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review 2018-06-21 10:00
New Release Review! (Chasing Dove (Branches of Emrys #4) Brandy L. Rivers!
Chasing Dove - Brandy L. Rivers

 

 

Secrets buried in the past will guide the way.

After solving the riddles of her father’s journal, Jacinda has finally found what she was looking for—and something she didn’t expect—love. With nightmares plaguing her, she runs away to protect the man who claimed her heart.

Unable to let her go, Chatan follows Jacinda, determined to prove she needs help. And not just his. She has more family than she believes, and they have the means and willingness to help stop Thanatos.

Chatan has to convince her running isn’t the answer while uncovering the deep secrets of the relics she's found, and how she can use them to stop Thanatos.

To finally free her from the past, they will have to discover dark pieces of their families’ history. Their destiny is entwined with a prophecy, an ancient war, and each other. What side will they choose?

 

 

Awesome! Chasing Dove, the conclusion to Jacinda and Chatan’s story, whom I met in Finding Hawk, is just as exciting as the beginning. In this half of the story, I was reunited with lots of the characters from Edenton and from the Branches of Emrys as well as introduced to new characters and even another fascinating place of magic called Pine Valley.

 

Chasing Dove is full of excitement, emotional turmoil, danger and of course the sweet and passionate romance between Jacinda and Chatan. Their romance is proving to be a very strong draw with a heartfelt and fulfilling attraction that readers can’t help but cheer them on to their very deserving happily ever after while they are discovering secrets from their pasts and discovering that their destiny is connected to a prophecy and an ancient war. There is never a dull moment to be found in this very thrilling story which has a kind of adventure feel to it as they travel to different places and rifts during their journey to discover how to defeat Jacinda’s lifelong enemy before he can become even stronger which adds a bit of urgency to the story as well ensuring that the readers stay on the edge of their seats throughout.

 

Brandy L. Rivers has such a gift for creating wonderful, exciting stories and her world of Others just continues to fascinate me and her characters are well developed and easily connected to and I can’t help but fall for each and every one. I love visiting each of the three series, Others of Edenton, Others of Seattle and the Branches of Emrys and I certainly can’t wait to visit some more and to discover even more magical places with fascinating and new characters is such an awesome addition to these worlds because that means that there is more possibilities for stories.

 


Chasing Dove

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38770111-chasing-dove

 

is the 4th book in the Branches of Emrys series

 

 

Series page - http://brandylrivers.com/branches-of-emrys/

 

& is part of the Others World

 

Others of Edenton - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-edenton/

 

Others of Seattle - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-seattle/

 

Reading Order for all 3 - http://brandylrivers.com/reading-order-for-others-of-edenton-and-others-of-seattle/

 

 


Chasing Dove is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - http://mybook.to/ChasingDove

 

GPlay - http://bit.ly/GoogleplayChasingDove

 

iBooks - http://bit.ly/ChasingDove

 

B&N - http://bit.ly/BNChasingDove

 

Kobo - http://bit.ly/KoboChasingDove

 


Brandy L. Rivers can be found at:

 

Website - http://www.brandylrivers.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054485.Brandy_L_Rivers

 

Facebook - http://facebook.com/brandylrivers

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/brandylrivers

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/brandylrivers

 

Tumbler - http://brandylrivers.tumblr.com/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brandy-l-rivers

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/brandy-l-rivers/author,3507281

 

 

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review 2018-06-19 10:00
Review! Finding Hawk (Branches of Emrys #3)Brandy L. Rivers!
Finding Hawk - Brandy L. Rivers

 

 

Armed with her father’s journal and his hawk pendant, Jacinda journeyed to Wanatoga to follow the clues to stop the evil hunting her bloodline. Before arriving at the reservation, she lands herself in a new batch of trouble.

 

On watch for proof of a plot to abduct and murder Others, Chatan spots a striking redhead he’s immediately drawn to. As he watches, Josephine’s goons capture and before he can make a move, she escapes and runs.

 

Luckily, she doesn’t run far, goes straight to the nearest Motel, that happens to be owned by his aunt. Without revealing his own secrets, he convinces her staying is the safest option and he’ll help her find what she’s looking for.

 

Jacinda’s escape only frustrates Josephine who hasn’t given up on capturing the powerful caster who got away.

 

The elders look for a way to stop the murders. An old story ties Jacinda and Chatan together while her search nears the end.

 


Wow! I just discovered that more Others exist in a place of magic, the Wanatoga reservation where Jacinda meets Chatan and takes us all on a dangerous and exciting journey as they find romance and go up against a formidable foe.

 

While all the new characters and previous characters are strong, compelling and easily draw you into their world, Jacinda and Chatan are the hero and heroine in Finding Hawk which is the third book in the Branches of Emrys series and they charismatic and courageous and their story is so very exciting. Their romance is sweet but full of issues that stem from emotional turbulence and an evil foe that has colored Jacinda’s past making her reluctant to let anyone in her life much less someone that feels so connected to. The chemistry between Jacinda and Chatan is undeniable and the attraction burns hot from every page but this relationship is one that keeps readers in suspense throughout the story.

 

The fast paced and undeniably thrilling story practically vibrates energy from every page as it keeps readers glued to the pages not only because of Jacinda and Chatan’s budding romance but Jacinda’s journey to defeat one foe has brought her to the attention of one an enemy that Chatan and his family has been trying to put an end to, so there are plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. And that’s not to mention all the intriguing magical events that help Jacinda discover more about her destiny and the fight ahead of her.

 

Okay, I have to tell you that this part of Chatan and Jacinda’s story ends with quite a spectacular battle and a nightmare but their complete story doesn’t end here so now I am on my way to read the next part of their story, Chasing Dove…I am so excited.

 


Finding Hawk

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38531990-finding-hawk

 

 

 

is the 3rd book in the Branches of Emrys series

 

Series page - http://brandylrivers.com/branches-of-emrys/

 

 

& is part of the Others World

 

Others of Edenton - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-edenton/

 

Others of Seattle - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-seattle/

 

Reading Order for all 3 - http://brandylrivers.com/reading-order-for-others-of-edenton-and-others-of-seattle/

 

 


Finding Hawk is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - http://mybook.to/FindingHawk

 

GPlay - http://bit.ly/GoogleFindingHawk

 

iBooks - http://bit.ly/FindingHawk

 

B&N - http://bit.ly/BNFindingHawk

 

Kobo - http://bit.ly/KoboFindinghawk

 


Brandy L. Rivers can be found at:

 

Website - http://www.brandylrivers.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054485.Brandy_L_Rivers

 

Facebook - http://facebook.com/brandylrivers

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/brandylrivers

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/brandylrivers

 

Tumbler - http://brandylrivers.tumblr.com/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brandy-l-rivers

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/brandy-l-rivers/author,3507281

 

 

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review 2018-03-20 16:33
Review of "Skyborn" (Dragons & Druids, #1) by Leia Stone
Skyborn - Leia Stone

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* 

 

Uneven read for me. I may or may not read another in the series. I think this is one where there's an interesting premise and story arc that was possibly more interesting in concept than execution -- tried a little hard to engage reader interest in places and was sometimes jarring in the romantic elements. For a random Kindle Unlimited borrow, it's very good (clearly was ready to publish, edited, etc.).

 

The premise is a young woman alone and on the run after accidentally transforming into a dragon. Sounded right up my alley (although she is not alone for very long with cleaner elements of joining what in other genres might be a milita or biker gang except no assault weapons or bikes and had werewolves and other shifters). 

 

Generally, I liked he main character. She had a TSTL moment from panic but otherwise thought through things (other than the unrelenting lust). Alone in the world, on the run from Hunter's after unexpectedly shifting into supernatural creature (dragon), with single parent mom dying of cancer when a preteen so unable to explain. Of course, the author also put in a lot of elements to ensure readers were sure to almost immediately like the good guys and hate the bad guys. Missed with me on one trope -- bully gets befriended so now all forgiven. A bit much that for centuries the hero had single handed ly been keeping humanity alive and safe from bad guys. Author's voice sounded young but author's note talked of husband and kids so maybe not.

 

By jarring in the romantic elements -- well, nothing horrible like lack of consent or abusive behavior with fated mate stuff. Actually, no sex on or off page in this one and not really explicit (PG13?). I actually liked these two together; no one stupid or being an inconsiderate douchebag. No, we-can/no-we-can't illogically back and forth. No sudden resolution because someone finally said something after endless chapters of silence. But, sheesh, the unrelenting lust on nearly every page. Okay, we get it. Lust and fated mate and presumably last two of their kind in the world. Leave some room for rest of story or go for it or even rewrite as erotica. Almost made me DNF except was a quick short read for the Bookshelf BINGO Immortals shelf (which was full of mostly things I already read or didn't want to).

 

Examples of the lust stuff that was a miss with me:

"I needed a hysterectomy or something.My dragon lady parts were malfunctioning and I was stuck in heat."

 

"Having a half-naked sexy dragon shifter with his arm around me … while he made plans to save his pet kitten … made my ovaries ache for his babies."


Okay, so not real fond of any of the places that actually said "lady parts" but that's a personal pet peeve.

 

I wanted to like this much more. I do like the main characters. It has elements that could lead to a great series. That's why I'm just not sure how I felt about it or if I liked enough to try the next in series. Despite being on the run, hunted by bad guys, and throwing in with strangers, it kind of lacked suspense -- I think because the bad guys lost too easily and someone with right powers or knowledge showed up or was conveniently ran into.


*©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 The Reading Room, 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 2018-03-19 18:14
Reading progress: 71%.
Skyborn - Leia Stone

"I needed a hysterectomy or something.

My dragon lady parts were malfunctioning and I was stuck in heat."

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review 2018-03-19 17:04
Basically, sisters suck . . . plus magic~
Daughters Of The Storm - Kim Wilkins

Disclaimer: Reviewing pre-publication paperback ARC/proof copy.

 

This wasn't the right fit for me, but the quality of writing and storytelling was excellent, so I'll try to give some detail so you can figure out if it's a match for your own tastes.

 

This is the story of five sisters as they try to save their father (the king) from a magical curse. Only, being as how they're sisters, they mostly fall prey to rivalries and selfishness and do more harm than good. It wasn't clear from the copy I had, but this looks like the first in a series, which makes a lot more sense. I found it pretty depressing, as it seems to be an excellent argument for sticking to one child per family, and it also delves into the sex lives (and terrible choices) of each sister, and as a general rule I find a person's sexuality to be the least interesting part of them. But, y'know, tastes differ and all that. It's adult fantasy, not really romance, so the scenes don't get excessively explicit or drawn out. Somewhere from 1-3 of the sisters have some level of spiritual/magical powers that get tangled with some potential psychosis, so that part was interesting and has potential. It was a surprisingly fast read considering its size.

 

I'm not terribly knowledgeable when it comes to high fantasy subgenres - this might be considered grimdark? Or crossover literary-fantasy? Not really to my tastes, but the writing was very well done and the storytelling was smooth, if a little slow at the start. It switches perspectives between all five daughters, their stepmother, their stepbrother, and maybe a couple more, I don't really remember, so that does make it hard to get into the story and build attachment to the characters up front. It was a fascinating choice in terms of storytelling and suspense, though, since it really lends itself to exploring the moral ambiguity and deceitfulness of characters. They each portray themselves as sympathetic and make observations on the others, and then you switch POV and get a different look at the same people and actions. So I think this would be an excellent book for the right reader (review: 3/5 for taste, 5/5 for quality), but just not right for me.

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