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review 2017-07-21 22:13
A bit rushed
Rook (Black Mountain Pack) (Volume 2) - ... Rook (Black Mountain Pack) (Volume 2) - Miranda Lynn

I quite enjoyed the first book in this series, Mack, and while Rook has an interesting premise, the characters are likable, and the author has a good writing style, I didn't connect with the story like I did in the first one. It is a continuing story and if you haven't read the first book, things in this one may be somewhat confusing. The story is easy enough to follow, but there are references to things that take place in Mack. The story is fast-paced and emotional, especially the treatment of people under the old alpha's rule. I was a thrown by how quickly some of these people accept a new alpha and all the changes that are being implemented, considering the oppression they were living under. Overall, I feel like the story had the potential to be really good, but it just felt too rushed, making it hard to become invested in everything going on.

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text 2017-07-20 13:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 194 pages.
No Longer Human, Volume 2 - Osamu Dazai,Usamaru Furuya

The idea of Yozo creating children's manga disturbs me.

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text 2017-07-19 14:52
Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 194 pages.
No Longer Human, Volume 2 - Osamu Dazai,Usamaru Furuya

I'm guessing on the page number.

 

Yozo is now being confined at the home of one of his family's former (?) servants. There's more dad-blaming in this than in the original book. Basically: "if only my horrible dad hadn't paid off the cops, I'd have been properly punished for Ageha's death and my life would have been given meaning!" Boo hoo.

 

Yozo wasn't exactly a sympathetic figure in the original book by this point, but he had least had my sympathy at the beginning. Manga Yozo, not so much. All the male characters see right through him, even his friend, but the female characters just see a good-looking young man with puppy dog eyes. Even if I weren't already familiar with the story, it'd be fairly obvious that Yozo is about to latch onto yet another woman.

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url 2017-07-18 20:09
41 New releases in book series
Look Behind You - Iris Johansen,Roy Johansen
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Vol. 7 (manga) (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon (manga)) - Fujino Omori
Spellbinder - Thea Harrison
The Library of Light and Shadow - M.J. Rose
Vegas Wedding, Weaver Bride - Allison Leigh
The Late Show - Michael Connelly

New releases in book series per the Fictfact.com new release calendar.

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-07-17 15:15
Early ARC Review: Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2) by Thea Harrison
Spellbinder - Thea Harrison

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures 

 

Spellbinder

Moonshadow #2
Thea Harrison
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
Self Published
July 18th 2017
eBook
326
ARC Review Copy

 

From author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….

 

Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.

 

When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.

 

One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.

 

Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.

 

But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge…

 

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Spellbinding! Emotional! Magical!

 

I don’t know where to start, but to say WOW. I was sucked in from the first to the last page and couldn’t put this novel down.

 

The Moonshadow series is a spin-off of the Elder Races. This series is primarily based in the UK, the other side of the world, and has brought in the races over their, mainly the Fae into the spotlight.

 

Finally we get Morgan Le Fae story. We learn so much about him. Why he does what he does, who he truly is, and the horrors he has been a part of and seen. If you have read the Elder Races then you know and have seen Morgan pop up every now and then. He’s the bad guy or is he??? I want to tell you so much about Morgan and his plight, but if I do I give so much away. Morgan’s journey is an emotional one in finding love, living life, and enjoying the world again.

 

Sid is a human with no magic at all. She’s strong, courageous, quick minded, and a musician who creates breathtaking music. Her life changes forever when she is kidnapped and turned over to the Winter Palace of the Light Fae.

 

Sid and Morgan are fantastic together. She shouldn’t trust him, but she can’t help it. In the end she trusts and opens up a world with possibilities for them both. Their romance was sweet and endearing.

 

Besides the romance Ms. Harrison whips up some seriously strong feelings and doesn’t pull any punches when she vividly describes her scenes. It’s an intensely emotional read. I was crying, I was loving, and I was hating right along side these characters. One scene at the beginning with Sid, I cried all the way through. It was just so heartbreaking to read.

 

Spellbinder is Captivating, Enchanting, and Entertaining. Their are so many great moments and charming characters. It’s action-packed, fast-paced, and romantic. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

 

Rated: 5 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Thea Harrison with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (PNR/UF) | New Release (2017)

 

 

 

 

Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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