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review 2019-05-18 16:42
Review ~ Decent read
Fate Forged (Bound Magic Series #1) - B.P. Donigan

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


Maeve O’Neill has been having terrible nightmares lately. They seem so real and they’re beginning to interfere in her daily life, so she decides to find the place in her dreams and put them to rest once and for all. But what she does instead is turn her life upside down.  Nothing is what she thought, not even herself. Now she has to trust a stranger to help her before she ends up dead. She’s never been good at trusting, but dead seems so much worse, so trust it is.


The beginning of this story will draw you in and not let go. It’s a bit confusing at first as to who are the white hats and who are the black hats, but it plays out in a surprising way. Maeve is a bit too wimpy at times for me, but overall she doesn’t take much shit from anyone. I love the twist and turns her path takes, but the final conflict falls flat for me. I also have a hard time with the insta-love. I just don’t feel any build up for it. It’s just suddenly there. I love the world and the characters though. All-in-all this is a great tale about magic, discovering yourself, and standing against corruption.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/05/fate-forged.html
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review 2019-05-16 18:16
Review ~ DNF
Wolf Song - Frank W Smith

DNF @26%


Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


Werewolves and vampires exist and they hate each other. They try to stay out of each other’s way, but the vampires have gotten bolder lately. When Jon the werewolf prevents a vampire from killing someone in his territory he kills her instead. And that pretty much starts a shitstorm.


The blurb sounded great when I came across it, but the execution lacks. I tried so hard to like this, but I couldn’t. Now, I know I got this book a few years ago, so it’s possible it may have been revised so take that into consideration. But this edition, for me, falls flat. The writing is choppy and uneven. The dialogue is painful. The Big Bad is trying too hard to be Hugely Bad & Evil and the werewolves are the picked on white hats who are just trying to live their supernatural life under the radar. I made it to 26% before I realized I don’t care what happens to anyone. And when you don’t care you waste your time. So, I’m moving on.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/05/wolf-song.html
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review 2019-05-14 15:59
Review ~ Meh
Love-Lines - Sheri Langer

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


Fordham Price is just trying to juggle home, family, and a job while serial dating to hopefully find a companion so she doesn’t end up alone. Or at least find someone worthy enough to scratch the sex itch. But she’s not having any luck. Her life gets even more complicated when a co-worker ups and leaves and her boss drops the book she was working on into Fordham’s lap. After whining for quite some time, so pulls up her big girl panties and digs in.


It’s not often I pick up a book by Red Adept Publishing and end up not liking it. The blurb for this one sounded pretty good, so I dug in. And found I didn’t care for Fordham. At all. Man, what a whiner. When her old flame blows into town and picks up with her like the years in-between never existed, I did not like or trust him. But Fordham ate him up like he was the biggest, juiciest, chocolate-covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries.


I love Whitty, Fordham’s 10-yr-old daughter and her mom (who lives with them), but Fordham just got on my nerves too much to enjoy the book. The writing itself is great though and maybe I’m being too picky. I’m sure there are others out there who would sympathize and connect with Fordham, but unfortunately I’m not one of them.

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review 2019-05-11 22:29
Review ~ Awesome!
Unmasking Miss Appleby - Emily Larkin

Book source ~ NetGalley


Charlotte Appleby is living a miserable life with her aunt and uncle. Sure she has a roof over her head and food to eat, but they treat her like crap. So when a Faerie shows up in her room on her 25th birthday and says she has to bestow a gift on her, what’s a woman to do? Pick one and get the hell out of Dodge, that’s what. Charlotte chooses the gift of metamorphosis or shape-changing. The best part is: it’s not just shape-changing, it’s life-changing for Charlotte.


This is one of those books that will grab your fancy and not let go until the end. Charlotte has to pick a gift and the Faerie bestowing it is not like the fairy godmother in Cinderella. She’s like the ones in Grimm Fairy Tales, she may have to bestow a gift, but she’s going to be cruel if she can get away with it. Charlotte is no dummy though and asks questions and carefully weighs her options before choosing her gift.


The year is 1805 and Charlotte’s options are limited. So she decides to shift into a man and apply as a secretary to a Lord from an ad she sees in the paper. She may be a poor relation now, but at one time her mother and father made sure their daughter had a well-rounded education. She’s confident she can do the job. She’s not so sure about being a man. Luckily, Lord Cosgrove takes a chance and hires her, uh, him, uh, Charlotte who is now Christopher Albin. Lord Cosgrove is having some difficulties that a mere secretary would have a hard time helping him to investigate. But Charlotte is in a unique position. She can change into any person or animal and sneak into places neither one could go. The plot is twisty, the characters are wonderful, and Charlotte’s adventures into shape-shifting are fun to witness. Add some romance to the mix (it’s complicated) and it’s the perfect storm. I had a hard time putting this book down. I couldn’t wait to see what was on the next page. Who was the one causing Cosgrove all the trouble? When would he find out about her shape shifting? What would happen when he did? The suspense builds at a steady pace until the big finale. Wonderful!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/05/unmasking-miss-appleby.html
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review 2019-05-02 16:05
Review ~ It's ok
Only the Rain - Randall Silvis

Book source ~ Kindle First


Russell works in a quarry, is a veteran, husband, and father to 2.5 kids. He and his wife are living the American Dream. They’ve got decent jobs, just bought a home, and are waiting for their 3rd child. Then everything goes sideways. One decision, one mistake, one out-of-his-control event, and now everything he’s ever wanted is all in jeopardy.


The storytelling in this book is a bit different. Russell is writing to an Army buddy through emails, reflecting on the events that led him to what happened, how he screwed up, and how he managed to make things right again. But are things right? Will things ever be right again? No. They can’t after what’s happened. But hopefully they can move on. I’ll be honest, this isn’t the greatest story out there. But it is compelling enough to keep a person reading, to see how Russell is going to get through this terrible fuck up. I have to admit I didn’t see that ending coming. I envisioned something else, but I’m satisfied with how it played out.  My favorite character is Russell’s grandpa, Pops. What a cool guy! All-in-all a decent read.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/05/only-rain.html
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