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review 2019-03-26 00:09
Firelight - Kristen Callihan

I enjoyed this book and really had a had time putting it down. I would have liked more about Miranda and her ability to summon fire. It said she was born with it, her sisters (Poppy and Daisy) are "normal." This book is definitely more about Archer and what happened to him. I was certainly curious about his disfigurement (burns? pox marks? bad ache scars? well, no.).
I did think that was slow moving at times. Both take time to learn to trust and withhold information.
The end was my favorite part.

Miranda was the one who saved the day. She kicked ass and took names.

(spoiler show)

Daisy and Poppy's books are next!

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review 2019-03-25 23:58
Ember (Darkest London, #0.5) - Kristen Callihan

I'm glad I went with the suggestion to read the prologue in Firelight before reading this. The prologue of Firelight is referenced in this (Miranda and Archer meeting). Having made a lasting first impression on each other, they go their separate ways. Archer trying to find a cure for his affliction. Miranda stealing per her father's directive. 
Miranda's father is as asshole. I thought the difference in timelines distracting (they are off by 2 years- Archer's taking place 2 years later). It was sad what Martin did, but was a really a favor since he was only focuses on Miranda's looks and not on her as a person.

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text 2019-02-06 21:03
Nicht mein Fall
Idol - Gib mir die Welt (VIP-Reihe 1) - ... Idol - Gib mir die Welt (VIP-Reihe 1) - Kristen Callihan,Anika Klüver

Libby Bell ärgert sich über ihren neuen Nachbarn. Killian bringt ihr bisher ruhiges Leben durcheinander. Eigentlich wollte Libby nur ihr Herz vor Typen wie Killian schützen, aber das ist leider nicht so einfach, denn er ist etwas besonders. Bald findet sie heraus, wie besonders Kilian ist, denn er ist nicht nur ihr gut aussehender Nachbar, sondern auch der Leadsänger und Gitarrist einer der erfolgreichsten Rockbands der Welt.

Das Cover hat mich nicht angesprochen. Es ist nicht mein Stil und auch nicht in meinen Farben. Der Gitarrist ist das Beste am Ganzen.

Der Anfang des Buches war vielversprechend. Zwischen Libby und Kilian flogen die Funken und der Humor kam ebenfalls nicht zu kurz. Es war schön und auch sehr intim mitzuerleben, wie die Beiden Gefühle füreinander entwickeln und sich kennen lernen.
Irgendwann muss Killian zurück auf die Bühne und da fing die Geschichte für mich zu schwächeln an. Ich kann nicht genau sagen, was mich so störte, war es Libbys Problem mit ihrer Karriere? Ich weiß es nicht.
Die Probleme der Beiden sind auch nicht glaubhaft.

Obwohl mir der Schreibstil gut gefällt und sich angenehm lesen lässt, ließ für mich die Geschichte ab der Mitte stark nach. Man lernt viele Charakter kennen von denen ich einfach gerne mehr gehabt hätte. Einige Entwicklungen passen auch nicht zu den Charakteren die man eigentlich bisher kennen gelernt hat.
Neben den Schwächen und Längen hat dieses Buch auch seine guten Momente, aber leider ist es kein Buch das hängen bleibt.

Keine Leseempfehlung.

Ich habe das Buch von NetGalley bereitgestellt bekommen und bedanke mich herzlich dafür.

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text 2018-10-31 22:20
October Re-Cap
Alice - Christina Henry
Evertrue - Brodi Ashton
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen
Winterblaze - Kristen Callihan
Archangel's Consort - Nalini Singh
Wayward - Blake Crouch
Pack - Mike Bockoven
The Last Town - Blake Crouch
When We Caught Fire - Anna Godbersen
I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga


Happy Halloween, sitting here...and not getting a single trick or treater, we never have since I lived here (busy road). 


I finished fewer books this month than I have with previous months, but I didn't too bad with 13.  I also managed to pull off a black-out on Halloween Bingo.  So yay me.  Again, most of my read books are technically Audiobooks, so hey, what can I say?  I really like them.  I had some decent books for the month, but I'm still feeling disappointed by The Darkest Star...I was really excited about it when I got approved for it on Netgalley.





(Audiobook) Alice by Christina Henry

Finish Date:  10/01/18



(Audiobook) Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Finish Date:  10/04



(Netgalley eARC) An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Finish Date:  10/08



(Audiobook) Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Finish Date:  10/09



(Audiobook) Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Finish Date:  10/11



(Audiobook) Wayward by Blake Crouch

Finish Date:  10/13



(Audiobook) Pack by Mike Bockoven

Finish Date:  10/15



(Audiobook) The Last Town by Blake Crouch

Finish Date:  10/16



(Audiobook) When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

Finish Date:  10/19



(Audiobook) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Finish Date:  10/22



(Audiobook) Seeds of Iniquity by JA Redmerski

Finish Date:  10/23



(Netgalley eARC) The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  10/27



(Audiobook) Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Finish Date:  10/29



11 Audiobooks and 2 eARC's and I also, unfortunately, had one DNF...




My choice for the best cover of the month is...a tie between these two covers:









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review 2018-10-12 00:20
Another delightful edition to the Darkest London Series...
Winterblaze (Darkest London) - Kristen Callihan




Kristen Callihan



Once blissfully in love...


Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections...


Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test...


Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.






I liked this so much more on Audio…with it, the slow sections are so much easier to get through.  I've previously read this series in eBook format, and I've struggled through the first two books. But now that I've found the audio version on Scribd...this has become a much more enjoyable read/listen.  Once you get to the meat of the story, it really is quite awesome…even for paranormal (just to clarify, I haven't been feeling the paranormal stories lately).  The dark, historic London paired with Kristen Callihan's superb writing makes the paranormal aspects, and let's not forget the sizzling sex scenes either, come to life.











Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 3.7/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ to be continued...


Book Cover~ I like the newer one better…

Narration~ ☆4☆ for Moira Quirk, she was excellent, but this could have been top-notch with the addition of a male narrator.

Series~ Darkest London

Setting~ London

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)




I used this for Darkest London Square in Halloween Bingo 2018


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