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review 2018-08-07 10:00
Release Week Review! Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) Karen Chance!
Shadow's Bane - Karen Chance

 

 

Half-human, half-vampire Dorina Basarab is back–and facing her biggest challenge yet in the next urban fantasy in the New York Times bestselling series.

 

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir–half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory’s fey friends goes missing. They fear he’s been sold to a slaver who arranges fights–sometimes to the death–between different types of fey.

 

As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. With the Vampire Senate gearing up for war with Faerie, it’ll take everything she has to defeat the slavers–and deal with the entirely too attractive master vampire Louis-Cesare….

 


Dorina has a lot on her plate being one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members but when a relative of one of her friends goes missing, Dory investigates a slaver and it’ll take everything she has to defeat them and deal with Louis-Cesare.

 

The “Dorina Basarab” series is a well-developed and fascinating world full of strong, charismatic characters that readers are easily drawn to and certainly can’t get enough of. Each and every story is fast paced with thrilling and daring battles, intriguing events, magical weaponry that sparks the imagination and plots that keeps readers hanging on to every word and that’s not to mention that witty dialogue that produces chuckles even as the kick a** heroine puts enemies in their place. Dorina is one tough chick but she also has a vulnerable side and readers can easily connect with her while enjoying her adventures.


There is never a dull moment to be found in the fourth book – “Shadow’s Bane” as one thrilling event after another takes place during this fast paced plot which is also interspersed with emotional turbulent scenes that ensures the readers get a well-rounded view of Dory and the multiple issues taking place throughout the story including her romance with Louis-Cesare and her relationship with her father. Her and her friends not only have to deal with the slavers which is much more complicated than they originally thought, but Dory is faced with tons of houseguests, the coming war with the Fae, Mircea’s past and her inner struggle with her “twin”.

 

The plot is a bit complex and is so full of twists and turns that readers will need to pay attention in order to keep up but the plot plays out so that it adds to the anxious atmosphere of the story which really keeps readers glued to the pages and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Dorina’s world.

 

 

Shadow’s Bane

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24104482-shadow-s-bane

 

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/books/shadow-s-bane-by-karen-chance

 


is the 4th book in the Doriana Basarab series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/45661-dorina-basarab

 

Which includes
.1 Zombie’s Bite
.3 Dragon’s Claw
.5 Buying Trouble
1 Midnight’s Daughter
2 Death’s Mistress
2.1 In Vino Veritas
3 Fury’s Kiss
3.5 Lover’s Knot
4 Shadow’s Bane

 

& is connected to the Cassandra Palmer series.

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/49237-cassandra-palmer

 


This timeline gives the reading order for both the Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab series. It also shows the reading order for the novellas and shorts connected with the books.


http://karenchance.com/timeline.html

 


Shadow’s Bane is available in print & ebook at:

 

Penguin - http://www.penguin.com/book/shadows-bane-by-karen-chance/9780451419064

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451419065?tag=randohouseinc7986-20

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadows-bane-karen-chance/1127456869?ean=9780451419064

 

BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/p/9780451419064?AID=10876509&PID=8373827&SID=PRHEFFDF5A7F1--9780451419064

 

Hudson - https://www.hudsonbooksellers.com/book/9780451419064

 

IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780451419064?aff=penguinrandom

 

Powells - http://www.powells.com/book/-9780451419064

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1312463723

 

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shadow-s-bane

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Karen_Chance_Shadow_s_Bane?id=Jzk-DwAAQBAJ

 

 

Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in Florida near her family home.

 

Website - http://karenchance.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/38066.Karen_Chance

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/karen-chance

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/#!/KarenChanceBooks

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/CasPalmerSeries

 

 

 

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review 2017-11-24 20:29
Inkheart
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke,Anthea Bell

This is my book for Guy Fawkes Night.  

Book themes for Guy Fawkes Night: Any book about the English monarchy (any genre), political treason, political thrillers, or where fire is a major theme, or fire is on the cover.

 

I finally finished this book.  It´s been cold and snowy here and that has caused my pain to flare up: both my Fibromyalgia and PsA pain stacked on top of each other.  I have had a hard time focusing enough to read.  I finally listened to the unabridged audio book instead.  It was very good but I always wish they read faster.  It was okay this time though because my brain was running snow anyway.  I could only focus for small periods also so it still took me a long time to get through.  

 

It was narrated by Lynn Redgrave who made me want to make some English Breakfast tea and scones with clotted cream and jam.  

 

The story was very imaginative.  Reading about Meggie made me think of my oldest son.  He loved books from a very young age.  I would often peak into my son's room at night when he was supposed to be sleeping to see the glow of a flashlight under a tent of blankets.  One time when my son´s teachers told me he wasn't turning in his work at school and he was failing his classes we had to do something drastic to get his attention.  The only thing he cared about was his books so I bought a lockable garage cabinet and put his books in it and padlocked it.  I told him I would unlock it only when his teacher told me he was doing better in school.  That was the hardest thing to do but he did finally decide to do his work.

 

This story is about Meggie and her father who live in an old farm house.  Meggie's father mends books, chasing away the mold and book worms and giving them new dresses.  Meggie didn't remember her mother who had gone away nine years before.  One day Meggie looked out her window and saw a strange man standing out in the pouring rain.  He was just standing there staring at their house.  She went to tell her father and he brought the stranger in.  Only, her father seemed to know him.  He called him Dustfinger and Dustfinger called her father Silvertongue.  Meggie was sent to her room to go to bed but she sneaked back and listened outside the door to them talk in hushed voices about a horrible man called Capricorn.  The way they talked scared Meggie and she begged her father to send him away.  She didn't like him.  

 

The next morning Meggie's father woke her up early and was packing for a trip.  They set off on a trip that Meggie would never forget, to a place where things come out of books and are not always good.  Meggie learned that it is a lot more fun to read about the adventures in books than to be in them herself.  

 

My son that I mentioned above wanted me to read this book.  He knew I would like it.  

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review 2017-10-31 00:00
Trolls Little Golden Book (DreamWorks Trolls)
Trolls Little Golden Book (DreamWorks Tr... Trolls Little Golden Book (DreamWorks Trolls) - Mary Man-Kong,Priscilla Wong Drawings: 4 stars
The story itself: 1star
The pictures are sure charming for both kids and adults but the story feeds the kids wrong information as what the author calls trolls have absolutely no resemblance to the trolls in the northern mythology.
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review 2016-08-28 18:49
D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls - Ingri d'Aulaire,Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

There is some nice humor in this book about trolls. The D'Aulaires draw somewhat from Norse myth, though there are no stories of Norse gods. It is funny because you can just see Biblo going what, as you read it.

 

In a popular etching by the Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen, Henrik Ibsen walks slowly with a gentle Troll in the main street of Oslo whilst the panic-stricken population flees the giant.:

 

by Theoder Kittlesen.  The man in the top hat and white beard walking is Ibsen.

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review 2016-02-27 01:21
Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon by Rena Rocford (Review)
Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon - Rena Rocford

I was drawn in by the title and I thought the cover was absolutely gorgeous, although I still do not understand why there is a crown of what appears to be barbed wire around her head. Even so, I definitely wanted to take a chance on Acne Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon. It took me about two hours to read and to describe it in two words it was ‘mellow’ and ‘adventurous.’

Sometimes in fantasy (or anything with adventure in general) books, there’s a constant urgency feeling. At least, that’s how it is for me. Even though my heart-rate might be steady and normal, my mind is tense, as if I’m wading through an ocean of suspense. And you know? That can be stressful. So I liked the mellow feeling that I got from, Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon (which is hereby shortened to AAOS).

 

Please welcome Allyson Takata to the stage. Allyson is in high-school and extremely insecure over the acne, later learned to be scales, on her face. She hasn’t had much adventure in her life farther than evading the bullies in her school and snatching hurtling objects out of the air before they can kiss her face.
I liked Allyson. She was intelligent, courageous, and tried her best to save people who she didn’t know. Many people are insecure about acne on their faces, so I found no fault in her applying makeup. The only fault I found in her was that she was disrespectful towards her mom. Rarely has my mom been wrong about things that matter and Allyson’s blatant lack of respect towards the only parent she’s ever known, the same parent who has no doubt been trying to protect her for years (which should have been obvious to Allyson after a while), was terrible. I won’t lie and say that Allyson not having many flaws bothered me since it didn’t. Because of the pace, there wasn’t time for meticulous character development, no matter how realistic it may be. There was still character development, but it wasn’t the kind that I’m usually writing about.

I loved the relationship between Allyson and Beth. Almost every YA novel has the main character only have one best friend, but Beth didn’t feel like one best friend. Rocford didn’t write her to be the only best friend Allyson has with the sole purpose of talking about boys or filling in silence. She was genuine, real, and an amazing supportive friend. She listens to Allyson, but has opinions of her own and voices them. Allyson and Beth were the team, working together to solve a problem inside the fantasy world that Allyson was just beginning to understand. For once, it wasn’t the usual hero and heroine combo, but two best friends working together. Loved it. And that also brings me to my next point.

The love interest wasn’t truly introduced until the very end. That’s worth repeating in bold and italics. The love interest wasn’t truly introduced until the very end. Rocford introduces him as a person first, cute guy second, and romantic interest third and that made me incredibly happy. In fact, the first love interest or romantic pairing that is in the story, isn’t even for.with Allyson. How cool is that? Bonus: It wasn’t insta-love/love at first sight, but rather attraction which is completely acceptable in my opinion. You can be attracted to someone physically by merely setting eyes on them and I think that that is what happened in AASO. Hopefully the relationships become more than that and are developed if a sequel is published. Regardless, I commend Rocford for using this technique because it is unfortunately rarely used but even more fascinating.

The plot was practically concrete, sort of. It was solid and had structure, but unlike concrete, the plot of AASO had focus. Although I wish that there had been a bit more information on the actual fantasy part, for example, how shifting works or more explanation on Beth’s situation with unicorns or even just basic, but informative information on each create that Allyson encounters. Nonetheless, I was pleased that I could easily see that Rocford had put sincere thought into her writing.

 

Would I Recommend Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be a Half Dragon?
Quite frankly, I didn’t find anything wrong with AAOS that would ruin your experience. It’s two-hundred and thirty pages, but it felt like a short story and I liked that. The pace wasn’t rushed and I felt comfortable with how quickly I was given information and the characters that were included in this journey. However, you might not appreciate the length as much as I did if you pay five dollars for it. 

Source: paigeturnerreads.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/acne-asthma-and-other-signs-you-might-be-half-dragon-by-rena-rocford/#more-694
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