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review 2019-04-18 20:47
Book Review for Cipher by Larissa Ione
Cipher: A Demonica Underworld Novella Kindle Edition - Larissa Ione

  • Cipher by Larissa Ione
  • A Demonica Underworld Novella
  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (April 9, 2019)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • Arc copy Provided for honest review

In the war between good and evil, sometimes the biggest battles take place inside the soul…and the heart.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione, comes CIPHER, a passionate and spellbinding novella from the Demonica Underworld Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!


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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione comes a new story in her Demonica Underworld series…


It’s been seven months since Cipher, an Unfallen angel who straddled a razor thin line between good and evil, woke up in hell with a new set of wings, a wicked pair of fangs, and a handler who’s as beautiful as she is dangerous. As a laid-back cyber-specialist who once assisted guardian angels, he’d been in a prime position to earn back his halo. But now, as a True Fallen forced to use his talents for malevolence, he must fight not only his captors and his sexy handler, but the growing corruption inside him…before the friends searching for him become his enemies and he becomes his own worst nightmare.


Lyre is a fallen angel with a heart full of hate. When she’s assigned to ensure that Cipher carries out their boss’s orders, she sees an opportunity to take revenge on those who wronged her. All she has to do is appeal to Cipher’s burgeoning dark side. But the devastatingly handsome fellow True Fallen has other ideas — sexy ideas that threaten to derail all Lyre’s plans and put them in the path of an approaching hell storm.


Danger and desire explode, even as Cipher and Lyre unravel a sinister plot that will fracture the underworld and send shockwaves into Heaven itself…


**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do. **


“Ione has made a major name for herself with her amazing Demonica series.”

~ Romantic Times Book Reviews
Let's start of by saying this is one of my favorite authors and anything she writes I just love she definitely and auto buy author for us and we are really loving this on going series and its character's. Cipher and Lyre are one of my favorite character pair especially after this current story as they turned out to be perfect for one another.
Cipher who was once an angel now Unfallen and soon to be True Fallen is coming into his own powers. He is trapped in another dimension and is being tortured over and over again to again access to information that could effect hundreds of lives but,more is in play than just that and he needs to escape before he breaks and betrays the ones he loves.
Lyre is Ciphers handler tasked by Bael to extract the information he wants at any means and she decides she is up to the job to further her own wants and desires to enact her own revenge of the wrongs done to her.
We loved this story from cover to cover.The story was gripping and suspenseful and had wonderful evil character's.We loved Cipher from the onset of the story and that he fought as hard as he did to protect the ones he loves.
A friendship was forged in the pits of hell and now Lyre is examining her own choices that she's made and fines she no longer needs to seek the vengeance on those who wronged her so long ago.
We loved Cipher and Lyre as they had some major chemistry going on between them and I found them to be perfect one another even with all the obstacles standing between them.I love the fact that Lyre was able to retain her sweetness and kindness living in and living with such evil on a daily basis.We loved how she was willing to make great sacrifices in order to help Cipher in preserving his secrets.
Cipher I found to be sexy as sin and no matter his dire circumstances retained his sense of humor that made us laugh out loud more than once.Lyre was just one of those character's that there is more than meets the eye than what's is on the surface as she has learned to mask her feelings and keep her secrets. 
Overall we really loved this story it was packed with action and adventure,was intriguing,had tons of drama,healing and finding love in all the wrong places.The story kept me glued to the pages the entire time and we loved the character's both good and evil.

About Larissa Ione:
Larissa Ione is a N
ew York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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text 2019-04-18 09:43
Reading progress update: I've read 28%.
Strange Sight - Syd Moore

So far, this isn't living up to the promise of the first book. It's a light cosy read with a dash of Carrie-style supernatural (albeit reported rather than seen) but the pace is slow and somehow Ms Strange isn't gelling with me this time. She seems to have lost some of her edge. 


I'm hoping things will improve in the face of imminent danger (assuming there is imminent danger - so far the most dangerous thing seems to be cultivating balcony plant in Walthamstow).


This means I have two Meh! books on the go at the moment.


I'm looking forward to starting "Crooked House" tomorrow.



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review 2019-04-16 17:19
"Circle Of The Moon - Soulwood #4" by Faith Hunter
Circle of the Moon (Soulwood #4) - Faith Hunter "Circle Of The Moon" is the fourth Nell Ingram book, set in the same world as the Jane Yellowrock series. If you haven't read any of the others, don't start here, go back and enjoy the whole series.



For me, this book got off to a slightly clunky start as we caught up with events since the violent and traumatic end to the last book, "Flame In The Dark". I liked the idea that Nell and Occam were both still recovering rather than being magically all better but I could have done with less "Previously, on Soulwood" and just getting on with the story.


My favourite parts of this story dealt with Nell's relationship with her sister, Mud and her visits back to her family in the Cloud Of God compound. Mud is irrepressible and the dialogue between her and Nell sparkles.


I liked that Nell is getting stronger and more confident of her place in Unit 18. She's no longer the Probationer and no longer the Widow woman / Churchwoman figuring out a new and strange world. Her confrontation with her boss's boss, Firewind, was well done and shows that Nell is being to understand her own worth and her own strength.


I also enjoyed the way that Nell dealt with the main vampires in the book. She stands up to Ming of Glass without overstepping into an attack and she treats Yummy fairly and offers her something as close to friendship as she can manage with a vampire. It was refreshing to get such a different perspective on vampires than the Yellowrock vamp-killer turned insider view.


It seems to me that Nell is becoming a little less human with each book. Or perhaps she's just getting to know herself better. WHAT she is becoming is hard to say. Faith Hunter has come up with an original set of powers for Nell. I'm curious to see what Nell will do with them.


Yet again, Faith Hunter has provided an above average urban fantasy story that was a fun read. She's developing the characters and opening up the possibilities of the series. The plot was a little straight forward in a save-the-world-from-the-demon-summoner kind of way but the powers used were unusual and the action was well described. The heart of the story lies with the characters. If you like Nell and her sister, you'll enjoy this book.

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review 2019-04-13 01:19
Resurrection and rebirth
Once Upon a River - Diane Setterfield

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is a difficult book to categorize because it doesn't fit neatly into any one genre. It's historical fiction looked at through the medium of magical realism with a healthy dose of the supernatural. All of the interwoven narratives (of which there are 4 main ones) center on the River Thames with quite a few factoids about that body of water sprinkled liberally throughout. [A/N: The author's notes section at the back details Setterfield's research which is unsurprisingly thorough.] The opening scenes of the book take place in The Swan on a dark and stormy night with the arrival of a mysterious stranger who is injured and carrying a little girl who is dead...until she isn't. The biggest mystery morphs from how she could possibly come back to life into who exactly she is and subsequently which family can call her their own. Flipping between a couple grieving for their child who has been lost for years, a disturbed woman who thinks the little girl is her dead sister, a man who believes she might be his grandchild, and a doctor (and her would-be suitor) this is Drama (capitalization necessary). 


Frankly, I think Diane Setterfield has knocked it out of the park again. Once Upon a River is another work of beautiful writing with interesting characters (very different from those in The Thirteenth Tale which affirms my belief that Setterfield is a magician). This book is more adult in tone so be aware there are some explicit scenes but they are by no means overused or detracting from the overall story. And if magical realism and the supernatural aren't your thing then you're probably not going to fully get this book but I encourage you to give it a shot anyway because the writing is just so dang great. 10/10 


What's Up Next: Elfquest Archives Volume 4 by Wendy & Richard Pini


What I'm Currently Reading: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2019-04-07 14:43
Dewey Read-a-thon Master Post - Update #4
Saga Volume 4 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Corned Beef & Casualties - Lynn Cahoon
Water in the Well - Zoey Summers
Mother's Day Mayhem - Lynn Cahoon
Pick Your Poison: Supernatural Witch Cozy Mystery - Zoey Summers


Update #4

Got half way through Saga volume 8 when the read-a-thon ended, but kept reading until the end of volume 9 - whoo boy that was a rough on my heart ending. I did meet my page goal and got caught up on two series I follow, so it was a good if half-assed participation on my part.


Update #3

Finished Water in the Well by Zoey Summers and then listened to two chapters of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson last night. Finished Pick Your Poison by Zoey Summers this morning while making breakfast for the kids. I'm so not meeting my time goal or pages goal this read-a-thon.


Going to knock out the Saga volumes, which should take me to the end of the read-a-thon, maybe I will also get the chance to get another chapter in The Twentieth Century done too. 


Update #2

Read for 5 hours. Started and finished both Tourist Trap Mysteries novellas, finished a chapter in The Twentieth Century while waiting for the husband to leave work. and read to the kids for a half hour (Where the Wild Things Are and Ballerina Rosie). Saving the Sagas for tomorrow morning when I have some sleep in me and can really lose myself in the storyline. Going to knock out a couple of the Zoey Summers short stories before heading to sleep. Getting up extra early with the husband as he was called in to come to work tomorrow a hour earlier, so I figured I can get a few hours of reading in before my Wild Things wake up.



Update #1

I'm not starting the read-a-thon until 4pm due to schedule conflicts. Here is my opening survey:


1)What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Brandon, Suffolk (UK)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Saga Volume 9, just to know what everyone is talking about - although it may break my heart 
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzerella cheese with balsamic vinegar
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Stayed out late last night to go see a comedy show at the enlistment club on base. Early morning today, so definitely caffeine is in order
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Nothing, I think I have these read-a-thons down to what I like to read and eat and how I go about participating



Reading List:

1. Saga Volumes 4-9 by Brian K. Vaugn and Fiona Staples (volume 4 is a re-read to remind myself the story, then the rest is to get me current on the series)

2. The Maid's Quarters by Holly Bush (70 pages)

3. A New Life by Merry Farmer (92 pages)

4. Mail Order Cowboy by Maisey Yates (94 pages)

5. A Fresh Start in Holly Blue Bay by Cathy Blossom (94 pages)

6. Mail Order Majesty by Sara Jolene (92 pages)

7. Water in the Well (26 pages), In the Cards (31 pages), Pick Your Poison (36 pages), Founder's Night (29 pages), and Magic in the Swamp (34 pages) by Zoey Summers

8. Corned Beef and Casualties (Tourist Trap Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon (78 pages) - Done!

9. Mother's Day Mayhem (Tourist Trap Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon (65 pages) - Done!



1. Post every three hours.


2. Read 750 pages.

              Stretch 1,000 pages


3. Read for 12 hours. 



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