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review 2017-09-10 16:02
Review: The Disappearing Client (Spirelli Paranormal Investigations #1) by Kate Baray (2015)
Spirelli Paranormal Investigations: Episode 1 - Kate Baray

I always read more than a book at a time. Lately I find that I am not satisfied alternating between two long (longish?) books, so I’ll try reading shorter works along side longer works instead. This week I picked The Disappearing Client, the first episode of Spirelli Paranormal Investigations, an urban paranormal series, by Kate Baray first published in 2015.

 

The story opens with Jack Spirelli, a junk shop owner, and he just soft launched his investigating agency. He is human but connected to the magic-using community and the Inter-Pack Policing Cooperative that give him gigs. He floated the idea of hiring an assistant investigator and along came Marin, a human slash dragon applying for the job. After she was hired, off they go for their first job together. Their supposed body guarding job was changed to search and rescue when their client was no where to be found. What happened to her and could they find her in time.

 

Paranormal investigators of course reminds me of the Harry Dresden series. The use of “episode” format fits because this is short and like police procedurals in TV the main story is self-contained. The character stories, I hope, might continue on with the series as I am interested in revisiting the characters again.

 

 

Quick rating: I loved it.

 

Source: promdigeek.blog/2017/09/10/review-the-disappearing-client-spirelli-paranormal-investigations-1-by-kate-baray-2015
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review 2017-03-08 17:22
Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall - My Thoughts
Shadows & Dreams - Alexis Hall

A fun read, just like the first one.  Kate Kane is a tough cookie, very noir-like in inception and her adventures with the vampires, werewolves, faeries, and all sorts of different supernatural creatures are certainly filled with action.

The plot is twisty turny and non-stop.  We meet a ton of characters (old and new) and I find myself wondering if maybe there weren't a tad too many?   And not only were there many, Kate has probably slept with the majority of the ladies!  *LOL*  She likes her pleasures.  :)

So yes, a fun read and I have no idea why it took me so long to get through it.  There's a note in the back of the book about a #3 in the series coming, but I have the feeling that Alexis has moved on to other things.  I'd have read it though.

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review 2016-12-21 18:05
ARC Review: The Highland Curse
The Highland Curse (The Paranormal Adventure Series Book 2) - Shelby White
I received this ARC to give an honest review.
 
Like I said with the first book in this series this is a good book for teens to read. Honestly I would say if you are not scared of ghost then you will like this book. There isn't anything scary at all within the story.
In the Highland Curse we see that that the four girls are learning that the first spirit they brought back into the world by accident never really left. This is in book one, so if you haven't read it yet get to it.
Their psychic friend Lady Sky has given them books to help introduce them into this world of the paranormal which is pretty neat. So when they have to get rid of Jeremy once and for all it seems that it will open a portal but what will come through? 
We ended up getting a bit of a back story with who Lady Sky is, and I found her tale to be a bit unbelievable only because of the time frame that she lived in. Though that is just me, and I understand a book is not meant to be anything real. 
Overall this is a good book to read as it is simple and straight forward with the teen friends attempting to get rid of the spirits. I am ready to already read the next book to see what other spirits are out there. 
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review 2016-11-08 12:56
Review: The Ouija Board
The Ouija Board (Paranormal Adventure Series Book 1) - Shelby White

I received this book to give an honest review.

 

I love to read about ghosts and the paranormal. So when I saw this book and its title is The Ouija Board I figured it had to have some type of scariness to it. 

For me it was not scary at all which I think the teens or even maybe middle grade would like it. When I think of using a Ouija Board I think of the spirit or spirits that will causes havoc and drive you crazy possibly. It wasn't really like it with this book which I found a bit weird. 

So four best friends buy this Ouija board and try it out but what they don't realize that the board actually belonged to someone who has a scary past. This leads them to trying to find a way to get rid of this spirit but they may have unleashed something that is causing murders. 

Where we leave off it does have me intrigued to read the next book to see if the girls can ever get rid of this spirit and how.

I would have liked to have seen more scary stuff happening such as maybe lights flickering off and on, things being moved, more weird noises in the house. You know random things that ghosts do especially one that has been back to this world view a Ouija board. 

Other than that it was a good read, one that would be considered clean, and that I got to finish in one sitting.

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review 2016-08-17 04:18
The Heart Wants What it Wants
Tangle of Need - Nalini Singh

I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this. I wasn't sure I'd get into the story, with both of the characters dealing with angst at their past failed matings. It was such a great book. I don't know why I was surprised because Nalini Singh is a fantastic writer. I've tended to be more of a Psy fan for a while, and the latest books in the series that were Changeling/Changeling mating weren't my favorites. However, this book broke that negative streak for me. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Psy storyline is so prominent!

Riaz is a cool guy. He's a strong dominant, but he's also a very caring man. He comes off as being a jerk at first, but it's just him trying to deal with his soul-deep hurt. He's attracted to Adria, another dominant soldier in the SnowDancer pack. It's inconvenient and powerful. When she suggests they become lovers to deal with their need for skin to skin contact as changelings, he rebuffs her in a hurtful way. But he isn't able to stop his feelings for her.

I liked how Nalini Singh dealt with the idea of fated mates not working out like one would expect. In this case, Riaz fated mate is someone else and he can't have her. Adria chose a partner who wasn't strong enough to handle her as a dominant female. It broke her heart. She's not in a position to fall in love again. I like that she isn't going to let Riaz walk all over her. He has to earn her trust and she does continue to guard her heart because of the fact that she's not Riaz's true mate. However, their love grows naturally and deeply. It's almost as though the whole concept of fated mates is turned on its ears in this book. But it's done so well, I was happy with the result. I loved how Riaz continues to woo Adria and show his love for her.

The ongoing suspense story about the PsyNet breaking down--and Pure Psy's attempts to destroy it so that people can go back to their rigid and pure form of Silence--continues. This book follows up after Kiss of Snow and Sienna's manifestation as a powerful X-Psy, and what that means. Sienna and Hawke's relationship is still prominent in this book, but that's fine with me. I love them as a couple, and it's great to see how well things are going for them. The Arrows have their own plans in helping their people, and they form an alliance with Kaleb Krychek, a powerful Psy who has some motivations that aren't 100% clear. And there's some very good news for a past mated pair.

This storyline just continues to grow and the connection between the Psy, Changelings, and Humans becomes more rich and complicated with each book. The Humans aren't the frail, ineffectual agents in this world that one might believe. Far from it.

I'm so excited to read Kaleb, Vasic and Aden's book. When I started this book, I was mainly just reading it so I could make it to the next books, which are Psy-oriented. But I ended up enjoying this enormously.

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