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review 2018-12-18 13:20
Athena's Champion
Athena's Champion - Cath Mayo,David Hair

by David Hair & Cath Mayo

 

First book in the Olympus Trilogy.

 

This is written in present tense. I can see why in the first chapter. It gives it an ethereal, mystical past feeling and as it follows some known mythology, it could have made a good start to the story if it hadn't carried on in present tense throughout.

 

As that's what it did, it reads rather slow. The story itself is interesting so I persevered, but by 18% it was becoming a real chore.

 

I'm not sure how closely it follows the actual mythology as I'm not that familiar with the Greek stories, but my impression is that it's pretty close. The plot and action are good and I liked the main character. My only problem is that it dragged terribly and could have been a really good read if it had been written properly in past tense. Why is this a thing? No Classics, NONE, are written totally in past tense!

 

The writing itself was very good. The authors are obviously able to write well. I just hope they progress from using present tense. Unfortunately I'll never know because once stung with this, I never go back to the author again.

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review 2018-12-18 11:00
Release Day Review! Midnight Bite by Cynthia Eden!

 

Today is release day for Cynthia Eden's newest paranormal romance - Midnight Bite & I have a spotlight and 5 Star review for you to enjoy!

 

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A kiss on New Year's Eve is supposed to be lucky...but a vampire bite? That's not exactly something a woman dreams of getting. And when Lark Kinsley gets bit, all bets are off. She stakes her date, runs into the night, and tries to put the whole nightmare behind her.

 

Only she can't.

 

Because she immediately runs into trouble—trouble in the form of a tall, dark, and deadly sexy vampire prince named Devereaux. He claims that he's there to help her, but she's not buying his story. The guy is no Prince Charming. After all, Prince Charming isn't supposed to come with fangs and an appetite for blood. But Devereaux says that he's been waiting centuries for her. That she is meant to rule with him. Obviously, he's wrong. And possibly insane. She's not meant to be the queen of the vamps. No matter what Devereaux says.

 

But he's not the only one after her. Paranormal monsters are coming out of the woodwork. And the bite that she got? It's making her feel strange. Hungry. Her self-control is shredding, and Lark knows she's changing. She just doesn't know what she'll become.

 

The new year won't go out with a bang...it will end with a bite.

Author’s note: Hey paranormal romance fans! MIDNIGHT BITE is a sexy vamp novella—expect danger, expect hot times, and expect naughty language as you ring in the new year. Let’s celebrate with some undead style!

 

 

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Midnight Bite is the perfect blend in a quick story, it has lots of hot passion, sizzling romance, and edge of your seat danger. The characters are strong and convincing which really pulls readers into their story and this fast paced plot takes over from there and holds them hostage. The romance may be fast paced but it is feisty and hot as the characters struggle with secrets, plots and manipulations while their sizzling attractions and emotions keeps their interactions quite tense. With an intriguing plot, secrets being revealed and surprising twist keeping the characters in turmoil, readers find that they have to read every last page of this thrilling holiday story.

 


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Author's Book Page - https://cynthiaeden.com/books/midnight-bite/

 

 

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42584045-midnight-bite

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/midnight-bite-by-cynthia-eden

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1030649

 

https://www.romance.io/books/5c15f97f01dbc864fb9626c2/midnight-bite-cynthia-eden

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/midnight-bite-cynthia-eden/book,13993758

 

 

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AVAILABLE in ebook

 

Amazon - http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07JZGVBMX/cynthiaeden-20

 

B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/?ean=2940161717615

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=yU91DwAAQBAJ&PAffiliateID=1011lnXQ&pcamrefid=cynthiaeden-20

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1440485964?mt=11&uo=6&at=1l3vpNn

 

Kobo - http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=9781942840510

 


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Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award . Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over eighty novels and novellas.

 

Cynthia is a “hybrid” author. She has published extensively with New York (her New York publishers include Avon, Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin), and she has also enjoyed success in her indie writing career.

 

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

 

 

 

Website - http://www.cynthiaeden.com/

 

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiaeden

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cynthia-eden

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/cynthiaedenfanpage

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/cynthiaeden

 

InstaGram - http://www.instagram.com/cynthiaedenauthor/

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/cynthiaeden/

 

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Thanks for Visiting, today! I hope you discovered a hot vampire treasure for your shelves!

 

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text 2018-12-17 23:21
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
Hollow Kingdom - Kira Jane Buxton

And so it begins, a new...... can't tell you

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review 2018-12-17 19:30
[REVIEW] Crown Anthology, edited by Analog de Leon & Gabriel Sage
Crown Anthology - Analog De Leon

I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Do not reduce yourself
to anything less than
who you are meant to be,
so that your heart will not engulf people
who are not meant to survive 
within its vastness."
(pg. 105)



This anthology is definitely a mixed bag. Some of the poems resonate with me, some feel hollow, some aren’t very well written and others are a big wtf. The good thing is most of them seem short and the collection is remarkably easy to read through. The foreword by Tyler Knott Gregson was eye-roll worthy. A bit trite, to be honest. But then again I’ve never connected with his poetry. I feel as if some of the poems were trying too hard to be inspirational, while others rang truer to me. Of course, this is very personal and not everyone responds the same. I just expected to feel more and not less.
 

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review 2018-12-17 04:28
The Philosopher's Flight
The Philosopher's Flight - Tom Miller

Ok, I admit, I look for opportunities to relive the excitement of reading that first Harry Potter book, and I was already a grownup when I read it. This title seems deliberately designed to evoke that image, so yes, I wanted to love it before I read the first page. And, I did love it, for the most part. The premise is terrific, especially since, unlike Potter's world, even I could master Sigilry if I just put enough effort into it. Yay, I can fly, finally! Miller gives us an alternative history, one where magic (empirical philosophy) is used to fight wars, and to get us places in a hurry. I enjoyed most of the characters, but because there was so much groundwork to cover, I didn't feel like they were developed thoroughly enough. Many were described in broad strokes and Miller left you to fill in their stereotypical traits. I remember when Harry Potter came out and some people disparaged it, saying that Rowling just described English boarding school in clever terms for people who knew nothing about it; I felt a little like that reading this book, as Miller tries to parallel US history and current events, rather than create an entirely new world. I will say that I am wary these days when a "women can do anything" idea is taken to such an extreme that it seems incredible (note the genre, fantasy), and even heavy-handed. Trying not to end the year on a cynical note, but all of this reverse engineering of reality seems a bit like pandering to me. There are some very clever concepts here, so I wouldn't count this series out. I'll be interested to see what's planned for the next installment.

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