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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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review 2019-04-18 19:59
Barbie Doll Fashions: Vol. 1, 1959-1967 by Sarah Sink Eames
Barbie Doll Fashions 1959-1967 - Sarah Sink Eames

I know you were all waiting for more photos of Ken and Barbie! But first, the book:


The reason to get the Sarah Sink Eames books is simple: her photos are the best. There may be some accessories not pictured or one that is the wrong color, there may be some variations that hadn't been verified yet at publication, but, by using one of the many other options out there to double-check some information, and let's face it people if you are collecting Barbie you are getting ALL the books, the photos in this book are the clearest, biggest and best displayed of any other book I've seen.


Eames was an expert and published at the height of the market, meaning that publishers were willing to invest in a glossy book with superb quality pictures. There will never be another book like this again, I guarantee it. The prices are also tucked away in the back of the book out of sight, which is nice because prices are in such flux these days I would never trust it even if the book was brand new, and now that the book is itself vintage they would only be a distraction.


This book covers the years when the first Barbies were being produced. From 1959 to 1967 there were significant changes to Barbies hair, "makeup" and body while keeping the same head mold. These changes were cosmetic or in response to production flaws. #1 Barbie, for example, had holes in its feet for an 'invisible' doll stand, but drilling the vinyl legs proved too costly. The color in the vinyl was also unstable and the first produced Barbies have all faded to the white complexion seen on the doll on the cover. Cover girl is also wearing one of three outfits that was only produced in 1959. Way out of my league, of course, but a boy can dream. After 1967 Barbie got a new face mold, the original Ken was discontinued as well as the most of the other friends and family to make room for the next generation.


Along with the clear photos of the outfits and accessories and certain other fashion-related sets (pictured here are only those sets that had a unique item of clothing in them so play-sets such as various Dream Houses, Little Theater and Goes to College are not included) Eames does write-ups that attempt to inject humor and storytelling into the hobby. Mileage may vary. My husband appreciated it, it was a little twee for me. Dignity, always dignity in doll collecting.


For your entertainment:


A basic ponytail Barbie, #5 I believe (c1961), because of her coloring and body, but I'm far from mastering the dating system. The books I've read don't cover those variations in depth, only the fashions. She would have had sunglasses and "pearl" post earrings that if left in would have turned her ears green. You see a lot of that because these dolls were often put away for such long periods, but there's a method to reverse it if the collector wants to take a chance and if the tarnish isn't too deep.



Below is a painted-hair Ken in the plain red jersey suit and a stiff striped jacket. His cork sandals and a borrowed towel (by this time Ken stopped coming with it) are at his feet. This guy is special, too, because he is what is known as a "Shorty" Ken. They are 1/4" shorter than standard because of a different "stockier" body mold. They were produced in the United States in 1963 presumably as an experiment. They were not up to the standards of the Japanese produced dolls, however, and it didn't continue. Thinking about it, I should have done a side by side comparison. Oh well.



Barbie is great and all, but ever since I learned of their existence I've loved these two. This is Ken's buddy Allan (1964-66) and Barbie's best friend Midge (1963-66) in their original swim suits. Midge came in three different hair colors, each with a different suit combination.



Of course I have to include Skipper (1964-66)! Pictured here in "Red Sensation" (1964-65), sans sun hat, accompanied by a Bubblecut Barbie (1961-67) wearing "Garden Party" (1962-63) with an off-brand necklace (DON'T TELL) and walking her poodle in only some of the "Dog 'n Duds" (1964-65) he came in.



Here's some fun ones. Unfortunately, I don't have any of the Little Theater costumes intact enough to display, but here is a flocked-hair Ken (1961-62) in "Masquerade" (1963-64). I took off the cap and hat so you can see the hair, which is thinning. The flocked hair was discovered to come off when wet or handled roughly, which is why his hair began to be painted.

Though clowns are creepy, it's cool that matching black & yellow outfits were made for Barbie, Skipper and the dog!

The blonde ponytail Barbie (another #5) is dressed up in "Barbie in Holland", part of the travel series of 1964 where Ken and Barbie had matched outfits for various exotic destinations (check out her "wooden" shoes!).



Finally, because early Barbie was all about elegance here's a lemon swirl ponytail Barbie (1964) with a blonde painted hair Ken. He's in his "Tuxedo" (1961-65) with an incorrect black tie (it should match the cummerbund). Barbie is in "Enchanted Evening" (1960-63), but missing her pearl choker and drop earrings.



There's a lot going on and I didn't even get into the bend-leg styles. Another time. We have the summer coming up which means it'll be time to hunt the shops some more.


Anyway, back to the book - because of the very few, slight inaccuracies present in the photos I can't say these are the only books you'll need, but I recommend them as valuable supplements to the casual and serious collector who wants a better angle on many sought-after items.


Barbie Doll Fashions:


Next: 'Vol. 2, 1968-1974'

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text 2019-04-18 16:01
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 262 pages.
Tales from Watership Down - Richard Adams

Folk hero cum trickster spirit, El-ahrairah, goes on a quest to find the sense of smell for rabbits!

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text 2019-04-18 12:25
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 501 pages.
More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol 2 - Francis Darwin,Charles Darwin

Correspondance with Wallace about geopgraphical distribution of species, dispersal mechanisms and the coming and going of continents ~100 years before any real understanding of how continental formation and destruction might actually occur.

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text 2019-04-18 09:38
Reading progress update: I've read 4%.
The Wolf and the Watchman - Niklas Natt och Dag

Only just started but part of me is already sighing.So far this seems quite dreary. Maybe dreary is what the author is aiming for but I can live without thirteen hours of dreary.


I'll give it another hour and then decide if it's for me.

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