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review 2018-09-17 03:08
First comes marriage
Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews

That was an entertaining "love you/hate you" romp. To be honest, I was not sure about attempting this, because trying to redeem magnificent bastards tends to make them decay, but had to after his show up on Magic Triumphs. I had fun, even if the format resembles a medieval romance with arranged marriage type of thing more than standard Urban fantasy fare (though to be fair, Andrews does usually veer more into the romantic as volumes pass).

 

Most interesting part for me was him analyzing why he failed in Magic Rises.

 

You can not tell me the amount of dogs left is not a 300 allegory.

 

Badass crown for that "Hi, honey" at the end.

 

There was a lot set up here and questions raised as befits a pilot to a new series, but they don't intrude that much if you want to read it as a stand alone.

 

 

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review 2018-09-14 15:59
Hah!
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews

Really, what else is there to say about the closing of a saga worth it's salt?

 

Ok... Fast paced wrap up choke-full of badass moments, everyone gets a scene bit or at least a name check and the last solution reeked of poetic justice with a good dose of deus-ex-machina (heheh). Plus all the mommy moments that were hilarious, dysfunctional, messed up and all around weird, or awesome, or blood-thirsty, or all of the above, lol.

 

Now, for all the bits that I can't comment without spoiling

 

I'm never, ever, no matter how many times the books name him, will stop grinning at Teddy Jo's name.

Luther. And Roman. And Beau Clayton. Come on, they are so awesome.

Kate's "we are a family of monsters" acceptance moment, when she gives up on trying to shield Conlan from violence and decides to go with "but we are the most violent BAMFs around, so you are safe".

Hugh having a second Conclave crashing moment.

Kate and Hugh having their "yeap, we are siblings indeed and dad sucks" chat.

On that vein, Kate and Nicks vaguely siblingly but even more combative relationship too (seriously, this family!)

The muggle Lt stepping up with "what do you need?" and all the muggle forces showing.

Saiman, why?

Julie and Erra leaving to have their own adventures after a visit to grandma? So want to see

(spoiler show)

 

Oh, lookie, I just busted my yearly challenge

 

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review 2018-09-13 22:27
WORLDWIRED by ELIZABETH BEAR
Worldwired - Elizabeth Bear

This book took me a long time to read because I checked it out, didn't finish in time, and then came back months later.  I think this was a detriment to the book or actually my feelings about the book.  I really wasn't enjoying it when I came back to finish it.  I hate the love triangle even though everyone gets along.  And Richard was getting a lot irritating.  Not my favorite of the series.

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review 2018-09-01 21:47
Year One by Nora Roberts - My Thoughts
Year One - Nora Roberts

I absolutely loved it!  I'd been dying to read it and was thrilled when it finally went on sale last week - for a day.  I cannot justify $15.99 for a book.  Not really.  So I waited. 

This book had everything I love about post-apocalyptic type stories.  It had characters that make you want to root for them because while they're good, they're also flawed in some way.  There's magical stuff - fairies and elves and magiks returning to this world.  The main characters are of assorted ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, (Nora still needs to work on her sexualities though).  There's evil that really gives you a chill.  There are friendships, there is some romance, but this is a book about The Doom and what immediately follows.  How life goes on even in the harshest and scariest of times.  And there are dogs.  Damn, I love Nora's dogs.  :)

It was a quick read for me.  I kept picking it up whenever I had a few spare minutes, anxious to see what was going on with my peeps.  And it would make a terrific TV series, I think.  A cross between Colony and The Walking Dead and Into the Badlands. 

So, while there is a satisfying ending to this book, it's not the end of the story by a long shot and you expect that.  This is a series of I don't know how many books - Nora's usual trilogy?  I don't know.  I just know I'm anxious to read the next one and if we don't revisit some of what have become my favourite characters, I'm gonna be pissed!  *LOL* 

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review 2018-08-20 10:46
Release Day Review! Darkest Heart (Dominion #1) Juliette Cross!
Darkest Heart - Juliette Cross

 

 

Wrong side of heaven...right side of redemption.

 

Anya—a stoic, blue-winged angelic warrior— was bitten by a demon prince in battle, and now she has precious little time to find a cure for his deadly venom. But the only archangel with the power to stop the dark poison from corrupting her body and soul is missing. She’ll have to trust her guide, the outcast high demon Dommiel, who is as handsome as he is dangerous if she has any hope.

 

An outcast of his own kind, high demon Dommiel stays under cover while the war between angels and demons rages on. But when the only person who ever showed him kindness asks for his help, he has no choice but to try to save the angel. Venturing back into the dens he has avoided for so long, Anya makes him want and feel things he never thought possible.

 

But Dommiel knows there is no way an angel can ever love a demon…

 

 

This forbidden love story is a fascinating and thrilling apocalyptic read that involves the war between heaven and hell and everything in between. Anya and Dommiel are two strong, entrancing characters that easily draw readers into their intriguing story, especially since love between an angel and a demon is a very unlikely relationship. The romance part of this story is sweet, yet rousing as it is full of steamy, zinging chemistry and fiery passion while the relationship has not only that major obstacle to be overcome but quite a few others and since both characters aren’t even remotely thinking of a relationship, but the chemistry keeps pulling drawing them together, letting the feelings sneak up on them.

 

The plot is fast paced and flows smoothly throughout the book, keeping readers glued to the pages with lots of excitement and danger as they face dangerous adversaries throughout their treacherous quest to find and free the archangel that can stop the ark poison that is corrupting Anya’s body and soul. There is lots of exhilarating battles and surprising twists that keeps readers glued to the pages and the author brings it all too vivid life so the readers can easily picture each and every scene as it happens.

 

Dominion is an apocalyptic world where heaven and hell are at war and the angels and demons fight among the humans and together with the fascinating characters gives readers an exciting experience as they become caught up in the story. I was completely caught up in Darkest Heart from the very beginning and found the world very intriguing with some fascinating unique elements to add that something extra to the story as well as the characters. I was especially fascinated by Dommiel as he is dangerous and sexy with some unique attributes, so I am looking forward to future books in this series.

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26877686-darkest-heart

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/darkest-heart-by-juliette-cross

 


The 1st book in the Dominion series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/237514-dominion

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G5K8LZJ?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

Author - https://www.juliettecross.com/dominion

 

 

which includes
The 1st book in the Dominion series

.5 The Deepest Well
1 Darkest Heart

& #2 Hard Fall (coming December 10, 2018)

 

 

Available in print or ebook at:

 

Entangled Publishing - https://entangledpublishing.com/darkest-heart.html

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G13C74Z/


B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/darkest-heart-juliette-cross/1129198358


iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/darkest-heart/id1419650289?mt=11


Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/darkest-heart

 

 

Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona.

 

Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

 

From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

 

Website - http://juliettecross.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7795664.Juliette_Cross

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/juliette-cross

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/juliettecrossauthor

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Juliette__Cross

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/crossjuliette/

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Juliette-Cross/e/B00MQ18Z1W/

 

 

 

 

 

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