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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-13 06:17
Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles – March Edition


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on March 12, 2018.






The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

Find my review here







Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Review here




Coraline by Neil Gaiman

 My review





Dune by Frank Herbert

FirstSecondThird, and Fourth parts.





All Flesh Is Grass by Clifford D. Simak

The review







The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters

I love reading books by this author because they portray human interaction in all its forms. They bring out what most of us would prefer that it remained hidden the darkest corners of her hearts. The stories show how people are capable of kindness in the unlikeliest of situations. But they also show what we’d do when we think no one is watching. With issues like the mistreatment of transgenderschild rape, and oppression of women, these stories hit you like a sledgehammer. You realize there is nothing fictional about her fiction. This story is no different. It deals with the fragmentation of a person’s psyche after returning home from a war. War breaks something inside you, no matter which side you are on.







Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Really fun book!





The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

I don’t remember much about this one but the fact that it makes fun of everything that has become cliché in epic fantasy.








Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Sedaris books are funny af.







How Gods Bleed by Shane Porteous

An old review:


Loved this book!
the book is about people belonging to a city that is the first line of defense for humans. If the werewolves ever tried to take over the human empire, this would be where the first battle would take place. Naturally, the people living in such a place have to be extraordinary-always alert and ready to defend. Add to that a king who would do anything to ensure his people’s survival and warriors who worship him. Could it be more awesome?Yes, it can. The king not only wants to win every war, he also plans to make the werewolves fear him and his warriors. The tricks and maneuvers that the king uses to instill fear in the werewolves are just.. wow! Then there is Cada Varl- the coolest immortal you’ll ever read about. He’s the best and yet he never gloats but just goes on being his rockin’ self! And of course, the 6 Helluvan warriors (poor 7th best warrior) were just that..one helluva adventure!





Zombie Killa by Jason Z. Christie

I got this book for free from Making Connections to read and review:
I started the book and almost gave up right then. Not only did it start slow-but then Shaun of the Dead did too-it also had a lot of jargon and big nerdy words that I couldn’t get at all. And the first mention of Router wasn’t all that, either. Then the book picked up its pace and proved me wrong. Zombies, Pirates, Ninjas, Nerds, Smart-mouthed women..the story had everything! And it was exactly the right length. The humor was just my type and despite some (okay, many) references that I didn’t get, I loved it! Zombie fans, you just can’t miss this one!

Oh, I almost forgot “F**k you, High-C!”

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review 2018-02-21 03:36
An Amusing Crank Sounds Off
Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers - Walters, Rod A.

Edmund Kean (1787 - 1833) -- or someone else, it's unclear -- said "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." Stand-ups, actors, and writers alike will testify to at least the latter. The downside is that those that do the hard work, those that are good at comedy make it look easy. Too often it seems that people (professional and amateur alike) go for the easy approach, and it's never a good idea.


There's also no accounting for taste.


I'll accept either as the explanation for why this book left me underwhelmed.


Walters assumes a curmudgeonly tone, calling himself a misanthrope and taking shots at the foibles of the culture around him. The younger set is a particularly favorite target. Too often his pieces come across as angry Facebook rants, written by someone who spouts off against social media. Still, his points are occasionally clever and his jokes show promise. If he'd subject each of these two a few more revision passes, I could imagine myself enjoying many of these.


I'd strongly encourage reading this in small bursts -- the essays don't build on each other, there's some references between the two, but nothing you won't remember even after a few days. I wouldn't do more than one or two in a sitting or Walters' charm will wear thin.


Walters says that he wrote to make Dave Barry and Ben Stein laugh. If he'd invoked Andy Rooney, I might have agreed with him. I didn't dislike the book, but I sure didn't like it. Walters was frequently amusing -- and I have no trouble thinking that many would find him funny. But not me. At least not without a few more drafts.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and participation in this book tour.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/02/20/golden-gremlin-by-rod-a-walters
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review 2018-01-29 17:57
Release Day ARC Review: Drakon’s Past (Blood of the Drakon #4) by N.J. Walters ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
Drakon's Past - N.J. Walters
Drakon's Past

Blood of the Drakon #4
N.J. Walters
Paranormal Romance
Entangled Publishing, LLC
January 29th 2018
ARC Review Copy


Constance Owens has a gift for finding unique items in the most unlikely places, which comes in handy since she buys and sells artifacts and antiques for a living. When she purchases a set of four dragon statues, she has no idea just how unique they are, or that finding them will thrust her into a world of secret societies, men who think nothing of kidnapping and murder to get what they want, and dragon shifters.


Nic hasn’t survived for four thousand years by letting his guard down, and he doesn’t trust anyone except his drakon brothers. The loneliness haunting him has been getting worse since all his brothers have found their mates. And when he finds the woman his drakon recognizes instantly as his fated mate, he doubts he’ll ever have what his brothers have, because it seems she’s involved with the secret society of hunters who have been hunting and capturing his kind for hundreds of years.






Barnes & Noble



Intrigue. Betrayal. Action-packed.


Drakon’s Past is book four in the Blood of the Drakon series by N.J. Walters.


Nic, I liked him. He’s thinking about the eternal sleep and has lost interest in the world. If you have kept up with the series then you know that Nic has a very sad past and believes he was abound by the one person who is supposed to love and protect him unconditional. He’s not in a good place when Constance shows up in his life.


Constance has a gift for find unique artifacts that people leave behind. She’s also protective of her sister, her only family left, and will do anything to keep her safe.


The romance between Nic and Constance is ok. They both are attracted to each other at first meeting, but theirs too much at stack to give into that attraction. Even by the end I felt they still had things to work on before their is true love.


One of the things I really like about this series is that the women who are mates to the Drakon all have some kind of unique ability. It’s captivating to learn about these abilities.


As for the storyline it moves forward, but not by much. We do learn a bit about the Dragon Guard and get the sense their maybe more information still to come. Their’s bad guys, magic, action and mating. What I loved most about this one was the surprise we get about Nic’s past. What he thought was true, wasn’t and this knowledge sets him free and brings someone new into his life; besides Constance.


I’m curious to see where this series goes from here. Will we meet more dragon’s? More bothers fighting back against the Knights of the Dragon? Who’s in the Dragon Guard? Lots of questions and possibilities.


Drakon’s Past was another astonishing and delightful read.


Rated: 4 Stars


Check out my other reviews in the Blood of the Drakon series:
Drakon’s Promise – 3.5 Stars
Drakon’s Prey – 4 Stars
Drakon’s Plunder – 3 Stars










Nic wished this situation had ended differently. He wished he’d been able to rescue Constance’s sister. He wanted to be her hero.

Which was stupid. He was nobody’s hero. All he needed to do was get those statues from her. He could take them and walk away, let her deal with the fallout with Dent.

But that would make him no different from the Knights. He’d also never be able to look at himself in the mirror ever again. His dragon might revolt if he tried. The creature was as fascinated with Constance as the human part of him was. There was something about her that drew him on a deep, emotional level, that called to his very soul.

She looked fragile and beaten, but he knew it to be a lie. The woman had a core of steel. Most people would have faltered and crumbled in the face of such adversity.

Not Constance.

Even as he watched her, she slowly straightened her spine and squared her shoulders. “You’re right. Dent will call again. After all, I still have the statues.”

“We still have the statues,” he corrected her. “I’m in this with you.” He put his arm around her and moved her into the shadows toward the door.

She stopped and peered up at him. He knew she wouldn’t be able to see him clearly in the dim light, but he could see her. He wished she hadn’t told Dent his name, but it had only been a matter of time until the Knights discovered his identity. He’d blown any chance he might have had of staying under the radar when he’d gone to visit Constance this morning. He hadn’t known she was being watched. Not that it would have made much difference. He had to have those statues, had to keep them out of the hands of the Knights.

“You get my sister back, and the statues are yours,” she promised.

He growled and leaned down until their noses were almost touching. “I’m not doing this for the damn statues.” And it was true. As important as the statues were, they’d become secondary. The only thing that mattered was protecting Constance and her sister. His dragon rumbled his agreement inside him. Both sides of himself were in accord.

“Then why are you doing it?” He heard the confusion in her voice. It made him crazy that she didn’t already know, didn’t understand that he’d do anything for her.

This was insane. Dangerous. He should walk away from her and the statues. He could disappear and not surface for years.

“I’m doing it for you,” he told her. Then he kissed her.



Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.


One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first romance novel and life would never be the same.


N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-12-31 07:41
good book and characters
Drakon's Prey (Blood of the Drakon) - N.J. Walters

Karina is the leader of the Knights Of dragons - a human organization that captures Drakons, If a human drinks the blood of s drskon it helps them to stay young and heal any illnesses or injuries. The only Drakon known of at this time is Darius and the Knights were using all the resources available to them to find him. A Drakon had a human mother and a dragon shifter father,  Valeriya is Karina’s sister but she had been raised mainly by kindly grandparents and wanted nothing to do with The Knights of Dragons. Valeriya writes and illustrates children’s  books with the main character is a magical dragon.  Valeriya feels if she could do one good thing against the Knights she would be happy. Valeriya wants to warn Darius that the Knights were looking for him. Valeriya goes in her sister Karina’s office and gets an address to a cabin in the woods. Valeriya goes there but what she doesn't know is that beneath the cabin Darius’s  younger brother Torrent has his underground lair. Torrent has lived over four thousand years. Torrent has high security above ground and he seen Valeriya long before she came to the cabin. Torrent didn’t know if she was a danger or what she wanted. Torrent has made a fortune and runs it but computers. Drakons are solitary by nature. His beast wants the women and his human side wants answers. The only way to get answers was to take Valeriya and kidnap her so Torrent can question her. Torrent didn’t trust easy but he didn’t believe that this woman meant him or his brothers any harm. Then Torrent slowly let his guard down and Valeriya was falling for Torrent. But Karina was not taking Valeriya disappearance lightly.

I liked this book. I do wish there had been more action. I do advise you to read the first book in this series first as it helps you to pull everything together. I love Torrent and Valeriya together. I didn’t really care for Karina and felt she would sacrifice her sister if she had to if it helped the knights. This book contained: The Knights Of dragons, Drakons, an ancient war, suspense, danger , intrigue  hot romance, kidnapping and alot more. This did drag for me a little at times. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2017-12-14 10:00
New Release Review! Endless Chase (Dalakis Passion #5) by N.J. Walters
Endless Chase - N.J. Walters



The final book in the sizzling Dalakis Passion vampire romance series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author N. J. Walters! 

Since the night her parents were brutally murdered, Katya Markova has been driven by a dark quest for vengeance. When her search for the killers leads her to the heart of Transylvania and the ancestral home of the Dalakis, she hopes to finally take her revenge and put her horrific memories and the souls of her parents to rest. Then she meets the mesmerizing Chase Deveraux, and his intensely passionate touch threatens to weaken her resolve as she surrenders to his sensual promise. 

With his life in disarray, Chase has retreated to the remote castle of the Dalakis clan to sort things out in isolation, but instead is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious Katya. Instantly spellbound by her tough warrior exterior and compelling beauty, Chase finds that Katya captivates him like no other woman has before—until he learns of her dark intent and is torn between his own needs and those of his family. 

Because Katya is enmeshed in a world of lies and deceptions, and has brought that world to the Dalakis doorstep. As their unquenchable passion spirals to incredible sensual heights, Chase and Katya will be forced to make a choice, one that could destroy the Dalakis clan for all time or unite the desperate young lovers for eternity . . . 


This is a revised edition of a previous published book.




Endless Chase captures reader’s attention right from the start and refuses to let go. The wonderful characters are not only realistic but can be easily related to which draws readers into the story and makes it seem like they are part of all the suspense and romance.  Chase and Katya have super chemistry and readers can feel the sizzling heat of their volcanic attraction but their romance has quite a few stumbling blocks that hold them back from giving their hearts to each other which keeps the emotional turbulence from personal issues just as suspense building as the danger they face the enemy.


Thrills and suspense builds as the truth comes to light and enemies make their moves and as the danger increases, Chase and Katya face life altering decisions that make facing bad guys seem easy. The reader becomes so caught up in the story that they can’t stop turning the pages to see what happens next or at least I sure couldn’t because Chase and Katya’s story is one adrenaline pumping, heart stopping book that makes for a super finale to the Dalakis Passion series.


N.J. Walters brought another great story to life with well written words and fabulous characters. The Dalakis Passion series if a brilliant and vivid vampire world with a few unique twist that makes it a true delight to read and Endless Chase is an electrifying conclusion that took my breath away.




Endless Chase is the 5th & final book in the Dalakis Passion series!


Endless Chase is available in ebook at:

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N.J. Walters can be found at:

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