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review 2016-11-05 00:00
The Secret of the Kelpie
The Secret of the Kelpie - Lari Don,Phil... The Secret of the Kelpie - Lari Don,Philip Longson 3 stars

Beautiful artwork but kind of a scary story. Flora and her siblings are almost tricked by a kelpie and drowned, but the clever, quick thinking girl saves all of their lives. I have known some rank horses in my life, but the evil kelpie makes them all look like kitty-cats.
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review 2016-05-06 12:56
I LOVED This Book!!!
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater

What a breath taking story. This lyrical work of art (Yes i said it!!) touched my soul, like no other book has before. The Scorpio Races is heartbreaking, bittersweet, cruel and yet, tender and beautiful.

The waterhorses were magical in there ferocity. I grew up on horses so it wasn't hard for me to imagine this incredible world, even if normal horses aren't man-eaters! lol. Though I imagine someone who doesn't know horse-jargon might be a little confused, to me it just made this story so much more.

My words are truly inadequate to explain how wonderful this book story was and how thankful I am to Stiefvater for writing it.

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text 2015-09-22 17:21
Magical Horses in Romance Novels
Protector of the Flight - Robin D. Owens
Unicorn Valley - Lena Austin
Lord's Fall - Thea Harrison
Lethal Rider - Larissa Ione
Light My Fire (Dragon Kin) - G.A. Aiken
Apparition - C.L. Scholey
Lord of Legends - Susan Krinard
The Soft Edge of Midnight - Stella Price,Audra Price
A Brush of Darkness Publisher: Pocket; Original edition - Allison Pang
Running Free - Jorrie Spencer

I spent some of my grow up life on a small farm. I had the required evil Shetland pony, a lovely Welsh pony, a fun Appolossa named JR, and a couple other horses now and then. I had to share them with my siblings, of course, but in my mind they were MINE. I was little. 

 

I like horses despite the Shetland who plotted my murder. I like magical horses even better. 

 

Here are some wonderful Romances with Magical Horses-- Talking Horses, Unicorns, Peguses, Demon Horses, Horse Shifters, Kelpie (water horse), Hippocampus, The Nuckelavee, Winged Unicorn, Wind Horse, Wihwin, Uchchaihshravas, Horse Familar, Horse from a Tattoo. You know, the usual...

 

My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy! 

 

1. Protector Of The Flight by Robin D. Owens 

 

If horses could fly...

Then Calli Torcher might ride again. But a devastating accident left her in such pain, she thought the chimes and chanting in her ears were a hallucination... until she found herself transported to another world, meeting the Lladranans who had Summoned her.

Lladrana was a parallel, magical earth filled with exotic creatures, noble humans and magic all threatened by an encroaching evil.

And when the mighty volarans stopped obeying the Chevaliers, the flying horses' unexpected rebellion had thrown Lladrana into an uproar. In desperation, the sorcerers had sought help from afar and gotten Calli. If she could fulfill this mission, perhaps she would also finally find all she had longed for a mate, a home, a family. But against this great darkness, she had no battle experience, no strategy plans. She had only a bond with horses

 

2. Unicorn Valley (Box Set) by Lena Austin

 

Lionel, one of the last Unicorn Valley Gryphons, is forced to choose his mate from among other shifters. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love with the Werebitch Teema, who has a few needs and demands of her own. Lionel’s foster brother Brolly falls for a shape -- and gender -- shifting Immortal, and Shadow, the future Unicorn Herd Stallion, loves an Elf. As if things couldn’t get any stranger, their mercenary Unicorn uncle Jamir is falling in love with both Moontyger and the Dragon Li Chin -- at the same time. 

Not everyone loves everybody in Unicorn Valley, but they try.

 

3. Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison

 

Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.

 

In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear…

 

4. Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

 

Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, ReganCooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.

Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.

 

5. Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken

 

The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight. . .gods! That endless name! 

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female. 

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming? 

 

6. Apparition by C. L. Scholey

 

Half Castian and half Tonan, Doss is considered nothing more than a Tonian hybrid. A being to be feared with the power to kill by penetrating what is supposed to be impenetrable. Loathed by many feared by more, Doss has spent the last seven hundred years alone, shunned by the Tonans on his planet. He preferred it that way until a nude female rider on a huge black stallion fleeing for her life catches his eye. If left alone both beast and human would be killed by their pursuant, an enraged Tonan warrior. When the scent of the female invades his nostrils Doss is captivated. He must have the female human and will go to great lengths to secure her safety.


Zoe hates both Castians and Tonans. The promise of salvation from dying Earth, on planet Ulsy, had been nothing more than a lie. Human males were slaughtered and human women were captured to lure secrets of the Castian planets, Bagron and co-planet Dargon, from enslaved warriors with the promise of sex. When met with the six foot six hybrid warrior who moved like an apparition in battle to save her and her beloved stallion, Caveat, Zoe is unsure what to do. She has no idea of his intentions, but from the shiver that runs down her spine she is certain she’s about to find out.

 

7. Lord of Legends by Susan Krinard

 

He is Arion, King of the Unicorns. Powerful, seductive, he could possess any female he desired--until now. He is condemned to live as a man, and it is only the enchanting Lady Mariah Donnington's innocence that can release him from his curse.

Abandoned on her wedding night, frightened of her hidden, otherworldly heritage, Mariah is instinctively drawn to the mysterious stranger she discovers imprisoned on her husband's estate. But as the secret of Arion's magical identity unfolds, their friendship burns into a passion that cannot, must not, be consummated. For to do so would destroy them both....

 

8. The Soft Edge of Midnight by Stella Price

 

Karsten Morris is different. As a member of The Agency he’s one of their 
most successful operatives, always claming its luck that brings him through. 
It’s true enough, as a stallion unicorn in full control of his powers, luck is 
the least of what he’s got going for himself. An old race from The Glimmer, 
he’s been cut off from his realm and has lost all hope of ever going home, 
or finding a mate, an elusive and possibly extinct mare unicorn. 

Illori Swain is starting a new life. After a horrific ordeal in Africa, being the 
personal good luck charm for a rogue Fallen Angel, she’s determined to 
put the past behind her and start over, even forget about her own nature 
if needed. As the last female unicorn left in the worlds, shes resigned 
herself to the fate her sisters choose. Until one fateful day in Glasgow. 

Karsten recognizes the mate he thought he’d never find and Illori hopes 
for a future with foals and love. But nothing is ever cut and dry. 

Sammael, a Fallen Angel and hunter for Lucifer, is charged with finding 
and dispensing with the Mare unicorn. Lucifer isn’t so forgiving these days, 
and Sammael is already on thin ice, but when the hunter finds out there’s 
some competition coming from the bowels of hell, his plans have to 
change. 

Nybras, Devil of the Maze and Keeper of the Pleasures of Hell is 
unsatisfied with his role in the mess of things below. When he hears 
of the new mission Sam is charged with, he takes action. 

When Nybras gets his hands on Illori, Karsten and Sammael have to 
create an uneasy partnership in order to save the girl and neutralize the 
threat to their respective ways of life. It won’t be easy, but when is 
anything ever worth it easy?

 

9. A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang

 

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.

 

10. Running Free by Jorrie Spencer

 

A year and a half ago, if someone had told Zach that he’d be guardian to the creature he distrusts most—a wolf shifter—he’d have laughed. A half-broken horse shifter as father figure? No way. 

 

Now, he’d kill to protect the pup he found lost in the woods—and he has. Which, unfortunately, has attracted the attention of Wolf Town’s alpha. 

Sally prefers to keep a low profile among her fellow shifters in Wolf Town. Yet when she’s asked to investigate a pup living outside the safety of the pack, she can’t bring herself to refuse. 

 

From the moment Zach meets the new piano teacher, his world tilts. Her scent gets under his skin. Her touch retrieves missing pieces of his memory. But even as their blazing attraction flares out of control, trust is the hardest to give, and the one thing they both need if they’re to save the boy from another attack.

 

I would love more! Let me know if you have any.  Vote on my Goodreads list: Magical Horses in Romance Novels

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review 2013-12-31 00:00
The Kelpie
The Kelpie - T.J. Wooldridge I would like to thank the publisher, Spencer Hill Press, for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not cloud my opinions in any way.

A well written middle school fantasy novel., The Kelpie brings to life so many things that children that age love to read about. There are fairy tales, folklore, ghosts, talking animals, dangerous situations and all narrated by an eleven year old girl. Readers of all ages will get swept up in to this story.

I wanted to give this book a full five stars, but am unable to. There are areas in the story that are just too drawn out, which I fear may make some readers put it down, and the fact that the girl involved is only eleven just doesn’t fit the character. I could see her as fifteen or sixteen, but at eleven I really don’t think she’d be taking on a Kelpie and then hiding it from her mom and dad.

Other than the above, the author sets up the characters very well. The description of them makes you feel like you are actually there with them all, you can make flesh out of them and they aren’t just one dimensional. The same goes for the scenery. At first I had a little hard time getting situated with the castle and stables, but before I knew it, I was very comfortable with everything. I also applaud the author in having a Cast of Characters at the beginning of the book. I referenced it quite a few times at the beginning just to educate myself on who’s who. I wish more authors did this when they have a huge characters base. At the end of the book, the author also has a type of glossary that explains some things a bit more, i.e. animal spirits and such. This will work extremely well for the newer reader.

I recommend this to all readers of light fantasy from ages 12 through adult. It’s a fun read that will not disappoint and will encourage reading of other books in the genre. This is the debut book from this author, and I look forward to further YA books from her.
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review 2013-04-02 17:52
The Kelpie's Pearls
The Kelpie's Pearls - Mollie Hunter,Stephen Gammell My teacher read this to my primary class many moons ago. I remember loving the story at the time, and the tricky old Kelpie in particular. I'm not even sure if this is still in print, it's a book I'd love to revisit and see if it still stands up. It's definitely one to look out for if you're a fan of folklore.
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