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review 2018-03-03 11:27
Strong start, but decline into sapiness
Rhapsodic - Laura Thalassa

This had a promising start, although the "superpower" of being totally attractive didn't really flash me.

It was too much a "girl power" - even with the compulsion thrown in.


The first half was a decent read mostly - I found the token bad ass BFF to remain unfortuantely quite pale, more a plot tool than character.


The too beautiful male protag was too good, too torn, too powerful, too everything.


The second half was soulmatey lovey dovey and the whole mystery part was not really interesting. I assume it was more a stage setting for the sequel, but I lost all interest already, so no fairy land for me.

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text 2018-03-01 23:54
February Recap
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby
Rhapsodic - Laura Thalassa
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel
Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land
White Bodies: An Addictive Psychological Thriller - Jane Robins
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter
Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar
Twelve: The Naturals E-novella (Naturals, The) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

A sorta slow reading month for me...but I've had a lot going on, and I'm going on Vacation in 6 days.  After I get back from vacation I'm only working 5 more days and I'm having surgery on my foot.  That means at least 8 weeks off work and lots of down time...so, translation...lots of reading time.





(Audiobook) UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

Finish Date:  02/04



(Audiobook) Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Finish Date:  02/07



(Kindle eBook) Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Finish Date:  02/10

☆4.3☆ STARS - GRADE=A-


(Reread on Audio) Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Finish Date:  02/10



(Audiobook) Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Finish Date:  02/16

☆2.5☆ STARS - GRADE=D+


(Audiobook) White Bodies by Jane Robins

Finish Date:  02/21

☆2.7☆ STARS - GRADE=C-


(Audiobook) Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Finish Date:  02/24



(eBook) Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Finish Date:  02/24



(Kindle eBook) Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  02/27

☆4.3☆ STARS - GRADE=A-


9 Books Total, 6 (1 a reread/listen) Audiobooks,  & 3 eBooks

2,825 Total Pages (including Audios)


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review 2018-02-16 21:24
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for this first installment of "The Bargainer" Series.
Rhapsodic - Laura Thalassa





Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear. 

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want … at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. 

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first, it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more. 

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. 

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.






If I was still really into paranormal romance, I would have really loved this, but lately, I haven't been feeling this genre.  That being said, this is still a remarkable start to an imaginative series.  Mostly well written (despite the lack of a decent proofreader) with genuinely likable and kick-ass characters.  The romance is not only sweet but hot AF too. 


If you're into paranormal/urban fantasy with adult themes and like adeptly penned, witty banter that draws you in; then you should give this little-known author a chance.









Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4.2/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"


Book Cover~ Not all that great, I mean, in the story they say the wings are beautiful, but this wing is…well, it looks like a sad Halloween costume.

Setting~  California and the Otherworld

Series~ The Bargainer #1

Source~  I own a Kindle eBook



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review 2017-01-01 00:00
Blood and Sin
Blood and Sin - Laura Thalassa,Dan Rix Blood and Sin - Laura Thalassa,Dan Rix Sara's 5 Star Reviews
A very dark read

This story I wasn't so sure about as I started. The storyline was hard to follow as I felt I came into it half finished at the beginning.

The more I read, the more the story evolved. This is a dark story of genocide, deceit, anger, revenge, love and ultimate betrayal.

There is a moral to this story threaded through just underneath the tale.
It is a story that makes you think and ask questions you might not want answers to.

I am intrigued enough to want to continue reading this series.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2016-12-19 19:11
Great story
The Queen of All that Dies - Laura Thalassa

I'm not sure this is a young adult book, but it's very good.

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