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review 2017-11-08 13:09
My Review of A Threat of Shadows
A Threat of Shadows (The Keeper Chronicles) (Volume 1) - JA Andrews

A Threat of Shadows by J.A. Andrews is the first book of The Keeper Chronicles. We follow Alaric on his journey to find a cure for his dying wife.


I just love J.A.'s writing style. She lured me in with the first sentence and kept my attention throughout the book. I fell in love with the characters. They were believable to the point of making sure I had tissues on hand. This is a wonderful love story? Maybe...but definitely a story of determination and love so strong that you have to ask yourself, "How far would I go for a loved one?" Truly an amazing tale. I can't wait for the next book!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-08 02:48
Keeper of the Dawn - Dianna Gunn
Keeper of the Dawn - Dianna Gunn

When I first picked this up at WorldCon, the blurb and the good-looking cover were enough to make me think it would be my kind of thing, despite being a) a novella, which can be frustrating at times, and b) Young Adult, with all the possibilities for angst and being TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) that can include.


Anyway, our protagonist Lai is a teenager who has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother and become a priestess of the goddesses worshipped by her desert tribe. In order to achieve this, she has to go through various rituals, some martial in nature, and while she has significant chunks of thinking 'why can't everyone get to be a priestess?' that doesn't stop her from killing someone in her quest to get that position for herself. 


Unfortunately for Lai, the goddesses clearly have other plans for her and after she's unsuccessful, she runs off to a faraway country in order to turn her fighting skills into cash. While there, working for a particular insalubrious merchant, Lai hears rumours of another bunch of folks who worship the same goddesses her tribe did and decides to join them. This looks like a prime opportunity for her to find her place in the world, a.k.a. Plan B. 


In itself, the whole set-up of this novella is fairly robust but there are a couple of things that niggled with me: firstly, I didn't really care about any of the characters, including Lai, which makes the whole novella a bit of a hard sell. I think that if it had been a novel, I probably wouldn't have finished it. There's also a bit of a pacing issue towards the end: at one point Lai travels for months to get to where the eponymous Keepers of the Dawn are based, then has to go back home to fulfil a prophecy, only for her return journey to be summed up in a single sentence worrying about the reception she'll get from the girlfriend she left behind. 


So, in summary, a pleasant enough tale but not earth-shaking and one I'm fairly glad I picked up for free. 

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review 2017-09-18 17:01
My Review of A Keeper's Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon
A Keeper's Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon - T.J. Andrews

A Keeper's Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon by J.A. Andrews is a story about Tomkin Thornhewn, and his boredom with his role in life. He decides to seek out a dragon he heard tale of.


This is a wonderful story of courage and romance. I loved the way Andrews told this story. I was sucked in from the start. I'll definitely be reading more of her work.

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text 2017-08-30 19:06
Coming Soon?
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Glass Houses - Louise Penny
The Snake, the Crocodile & the Dog - Elizabeth Peters
Heartless - Gail Carriger
The Peach Keeper - Sarah Addison Allen
Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
A Study In Scarlet Women: The Lady Sherlock Series - Sherry Thomas
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Copper Beach - Jayne Ann Krentz
The Ghost and the Graveyard - Genevieve Jack

Just some possibilities I have in mind.

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review 2017-08-30 15:11
Keeper (Harris Brothers) by Amy Daws
Keeper - Amy Daws


I'm new to Ms. Daws' work, but have already fallen hard.  Poppy and Booker are a reminder that the people we need and love are the one's we take for granted the most. There was always that hint of something more hovering in the background, but life got in the way and feelings were a casualty of that.  Against the backdrop of sports and the nostalgia of old friendships, two people set about rebuilding a bond never meant to be broken and find love along the way.  Keeper proves that the best love stories are the one's that take their time to develop into something more.

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