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review 2018-10-19 09:27
REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Du Lac Prophecy (The Du Lac Chronicles #4) by Mary Anne Yarde
The Du Lac Prophecy (The Du Lac Chronicles #4) - Mary Anne Yarde

The Du Lac Prophecy is the fourth book in The Du Lac Chronicles, and we return to Merton, now known as Galahad, and Amandine - following her daring rescue from under the nose of Mordred and the Archbishop of Rome.

The first few pages of this book are brutal and heartbreaking. There is so much sorrow and horror, I was immediately emotional and completely immersed within the story, and the characters' lives. The thing is, the thing that makes Mary Anne Yarde an outstanding storyteller is the fact that some of the emotion comes from a pair of horses!

This IS book four, and it would certainly help if you have read the previous books, just so you get the full appreciation of the other characters strengths and foibles. This is also quite involved, so it would help to have the background on what is going on.

I am happy to report Tegan once again plays a part in this story, with her becoming a more important character than previously recognised. I can't wait to see where this particular thread is going, and how it will be woven within the main story tapestry.

Arthur and his knights have held a fascination for me from a very young age, and I have always wanted to write their story. Alas and Alack! I am unable to do that, but instead I have the greatest pleasure to lose myself in their story as told by this amazing author.

As a final, technical note, I am happy to say there were no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow. The pacing is smooth, and the story, even with so many different threads, still manages to keep the reader involved, and not confused. I would definitely recommend reading this series in order. I can guarantee you won't be disappointed. Absolutely and utterly recommended.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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review 2018-10-15 11:00
Blog Tour with Excerpt, Giveaway & Review! Bad Blood (Bad Duology #1) Shyla Colt!

 

 

Bad Blood
Bad Duology
Book One
Shyla Colt
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: 9/28
ASIN: B07G6TPBZ4
Number of pages: 230
Word Count: 53,317
Cover Artist: Dreams 2 Media

Tagline: He saved her life, and stole her Freedom

 

 

Book Description:

 

A reluctant knight

 

A magical descendant

 

A race against time

 

A freak accident thrusts Nakeeta Alva into a dangerous world of secrets, ancient spells, and a legacy she never wanted. The last in a magical line, she’s tasked with restoring the balance to a supernatural world poised for ruin.

 

Tasked with the care of their savior, Crewe’s main focus is survival. Used to giving orders, the knight isn’t prepared for the sassy witch’s mouth or her lure. The powerful woman reminded him of his humanity and challenged his beliefs.

Keeping her safe is his mission, but the real danger may be losing his heart.

Together, they will save the world … or die trying.

 

 

The first book in the Bad duology is a thrilling supernatural read. Keeta and Crewe easily draw readers into their story where readers find themselves engrossed in a fast paced plot that is full of intriguing elements and a world that is different from most other books.

 

The romance is full of suspense, action and passion as Crewe sets out to train Keeta for the part she plays in a prophecy to restore balance to the new world that she has been thrust into. The attraction that they try to deny steadily grows the more connected they become but both are a bit unsure where it will lead which keeps the emotional turmoil high as it piles onto the danger they face, the secrets that are revealed and a legacy that Keeta never wanted. There is never a dull moment to be found throughout the story as it starts off with adrenaline filled event and continues with lots of action and suspenseful events as their enemies try to stop them and betrayals and surprises keep the couple on their toes. The story concludes with a very exhilarating battle but readers should know that it doesn’t end there as the battle will continue in the next book where the characters set off to find the others that involved in the restoring the balance and I am looking forward to finding out what happens next.

 

 


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The crack of thunder, proceeded by a bright flash of lighting, drew her attention from the words that swam on the yellowed pages in front of her. Her skin prickled. Hairs begin to rise, and she shifted in her seat. “This storm is wrong.” She whispered. There was power building up behind the weather or perhaps causing it.

 

She stood and walked from the table, pressing her nose to the cold glass like a child. “Who knows we’re here?” Nervous energy added to her anxiety. Clouds raced over the sky, blocking out the full moon. A slash of lighting exploded, turning the clouds an eerie neon green. Swirling fog crept over the grounds.

 

“Wrong in what way?” Crewe joined her to watch the abnormal display.

 

“It’s unnatural? Can’t you feel it?” She opened their link, letting her emotions bleed into his.

 

He tensed. “Are we under attack?”

 

“I’m not sure.” The words felt like a lie. People didn’t work this kind of magic for shits and giggles.

 

“I’m not taking a chance. Let’s get to a more secure location.”

 

She smiled sadly. “There’s no place you can hide from magic. It’s specific like that. Standing your ground, and hoping you have enough magic to equal or overpower the other person is all you have. Focus. This is no novice.” Lighting struck the ground close to the castle. She twitched. It struck again closer, turning up the ground. A wind tunnel began to form. The base as dark as night.

 

“They’re calling me out.”

 

“Who?”

 

The evil feeling of black magic crawled up her spine. She knew the signature well.

“Genevieve. The Priestess.”

 

“Can you defeat her?”

 

“Before? No. Now.” She shrugged. “It’s hard to say. Why are you looking for me?”

 

“She must know who you truly are.”

 

“If she did. She never would’ve let me go.” She rubbed her arms to counter the chill setting in.

 

“How did you escape her the first time?”

 

She bowed her head. “I found a suitable replacement. I seduced a witch with latent powers, gave her a place to belong, and showed her all the pretty things that came along with the coven. Once, she was hooked, I was freed.” Her throat swelled. “I’m not proud of what I did—.”

 

“But we all do what we must to survive.”

 

Saline blurred her vision as she nodded. A boom went off directly above the house. The rumble seemed to shake the ground.

 

“She won’t stop.”

 

“You can’t mean to go out there.”

 

“I have to.” Her gut pulled her toward the front door. She turned, and the hem of her deep pink dress skimmed her toes. Better to remain barefoot, so she could tap into the earth's energy. Unlike tears before, she felt no fear. Calm descended over her as she made the long trek through the castle at a leisurely pace. Let her wait.

She no longer owns you. The voice inside enhanced her confidence and helped snap the lingering chains that held her tight to the way things once were. Once you’d given your submission to a person, it was hard as hell to take it back completely.

 

Crewe trailed behind her, brooding and apprehensive. It wasn’t in his blood to remain on the sidelines. He wanted to be in the thick of it, defending her. Her heart swelled. They reached the front door, and she turned to face him. Placing her hands on his chest, she looked up. “I know you’ll want to help, but this fight is mine.”

 

“If you’re hurt—.”

 

“All I’m asking you to do is be backup. Not the front line.”

 

His jaw clenched, and he nodded. He brought his hand up to his wrist, sank his fangs in and brought it to her lips. “Drink.”

 

She latched on to the sweet nectar and sucked it down in greedy mouthfuls. His power charged her like a battery. The wound healed and she pulled back, licking her lips. Centering herself, she used her power to push the heavy door open and stepped into the howling winds, head held high. Her feet padded along the wet stone as she moved toward the grassy knoll where a figure stood in a black dress, shrouded by darkness. She knew all the intimidation tactics, so she dismissed them. Genevie might be using the same old tricks, but she had a new bag of them to unleash.

 

Shield lifted, she flinched at the lighting strikes raining down on either side of her. The ground shook under the onslaught. She stumbled as the earth rocked, but never fell. Using her newly gained speed, would be giving away her hand. For now, she’d play the role to gather as much information as possible. Genevie threw back her hood and scowled. Her slender oval-shaped face was every bit as flawless as she remembered. No wrinkle dare mare her forehead or around her deepest black eyes. Full lips painted black turned down. Her eyebrows drew together as she looked at her with disgust.

 

“What do you want Genevie? Our business was concluded long ago.”

 

“And yet, I hear you of all the beings on this planet are the key to a revolution. I knew I shouldn’t have let you go. Of course, once I have your blood, there’s nowhere you could hide that I wouldn’t find you.”

 

“Here I stand in plain sight.” Keeta held up her arms.

 

“Do you think your vampire will help you?”

 

She smirked. “I don’t need him.”

 

Genevie blinked. “Bold. Have you forgotten who I am?”

 

“No. I’ve discovered who I am.”

 

“This is our chance to rule. The vampires are unstable. Soon the wolves will turn on one another to determine pack hierarchy. It’s the opening we’ve been waiting for. Humans will be the ones to hide in the shadows.”

 

“And you think witches, who mostly strive to keep the balance will be on board for this? The darkness needs the light to exist. What do you suppose would happen if you removed one?”

 


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ABOUT SHYLA COLT:

 

Shyla Colt is the sassy USA Today Bestselling author of the popular series Kings of Chaos and Dueling Devils M.C. This genre-hoppers stories feature three of her favorite things: strong females, pop culture, and alternate routes to happy ever after. Listening to her Romani soul, she pens from the heart, allowing the dynamic characters, eccentric interests, and travels as a former flight attendant to take her down untraveled roads.

 

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, this mid-west girl is proud of her roots. She used her hometown and the surrounding areas as a backdrop for a number of books. So, if you're a Buckeye, keep an eye out for familiar places.

 

As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there's never a dull moment in her household.

 

She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company.

 


You can interact with Shyla Colt online


Website: www.shylacolt.net

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorshyla.colt

 

 

and

 

Twitter: @shylacolt

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shylacolt/

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5034494.Shyla_Colt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-16 01:24
Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
Pawn of Prophecy - David Eddings

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings is a classic in the epic fantasy realm. I read them as a kid but only recently have enjoyed the first in the series as an audiobook. Here is my review.

While the premise to Pawn of Prophecy is pretty basic (ancient evil is awakening and a Chosen One may be our only salvation), I still enjoyed it. I read this series as a kid and only recently have discovered them as audiobooks. As an adult, I find that I have a more critical eye. However, I still found myself enjoying this book. Perhaps part of that is nostalgia but I think the characters hold up well even if the plot is pretty much boiler plate.

I really enjoyed Silk for his wit. He pokes fun at other characters but also has quieter moments where he teaches Garion something useful or playful moments when he’s getting up to some mischief. Garion’s Aunt Pol (Polgara) is also a favorite. I love how she insists on keeping Garion clean, presentable, and well fed. She’s the care giver in the group but she’s also one of the sternest characters. She will suffer no foolishness on her watch!

There’s this one scene that really stood out for me because Silk was poking fun at certain social norms. At a big meeting of the nations’s leaders, there are some women present. Some nations expect their ladies to stay pregnant and in the house while other nations have greater equality. Silk pokes fun at the former while praising the later. I couldn’t help but think that perhaps the author was making a little fun of earlier epic fantasy works where the ladies are relegated to minor roles of providing love, comfort, and babies. It’s scenes like this that rekindled my love for this series.

Garion himself is an OK character though I expect I will once again fall in love with his character later in the series. Right now, he really is a bit of a pawn. People want to control him because he could be The One. Yep, the bad guys want him and the good guys in the know want to keep him safe. While that is all pretty standard for several epic fantasies, I still found my self holding my breath during fight scenes or when a bad guy was skulking around.

All told, this was a story that stood the test of time and I’m glad that I have reacquainted myself with it. 4/5 stars

The Narration: Cameron Beierle did an amazing job with his narration. He had distinct voices for all the characters and his female voices were believable. I especially love how he managed Silk’s role. Silk speaks multiple languages and likes to go about in disguise, including disguising his voice. I liked his grumpy Belgariad and stern Pol as well. All around, an excellent performance. 5/5 stars
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review 2018-07-27 14:04
The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Prophecy (A Titan Novel) (Volume 4) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that's standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them -- without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him -- everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best -- and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she's not fighting just for herself -- she's fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled…

 

 

 

Story 5 ★but the editing 2-3 ★

And give the book and overall of 4★ I (read more below)

 

This is the fourth and final book in “The Titan” series

So this was a bitter sweet good not only the series but also the characters that we became to love.  Not only Seth, Josie and friends but also characters we met in previous series and books. I surely will miss the gang and this world.

Being it the final book there is not much I can say or go too much into detail without spoiling it, so I will just touch on some things.

Seth has grown so much, since we first met him and even more in this series. But I think the most of it happened in this book.  But overall he just got better and better. What I liked the most was that is was organic and not just over night. He slowly changed with trial and errors and that he still had plenty of stupid moments. Overall Seth was such a fun and often complex character to follow, who not only made us swoon but also cuss and laugh at the same time.

Josie, I wasn’t 100% sure if her in the first book but man did she grow on me, She was thrown into this world she knew nothing about and thought was fiction and she handled pretty freaking awesome and yet human. She had her doubts and made mistake but she always learned from them and was even better and badder than the time before. She really is the perfect match for Seth. She didn’t put up with any shit he gave her and always stood up to him. But also gave him a shoulder to lean on.

Overall I really liked how much the balanced each other out and how they fought for each other or them.

This book was packed with everything, humor as we used to from the books, action lots of action . But also heartbreak and romance, lots and lots of romance but also a lot of emotions all around.  This is one heck of a roller coaster ride in this book but it kept in on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t but it down for the last half of the book.

It was a crazy insane journey for sure and it was super emotional to me, especially since not everyone will make it to the epilogue.

The ending was fitting and I enjoyed a lot but I was sad that it ended and I knew that it was the final good bye to these people. I will miss them.

Now some not so good things about it.

There were some pretty big editing mistakes in this book or things that were overlooked, normally when I review an ARC or so I don’t mention these things since they are ARCS and still change. But I bought a FINISHED paperback copy of amazon and it shouldn’t have that many errors in it. Here is one example of a few errors that were made, but this stood out the most.

The book alternates POV between Seth and Josie, either chapter by chapter or half way through, either way it is clear who we follow. Except I found times where in the middle of a paragraph it switches for a just a few line to the other persons POV and then straight back. It is easy to tell it is a mistake but it happens at least 4-5 times if not more throughout the book. That made threw the reading flow off a bit. There were other minor editing mistakes here and there but nothing major. Either or there should not be that many mistakes in a finished copy that I pay for….. At least that is what I think……. And I will have to take some points of the review for that.

All that being said, I loved the book and was sad to see it end but editing was rather bad for this book.

I rate the story 5 ★but the editing 2-3 ★

And give the book and overall of 4★  I guess…..

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-07-25 00:43
Reading progress update: I've read 341 out of 341 pages.
The Prophecy (A Titan Novel) (Volume 4) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Such a bitter-sweet good -bye to the last book in the series 

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