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review 2019-06-18 00:08
A Deal with Death - Carrie Pulkinen


Every time she meets her soulmate, Odette Allemand’s life ends in a horrific murder. She’s determined to survive this time, but a sexy werewolf seals her fate with his enticing kiss. James Malveaux wants to claim Odette as his mate, but without the help of the Spirit of Death, they can kiss their lives goodbye.


This New Orleans romance immerses readers into a chillingly wonderful culture that the author has brought to vibrant life. The characters are strong, bold and easily draw readers into their inner circle as they try to fight fate and unravel the mystery of their past lives. The romance is a very suspenseful one full of passion, chemistry and emotional angst that makes this heroine and hero life like and their situation very intriguing.


The fast paced plot builds the suspense up to hair raising and spine tingling heights as Odette and James try to appease Baron Semedi and the Loas in order to change their fate and defeat an evil monster. The setting of the story and the author’s wonderful depiction of the New Orleans and the Voodoo culture adds great ambiance to this story making it easy for readers to believe in and become completely caught up in this splendid and fascinating romance full of werewolves, spirits, chemistry and passion.


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review 2019-06-04 20:53
Review: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children - L. Kate Deal,Gertrude Chandler Warner

Title: The Boxcar Children
Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Series: The Boxcar Children #1
Format: paperback
Length: 160 pages



The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.


Favourite character: All of them!
Least favourite character: None of them!


This was so cute, I can’t believe I hadn’t read it before!

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text 2019-05-14 05:56
BookLikes Snakes and Ladders | Final Square Voting!
The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare
Mortal Arts - Anna Lee Huber
My Fair Concubine - Jeannie Lin
Mistress of Rome - Kate Quinn
Help me choose a book for Square 100!

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber
My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin
Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
Created with PollMaker

In keeping with my Reading Assignment Challenge, I need one more historical fiction book to finish this month's requirements, so this poll is made up of all historical fiction novels.  Also to give me an extra push, these are also all books that I already own and have been trying to find a chance to read since forever... except for Mistress of Rome, which was a fairly new addition to my digital shelves.

I don't know how long I'm going to keep this poll up, but it'll at least be for 24 hours to give lots of people a chance to vote.  Thanks, everyone!

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night.  Now there’s a new item on the list.  He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife.  When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly…  Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover.  She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly…  Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…


Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber

Scotland, 1830.  Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue—in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes.  After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care.  But the city is full of many things Kiera isn’t quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator—and romantic entanglement—Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.

Kiera’s old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but the arrival of his older brother—and Kiera’s childhood art tutor—William, has thrown everything into chaos.  For ten years Will has been missing, committed to an insane asylum by his own father. Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor’s plight, especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing.  Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend—and save the marriage of another…


My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin

The Nobleman Who Turned a Tea Girl Into a Princess...

Yan Ling tries hard to be servile—it's what's expected of a girl of her class.  Being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle.

Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit—until he realizes she's the answer to his problems.  He has to deliver the emperor a "princess."  In two months can he train a tea girl to pass as a noblewoman?

Yet it's hard to teach good etiquette when all Fei Long wants to do is break it, by taking this tea girl for his own...


Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

First-century Rome: A ruthless emperor watches over all—and fixes his gaze on one young woman...

Thea is a slave girl from Judaea, purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia.  Now she has infuriated her mistress by capturing the attention of Rome’s newest and most savage gladiator—and though his love brings Thea the first happiness of her life, their affair ends quickly when a jealous Lepida tears them apart.

Remaking herself as a singer for Rome’s aristocrats, Thea unwittingly attracts another admirer: the charismatic Emperor of Rome.  But the passions of an all-powerful man come with a heavy price, and Thea finds herself fighting for both her soul and her sanity.  Many have tried to destroy the Emperor: a vengeful gladiator, an upright senator, a tormented soldier, a Vestal Virgin.  But in the end, the life of Domitian lies in the hands of one woman: the Emperor’s mistress.



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/booklikes-snakes-and-ladders-final.html
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review 2019-05-13 03:08
The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
The Deal of a Lifetime: A Novella - Fredrik Backman

Title:  The Deal of a Lifetime

Author:  Fredrik Backman

Genre: Fantasy / Short Story

Year Published: 2017

Number of Pages: 65 pages

Date Read: 12/9/2017

Publisher: Atria Books   

Source:  Purchased

Content Rating:  Ages 15+ (Themes of Death and Parental Abandonment)




“The only thing of value on Earth is time. One second will always be a second, there’s no negotiating with that.” 

Now, I have been hearing so many good things about Fredrik Backman’s works for a while, especially “A Man Called Ove” and “Bear Town.” Even though I haven’t read either book yet (do not worry, that day will come), I still managed to stumble upon one of his books called “The Deal of a Lifetime” and man, was I totally blown away by this book!

The story starts out with a father telling his son the story about how he met a little girl in the hospital, who has cancer and about how he had actually taken a life away from someone. Well, that is not the full story: it turns out that the father had a dark past where he abandoned his wife and son for a life of fame and fortune many years ago. But, when the father ended up in the hospital and he find out that the little girl who was in the hospital because of her cancer, might not live long enough to experience life, the father decides that he must do something to ensure that the little girl survives, even if it means sacrificing his own life!

Wow! This book is simply amazing for one short novella! Fredrik Backman has done an excellent job at writing this story as I was seriously hoping that the father in the story would find some way to help out the little girl who has cancer, while trying to appreciate the importance of life and family. I loved the fact that Fredrik Backman focused on developing the father character in the book as it shows that the father went from thoughtlessly abandoning his family to pursue a life of fame and fortune to trying to sacrifice his own happiness to ensure that the little girl survives and it made me really connect to his character throughout the story. Despite the fact that this novel is extremely short (only sixty-five pages long) Fredrik Backman did a great job at writing out a full story about a father’s journey to becoming a more selfless person and it felt like the story really fleshed out the father’s character.

The only problem I had with this book is that the narrative tends to get a bit confusing at times, especially with the fact that the father is telling the story, but he is also telling the story to his son. Because of this, the story tends jump from the father’s point of view to the son’s point of view at the drop of a hat and it could confuse some readers about what is really happening in the story.

Overall, “The Deal of a Lifetime” is a truly fantastic story about redemption and learning about the importance of family and happiness that fans of Fredrik Backman’s works will enjoy!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2019-04-16 23:40
Great Read
Real Deal (Single Dads Club #1) - Piper Rayne

Real Deal by Piper Rayne is a fantastic contemporary romance.  The Piper Rayne duo has produced a book that is well-written and furnished it with outstanding characters.  Marcus is a single dad since his wife walked out him and their daughter Lily.  Cat is Lily's counselor at the day camp and has a short but humiliating past with Marcus.  Marcus and Cat's story is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle and a little suspense.  I enjoyed reading Real Deal and look forward to reading more from Piper Rayne in the future.  Real Deal is book 1 of the Single Dads Club Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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