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text 2018-04-18 04:53
Reading progress: 88%
Spirit Witch - Helen Harper


All the same, I half expected to hear Vincent Price’s voice booming about darkness falling across the land. Somehow I didn’t think I was going to be treated to an impromptu Thriller dance

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text 2018-04-18 02:59
Reading progress: 14%
Star Witch - Helen Harper

It was almost as if we were monks on a vow of silence. Either that, or nobody here was a morning person. Suited me

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review 2018-04-18 02:36
Review of Slouch Witch (The Lazy Girl's Guide to Witchcraft) by Helen Harper
Slouch Witch - Helen Harper

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


Posts running across my booklikes dashboard made this one sound good.  It was; I really enjoyed this Kindle Unlimited offering.

 

This is Bewitched and PNR type of witchcraft rather than horror, satanistic rituals, etc.  Book synopsis is accurate.

 

I liked the snarky, lazy heroine. Not at all a grim anti-hero, but not eager to exert.   Loved her cat.  Even liked the building romance (not where it went at the end of this book in the series).  Lazy or not, I do wish she had fought harder against the false accusation tanking her with the order and still tarnishing her reputation.  

 "He stared at me. Screw him. I wasn’t going to apologise for my clothes lying around my home."

Being kicked out of formal magic meant she developed some unique things herself.  At least things she really wanted -- like bespelling her cat to actually speak.  Made for fun worldbuilding.

" Scouts would be looking to hire me as their personal mascot – or better still, the fire brigade. I pictured myself on their annual calendar, surrounded by broad-chested firemen. Now there was an idea"

 

 

" ‘It might not be a drink, it might be an orgy. Well,’ I amended, ‘a threesome anyway.’

Winter looked faintly green. ‘Let’s hope not. Come on. There’s probably a back door.’ "

All in all a good read with even side characters and love interest developed nicely.  Looking forward to reading the next in series.


*©2018.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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text 2018-03-22 10:40
Tea's TBR Thursday - March 22, 2018 (Part I)
Loving the Hawke (The Seven Curses of London Book 1) - Lana Williams
Better Off Wed - Laura Durham
Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles Book 1) - Julia Brannan
A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House): A Novella - Kristi Ann Hunter
Tabitha (Girls from the Mountain, Book 1) - Vikki Kestell
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
The Three Fates - Kate Quinn
Daughters of Darkness - The Anthology (4 Paranornal Romance Novels) - Chrissy Peebles,Kristen Middleton,W.J. May,C.J. Pinard,Book Cover by Design
Girl's Guide to Witchcraft - Mindy Klasky
Wonderful - Jill Barnett

*Bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

Last week I went through Prime Reading and NOOK's free books sections looking for new material for my e-readers. My spreadsheet now stands at almost 220 books. I had to break up the list of new additions so as not to screw up my followers' eyes.

 

*HR = historical romance  *CR = contemporary romance  *PRN = paranormal romance

*CL = chick lit     *CM = cozy mystery

 

 

Added to NOOK:

1. Loving the Hawke (The Seven Curses of London #1) by Lana Williams (HR) 

2. Death Down Under (Ruby Bay Mystery #1) by Samantha Silver (CM/CL)

3. Poison in Paddington (Cassie Coburn Mystery #1) by Samantha Silver (CMCL)

4. The Locked Room Murder (Bluebell Knopps #1) by Nancy McGovern (CM/CL)

5. Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer #1) by Laura Durham (CM/CL)

6. Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristen Painter (PRN/CM)

7. The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls #1) by Kristen Painter (PRN)

8. Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles #1) by Julia Brannan (HR)

9. Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley by Various Authors (anthology) (CM)

10. Mail Order Bride Amelia (Silver River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey (HR)

11. A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5) by Kristi Ann Hunter (HR)

12. Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope #0.5) by Jody Hedlund (HR)

13. First Impressions by Elizabeth Johns (HR)

14. Tabitha (Girls from the Mountain #1) by Vikki Kestell (HR)

15. A Rose Blooms Twice (Prairie Heritage #1) by Vikki Kestell (HR)

 

*Takes a Breath*

 

16. Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessing #0.5) by Sarah Loudin Thomas (CR)

17. At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd #0.5) by Jen Turano (HR)

18. Waiting for Dawn (Team Hope #0.5) by Susan May Warren (CR/SUSPENSE)

19. Alejandro's Sorceress (The Cardinal Witches #1) by Alyssa Day (PRN)

20. Mad for Love (Highland Brides #1) by Elizabeth Essex (CR)

21. The Three Fates (The Empress of Rome #3.5) by Kate Quinn (HR)

22. Millie Marries a Marshal (Brides of Grit #2) by Linda K. Hubalek (HR)

23. Secrets to Reveal (Highland Wolves #1) by Tilly Wallace (HR/PRN)

24. Sorceress Awakening (Gargoyle and Sorceress #1) by Lisa Blackwood (PRN)

25. Daughters of Darkness by Various Authors (anthology) (PRN)

26. Girl's Guide to Witchcraft (Jane Madison #1) by Mindy Klasky (PRN/CL)

27. Love's Beginning (Eagle Harbor Short Story) by Naomi Rawlings (HR)

28. Wonderful (Medieval Trilogy #1) by Jill Barnett (HR)

29. The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn Mystery #1) by Felicia Rogers (CM/HR)

30. The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #1) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

31. The Captivating Lady Charlotte (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #2) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

32. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #3) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

 

 

 

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-13 13:13
The Devoured by Curtis M. Lawson
The Devoured - Curtis M. Lawson,Jason Sprenger

The Devoured by Curtis M. Lawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Desperately on the trail of his missing son, an old Confederate solider will stop at nothing to reunite the remnants of his family, even if he has to slay every trace of Utgard filth along the way. Finding unexpected companionship in a young orphan, the gunslinger closes in on the god responsible - Thurs, he who hails beyond the stars.

(WARNING: This review contains spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Curtis M. Lawson for giving me the opportunity.

If I wasn't so pessimistic about book to movie adaptations, I'd say this would make a brilliant film - in fact, I imagined it as such; Lawson's stunning use of words did wonders to create vivid imagery inside my head. I found myself thoroughly impressed by the intelligent, highly attractive prose, and by how each scene seamlessly came together to tell an exciting yet ultimately tragic tale. Despite being a short novel of less than two hundred pages, it expressed itself with a lot more substance than other full-length books I've read. A part of me wishes it was longer, but I realise it may have lessened the overall impact.

The character of the "old man" was probably the pinnacle; he was so utterly badass, and believe me when I say I don't use that term lightly. Smart, skilled, and completely unapologetic about his paternal devotion - he's someone I won't forget anytime soon. I'm not saying he was a perfect man, far from it, but he owned every scene he was in. He was the sort of being that would draw an entire room to his entrance, and not just because of his (suspiciously) large size. Emmett, however, whilst starting out with good intentions, truly lost his way as he succumbed to the unsavoury power of Utgard. I could relate with him in a way, in that I'm well aware of the pain of watching a parent slowly fade away. Nothing compares to that feeling of hopelessness, and if given the same opportunity, I'd have likely welcomed the same solution.

Moving on from that painfully honest bit of information.

As with all books I read, I tend to look deeper into things; for meaning in aspects that are probably meaningless. Both Emmett and his father shared a particular trait of being tall, bulky and at times, questionably strong. The fact that Utgard's a stronghold of giants, I was left contemplating a connection. Could it be, that the old man's ancestry is intermingled with otherworldly blood? If anything, at least, I can have my theories, incorrect and insignificant as they may be!

I can't say the Old Western theme has ever appealed to me, but I now feel inclined to seek out similar tales. Of course, few, if any, are going to have such a factual and accurate setting seeped in unforgiving folklore. The historic element of the American Civil War worked wonderfully with the touch of Norse and Native American mythology, and I was impressed with the knowledge poured into it. Either Lawson did his homework, or he simply knows his stuff. I also loved the brutality of the surrounding world- cannibals and witches, oh my! Seriously, sometimes witchcraft should be punishing, rather than glamorous.

In conclusion: The unnamed hero has been one of the coolest characters I've ever had the pleasure to read about. Whilst including both history and the supernatural, Lawson makes a short novel seem like an epic best-seller.

Notable Scene:

"Thought - critical, logical thought - that's what separates a man from an animal. That's what keeps us progressing further and further. That ability to think our way around any and every problem is why the Devourers fear us."

"And what about memory?" Hank asked.

"Memory is what keeps us strong in the toughest times, and it's what prevents us from becoming monsters when our hands are forced to kill. It's the memories of love and happiness that let us come home from the dark places where the world sometimes takes us. It's memory that lets a man find the strength to fight the gods themselves for what's right."


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