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review 2017-05-17 09:00
A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall
A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones Book 1) - Dianne Duvall

For the past seven years, since she was but sixteen, Alyssa has served Lord Dillon, the Earl of Westcott, as his wisewoman and healer without the man being aware that 'tis not the wisewoman that had served his father and his father before him that hides under the umbral robes...Then, acting out of love for the man, Alyssa makes the ultimate sacrifice, healing his mortal wounds, ending at Death's door herself. In order for him to save her, Dillon removes her robes and discovers her deception...

But instead of taking offense, he gains much, much more.


Ms Duvall was a new-to-me author, and I must say my first foray into her "world" didn't disappoint. That's not to say the story was perfect—far from it, but the flaws didn't completely overshadow the strengths. The premise, despite this particular plot device being rehashed over and over throughout the history of literature, was solid, and the initial few chapters (before the big reveal) offered some great character development, and good, steady pacing.

Unfortunately the pacing slowed down drastically after Alyssa's robes came off, and the story started suffering from "overstuffing". A redundant scene here and there, a dialogue or inner monologue (mostly about how to overcome the many obstacles on the road to happiness) too many and you quickly end up with a bogged down story that reads like you're trying to waddle through thick mud...
And there was definitely too much angst in the second half of the book. Legitimate angst (to a degree) about a problem that ended up being solved too easily. I felt a little cheated when everything ended up nicely tied in a bow. After all the angst and drama, it felt too sweet and rather sugary the way it ended.

But still, the story was solid, the writing and narrative style was good, the use of "Old English" wasn't much of an issue once I passed chapter one, and the characters were well-developed, incorporated nicely into the story and working very well together as an ensemble.

It could've done with a little more editing to weed out the unnecessary stuff, but overall, it was a very enjoyable read.

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review 2017-01-24 18:43
Werewolves!
Pack of Lies (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress) (Volume 3) - Annie Bellet

The Alpha in this territory has died.He kept the peace with all the other packs.Now it's time for a new leader among the packs,and with that inherent trouble.

And Jade Crow (Human Sorceress) is right in the middle.How she even gets involved,well it's in the book.

 

Probably the most fun book in this series so far because it dealt with werewolves. 

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review 2017-01-09 18:55
Murder of Crows
Murder of Crows (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 2) - Annie Bellet

The book was entertaining,so many shifters, it's like watching an episode of Grim.I like the way the author writes,she keeps it just light enough.

 We start with Jade practicing the use of her magic,because it doesn't hurt to be stronger and she has a crazy ex-boyfriend (who is also a sorcerer) after her.

 Then at some point her dad shows up requesting help.This is where the meat of the story is.We learn more about Jade and her past,it's mostly native american.And then there's the fight with the spirit

 All and said and done it's an entertaining read.:)

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review 2017-01-02 18:22
Justice Calling
Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 1) - Annie Bellet

I got this book for free,and I really didn't know how I would feel about it.

But it was a pleasant surprise.The MC being a sorceress,wearing her talisman about her neck.And the talisman is a D20.And she is the owner of a game shop/comic shop.

So,this was all a bonus to me:)

 

But the book was better than I expected and I thought it had good character development.It was dealing with shifters as well as the MC.But the story was not bad,it kept entertained throughout.

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review 2016-11-01 03:29
Good Story and Characters
The Sorceress and the Moving Mirror (The Sellador Collection) (Volume 1) - Daniel W. Koch

Tessa never really liked the other kids from Skycap. Tessa was the commander’s daughter and the king’s niece. Kids went out of their way to make a good impression on her. The only one Tessa really enjoyed spending time with was her brother Charles. The King had declared war on the sorcerers and Tessa was made to stay in the palace. Charles didn’t have time for her now as he was the youngest officer in the King’s army. Tessa had met the sorcerer Lincoln. Before the war the sorcerers had elected a group called The Assembly Of Five to equal the King’s High Council, Lincoln had become friends with Tessa’s father Luke and she trusted him. Sorcerers could manipulate the world around them- they could shift air , and heal fatal wounds. Tessa herself believed she was a sorcerer but had only told Lincoln as her mother hated sorcerers and her father had apparently turned on the sorcerers. Then Tessa told her brother Charles who told her father.

I enjoyed the story which surprised me a little not usually into stories about sorcerers . But This one kept my attention all through it. Maybe because Tessa was born of humans and she was in the middle of a war as she lived with the humans but was a sorceress. Anyway I liked the plot and the writing was also good. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story. I recommend.  

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