously and never expected to have such intense feelings for a human woman. When Olivia is kidnapped, Gabe, Kristin, and the gang realize they have stumbled upon a human trafficking ring. Only this ring isn’t for sex. The leaders of this ring are hell-bent on destroying the breed. 

 

Can they rescue Olivia and save their future before old enemies return and destroy the breed? Find out in Mixing the Blue Blood. 

 

 

 

Even though her job with the Fawn Hollow Township police keeps her busy, Officer Kristin Greene has always felt that something was missing from her life. While investigation a homicide where a young woman’s throat was brutally ripped out, she’s thrown into a world she never knew existed and when Julian and Alexander crash into her life, she finds herself being pulled into a love triangle that been going on longer than she’s been alive.

 

The characters are quite strong, forceful and easily grab the readers’ attention from the get go and the chemistry that Kristin feels for both Julian and Alex sizzles with lots of heat that readers can practically feel singeing the pages but the love triangle relationship is quite complicated and messy which has lots of turbulent emotions flowing from the pages along with all the turmoil from other aspects of the book, like the discovery of the paranormal, the learning of a past Kirstin had new clue of and the investigation of a serial killer that has Kirstin in his sights.

 

The author has created a fascinating vampire world with her unique elements that make for refreshing change in this fast paced, engaging and suspenseful story. This story also flip flops between pov which can be a bit annoying but provides insight that proves essential to the characters and their emotions throughout this complex romance.  The plot thickens and the intrigue builds with twists and turns that keeps the readers glued to the pages and wanting to know more, please be prepared for the HFN as this story continues. 

 

 

 

This short story needs to be read after the first book and while is quite short it provides additional and pivotal information that gives insight into the whole Calista / Kristen life and the romance with Julian and Alexander which help understand her character better and why she feels the way she does about both of the men while ensuring that readers can fully understand and enjoy the following books.

 

 

 

Kristin is happier than she’s been in a long time and her new status in life has her solving crimes faster and better than she ever could before. Although, her life with Alex is having a bit of trouble due to her reluctance to complete the transition. Then her two worlds collide when Alex goes missing and she’s having to deal with the emotions that are threatening to overwhelm her. Her house is filling up with people who want to help her, a strawberry blond woman appears at all the wrong times and Trent and Gabe have entered the picture to help with the search. 

 

Kirsten’s life has become even more complicated with some stunning twists and turns that readers certainly don’t see coming. Secrets are revealed, bad guys seem to be abundant and while Alex missing, the other guys in her life seem determine to help her in a way that will either prove to be a great thing or prove to destroy her life with Alex. Emotions run high and are quite turbulent throughout this story and readers can’t help be become caught up in all the turmoil. This series definitely has to read in sequence to get the full understanding of what’s happening and to get the most enjoyment, but one thing is for certain, this fast paced plot never has a dull moment as the passions and chemistry explode and the danger escalates throughout this exhilarating and life altering story. 

 

 

 

 

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1 My Blood Runs Blue

2 The Pulse of Blue Blood

3 Blue Blood for Life

4 Mixing Blue Blood

 

 

 

My Blood Runs Blue #5 - Blue Bloods Final Destiny - 2020

 

 

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Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.

 

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy.

 

Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years. 

 

 

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