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text 2018-08-18 21:49
Reading progress update: I've read 424 out of 424 pages.
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

Loved it 

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review 2018-08-16 21:21
Book Review of Sentinel (Book One of the Sentinel Trilogy) by Joshua Winning
Sentinel - Joshua Winning

This is a fantastic start to what looks like an exciting trilogy! I loved it!

Nicholas Hallow is a fantastic character. I liked him very much; and felt extremely sorry for him, as he dealt with a tragedy that destroyed his world. When he is sent to live with his godmother, Nicholas has no idea what mystery and danger awaits him.

This is an exciting, danger-filled YA Fantasy novel set it Cambridge, England. I found myself completely hooked from the first page! The characters come alive as the tale unfolds. Samuel Wilkins is Nicholas's parents friend. I liked his spirit! At 71 years old, he's still got a lot of it! Nicholas's godmother seemed a bit flighty to me, but when I read the full story of how she became that way, I could understand why. She's a powerful witch, but emotionally damaged by an event in her past. Isabel is a unique character, and her snarky and sarcastic comments had me giggling! I liked her very much! It's amazing what havoc a misfired spell can do to your perspective! However, there is one character that sent chills down my back, and her name is Malika. She is a creepy and dangerous individual! Well, I suppose you would have to be, working for a demon!


I struggled to put this book down, and couldn't wait to get back to it when I had to! There are several twists and turns in this book that I didn't see coming, but they just added to a totally enthralling read! By the end of the book I still had some questions that needed to be answered, such as: Why were the Sentinels created/formed? Who or what is Esus? And, what will happen next? I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy as soon as I can!

Joshua Winning has written a debut novel that had me sitting on the edge of my seat! I loved his fast paced writing style, which made the story flow beautifully. This author is one to watch. If he's not careful, he'll be on my favourite authors list in no time at all! 

As this book is a Young Adult fantasy, I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 12+, and adults who love YA stories filled with witches, demons, supernatural beings, danger and adventure! - Lynn Worton

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review 2018-08-16 10:00
Release Week Review! Denied (Sazi of Luna Lake #3) Cathy Clamp!
Denied - Cathy Clamp

 

 

A Novel of the Sazi

 

The thrilling stand-alone conclusion to the paranormal fantasy Luna Lake series, packed with action and romance

 

Cathy Clamp's landmark, USA Today bestselling Sazi series concludes with Denied, a thrilling paranormal love story.

 

Anica Petrovic was once human. Now she's Sazi, a bear-shifter and a hero for destroying a European kidnapping ring that was turning human children into shifters. Anica has embraced her Sazi self; and is settling into Luna Lake with her father and brother, happy to live in a shifter community where all are welcome. Love is in the air between Anica and a mysterious newcomer, Tristin, and between Anica's brother and Scott, an owl-shifter who worries about his family's reaction when they scent his attraction to another man.

 

A series of violent murders rocks the town. The killings appear to have been done by a bear. Anica's super-sensitive nose tells her Tristin, also a bear-shifter, is innocent of the murders...but that he's hiding something dangerous.

 


The conclusion to the “Sazi of Luna Lake” trilogy is a thrilling and energetic read that keeps readers on the edge.

 

Anica and Tristin are two strong, vibrant characters that easily draw the readers in and hold them hostage throughout their story. The relationship between these two is full of suspense, emotional turmoil and undeniable sizzling chemistry and two characters that aren’t sure about this mating be in anyway something that they want. Tristin is a mysterious and sexy shifter that sparks the readers’ imagination as much as he sends sparks flying in every direction while Anica is new bear shifter that is curious and readers can’t help but get caught up in her enthusiasm and sparkling energy.

 

The smooth flowing plot is fast paced and full of thrills, suspense and magic that keeps readers hanging on to every last world in anticipation of what will happen next while surprising twists keep them guessing whether the good guys will come out on top. The author makes the story come alive with well written words that paints vivid imagery and makes it easy for the reader to picture each and every scene.

 

The world of the Sazi is creative, well developed and full of fascinating and unique shifters that makes each book an adventurous and romantic read that has readers wanting more. Having read the Tales of the Sazi series is not necessary in order to enjoy the Sazi of Luna Lake trilogy but reading will enhance your enjoyment as some of the events that take place are the result of previous events and readers get to know the previous characters that do make appearances in this series. I for one hope that there are future books in the Sazi world like maybe the children of the Sazi…

 

 

Denied

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36855198-denied

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/denied-by-cathy-clamp

 

 

is the 3rd and final book in The Sazi of Luna Lake Trilogy

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/160118-luna-lake

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078XK4DY1?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

which includes
1 Forbidden
2 Illicit
3 Denied

 


& follows the Tales of the Sazi series by Cathy Clamp & C.T. Adams

 

Author - http://www.cathyclamp.com/tales-of-the-sazi/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/42801-a-tale-of-the-sazi

 

 

 

Denied is available in Trade Paperback at:

 

MacMillan / Tor - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765377241

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0765377241?tag=macmillan-20

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/denied-cathy-clamp/1127032879?ean=9780765377241

 

BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9780765377241

 

IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780765377241

 

Powells - http://www.powells.com/partner/33241/biblio/9780765377241

 

 

& in ebook at:

 

MacMillan / Tor - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765377241

 

Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X2NRLG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270488014&tag=macmillan-20

 

Nook - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/denied-cathy-clamp/1127032879?ean=9781466854628

 

eBooks - http://www.ebooks.com/aff.asp?AID=42567&term=9781466854628

 

GPlay - http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9781466854628

 

iBooks - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781466854628?&ct=macdotcom

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/denied-6

 

 

Hi, I’m USA TODAY and Nielsen Bookscan bestselling author Cathy Clamp. I write urban fantasy/paranormal romance for Tor Books, including the Tales of the Sazi (shapeshifter urban fantasy romance) series, The Thrall (vampire) trilogy, the Blood Singer (urban fantasy, as Cat Adams) series—through book 6, and the new Novels of the Sazi series, beginning in August, 2015.

 

I’ve won a bunch of awards for my books over the years. My favorite was the Career Achievement Award for Paranormal Romance in May, 2008 from RT Bookreviews Magazine. I also shared the win for several co-authored books with C.T. Adams of the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the RT Bookreviews Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Reviewers International Award of Excellence, the Texas Gold Romance Award, the Write Touch Readers Award, and several others. It’s gratifying and humbling to win awards for books that you put your heart into, and I hope you enjoy them as much as other readers have!

 

I’ve also written several stand-alone novels, not in series, including my very first novel, The Road To Riches, an historical fiction about a railroad race in Colorado’s Silver Boom period, and Magic’s Design, the first urban fantasy published as Cat Adams.

 

I also write short stories, which is a whole different kind of writing.. I like writing in a lot of different genres, and it’s in short stories where I let my wings spread. I have published short stories in horror, science fiction, mystery, literary, Young Adult, romance, thriller, fantasy and western.

 

I’m represented by Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House, who is the best agent a writer could ask for! If you are interested in rights purchases, you can reach her at:

 

Merrilee Heifetz
Writers Hous
21 W. 26 St.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 685-2400
(212)685-1781 (fax)

 

I live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, which actually looks like mountain range that runs across the center of Texas. In geologic terms, a “mountain” is generally considered to be a minimum of 2,000 feet elevation. Anything below that is a “hill”. So, Texas has hills, instead of mountains. (But you’d barely notice the difference!)

 

 

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

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cathy-clamp

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/cathyclamp

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009216026845

 

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/pub/cathy-l-clamp/8b/806/15

 

AbsoluteWrite - http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums

 

CoffeetimeRomance&More - http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/

 

 

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-16 09:45
Reading progress update: I've read 275 out of 424 pages.
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

what the hell  did  the guards  drug  kell

 

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review 2018-08-15 10:00
Review! Snowbound (Secret Heart Ink #1) Deborah Cooke!
Snowbound - Deborah Cooke

 

 

Flatiron Five has a new tattoo shop—run by the enigmatic and legendary tattoo artist Chynna. When the moon is full, Chynna creates one tattoo to set two hearts afire and gives it away, with the goal of making romantic dreams come true. Who will be next?

 

Olivia trusts in here-and-now...
Olivia doesn’t believe in magic or everlasting love—she’s a scientist, after all—but winning a tattoo from Chynna convinces her to take a chance. She’s always admired her best friend Lexi’s big brother Spencer, maybe because opposites attract. What would it be like to seduce him? Would it end her fascination with him? With a little help from her friends and a blindfold, Liv decides to find out. The bonus is that Spencer will never know his secret lover was her…

 

Spencer believes in forever.
But Spencer guesses the truth almost right away. He’s good with having Olivia want him—having her alone in his cabin is the perfect chance to teach her to trust sensation and him. A blizzard interferes with Olivia’s plan, giving Spencer more time to work his own persuasive magic. He knows a night or two will only be the beginning of what he wants to last forever. Can he convince Olivia to give love a try, or will she leave him forever as soon as the snow melts?

 

 

The first book in the “Flatiron Five” spin off is a delightful contemporary romance full of passion and magical charm.

 

The characters are strong and easily connected to, drawing readers in and holding them hostage with their story. The romance is sweet but has a major obstacle, Olivia doesn’t believe in love but she does believe in passion and she’s wanted Spencer forever so with a little help she decides to engage in a one night stand which is one hot night with lots of sizzling chemistry and heated passion. Spencer want more than one night and the readers are held captivated by the suspense and the hope that Olivia will reach for that happily ever after that readers long for. The plot is fast paced and flows smoothly from start to finish with beginning adding a magical element to the story that adds a little something extra to this enchanting romance.

 

This is the first contemporary romance that I have read by Deborah Cooke and I have to wonder –what was I thinking! I am certainly intrigued with the “Flatiron Five” series and the “Secret Heart Ink” series so I have added them all to my TBR pile.

 


Snowbound

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39326114-snowbound

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/snowbound-by-deborah-cooke

 

Author - https://deborahcooke.com/deborah-cooke-books/secret-heart-ink/snowbound/

 

 

 

is the 1st book in the Secret Heart Ink series

 

Author - https://deborahcooke.com/deborah-cooke-books/secret-heart-ink/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBC4211?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.ca/Cooke_Delacroix/secret-heart-ink/

 

 

which includes


1 Snowbound
2 Spring Fever
3 One Hot Summer Night

 

 

& is the spinoff series of Flatiron Five

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/213426-flatiron-five

 

Author - https://deborahcooke.com/deborah-cooke-books/flatiron-five/

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBFZ665?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.ca/Cooke_Delacroix/flatiron-five/

 


Snowbound is available in print or ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BF56MYN/?tag=authdebocook-20

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/snowbound/id1346848281?mt=11&at=11lqeS

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/snowbound-deborah-cooke/1127942220?ean=2940158899201

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/snowbound-60

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Deborah_Cooke_Snowbound?id=6JtQDwAAQBAJ

 

Direct from Deborah Cooke - http://selz.co/VkVRYXWtE

 

 

For print options see the author's book page (link above).

 

 

Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

 

Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of Novelists Inc.

 

Currently, she’s writing paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke, and medieval romances as Claire Delacroix.


Website - http://deborahcooke.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005984.Deborah_Cooke

 

Blog - https://deborahcooke.com/blog/

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/Cooke_Delacroix/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Cooke_Delacroix

 

SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/debclaire

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahCookeFanPage

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DeborahCooke_writer

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/deborah-cooke

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/deborah-cooke/author,391126

 

Claire Delacroix -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12694.Claire_Delacroix

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix/

 

Claire Cross -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74485.Claire_Cross

 

 

 

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