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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-06-21 16:01
Immortown by Lily Markova (2015 Review)
Immortown - Lily Markova

ImmortownImmortown by Lily Markova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Famous actress Freya Auror suddenly finds herself in a very odd town where the townsfolk spend all their time consuming powerful substances and killing themselves. She soon discovers she's trapped, yet not all hope is lost. Maybe there's a way out for her, a way to escape the clutches of Immortown. Or just maybe she'll remain there until she fades...

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. My thanks goes to Lily Markova for giving me the opportunity!

In truth, I'm not a believer in life after death or anything like that, but Immortown definitely left me thinking and probably will continue to do so for a while to come. I didn't know what to expect and from what initially started off as serious confusion, turned to fascination as the story progressed and events were explained. I've never read anything quite like it before so, for me, it was certainly unique. Markova clearly has a lot of talent, from the way she writes to the overall tone of her work; the latter being how well she implemented the dark, disturbing feel yet could pull off the occasional humour. Despite that, I feel it took me a lot of effort to read it - I had to pay the utmost attention or I feared I'd miss something relevant; even minor distractions forced me to go over passages more than once. It was easy to lose place of what was happening amongst the lengthy narrative which whilst oftentimes beautiful, also dragged on in other areas. I struggled to rate it, but after some consideration I decided firmly upon the four stars; I really think it deserves such, given my overall enjoyment and the unmistakable thought that's been put into it.

Freya Auror was, in short, a troubled character. I know what it's like to lose someone extremely important and feel like letting go, so I could somewhat relate to her in the way that she lost herself to what she enjoyed doing; for her, it was the acting and the roles she played, such as Astra. She was also a woman enthralled by art, which in itself is characteristically attractive as it's so rare this day and age. I didn't particularly understand her connection to Kai, but I think she was the only one to truly see he wasn't the supposed villain everyone thought he was. Yes, perhaps he was a selfish man, but the burning of Immer wasn't exactly intentional. I actually really liked him, even though he wasn't perfect; quite the opposite in fact. He held an air of mystery and attitude that I found appealing. The childish India, her husband Remy and Chace were also good characters and of course, "Dude", who added some comic relief yet still succeeded to be a haunting figure. I wasn't fond of Kristle, but I suppose that was the whole point.

Indeed, the entire book was about death and suicide, but it was an intriguing take on things. It wasn't just a typical, simple purgatory tale, but something I found original. As I've already mentioned, the beginning had me scratching my head several times, but I'm glad I didn't let it scare me away. Eventually, it all clicked and that, when you sit back and realise all the ties are coming together and making sense, is a great and satisfying thing to experience. The two PoV's complimented and fit together nicely and the plot itself, whilst not action-packed, still greatly entertained.

In conclusion: A very deep and thoughtful read; one I found myself impressed with. I can't help but wonder about the aftermath of Immortown. Will there be a sequel? It surely looks like it could be continued, so fingers crossed! I'd be very interested in reading more just like this.

Notable Quote:

"You know, when people lose someone, they are horrendously hypocritical. They don't pity the ones gone; they mourn themselves for being left without something familiar or loved."

© Red Lace 2015


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review 2018-06-21 10:00
New Release Review! (Chasing Dove (Branches of Emrys #4) Brandy L. Rivers!
Chasing Dove - Brandy L. Rivers

 

 

Secrets buried in the past will guide the way.

After solving the riddles of her father’s journal, Jacinda has finally found what she was looking for—and something she didn’t expect—love. With nightmares plaguing her, she runs away to protect the man who claimed her heart.

Unable to let her go, Chatan follows Jacinda, determined to prove she needs help. And not just his. She has more family than she believes, and they have the means and willingness to help stop Thanatos.

Chatan has to convince her running isn’t the answer while uncovering the deep secrets of the relics she's found, and how she can use them to stop Thanatos.

To finally free her from the past, they will have to discover dark pieces of their families’ history. Their destiny is entwined with a prophecy, an ancient war, and each other. What side will they choose?

 

 

Awesome! Chasing Dove, the conclusion to Jacinda and Chatan’s story, whom I met in Finding Hawk, is just as exciting as the beginning. In this half of the story, I was reunited with lots of the characters from Edenton and from the Branches of Emrys as well as introduced to new characters and even another fascinating place of magic called Pine Valley.

 

Chasing Dove is full of excitement, emotional turmoil, danger and of course the sweet and passionate romance between Jacinda and Chatan. Their romance is proving to be a very strong draw with a heartfelt and fulfilling attraction that readers can’t help but cheer them on to their very deserving happily ever after while they are discovering secrets from their pasts and discovering that their destiny is connected to a prophecy and an ancient war. There is never a dull moment to be found in this very thrilling story which has a kind of adventure feel to it as they travel to different places and rifts during their journey to discover how to defeat Jacinda’s lifelong enemy before he can become even stronger which adds a bit of urgency to the story as well ensuring that the readers stay on the edge of their seats throughout.

 

Brandy L. Rivers has such a gift for creating wonderful, exciting stories and her world of Others just continues to fascinate me and her characters are well developed and easily connected to and I can’t help but fall for each and every one. I love visiting each of the three series, Others of Edenton, Others of Seattle and the Branches of Emrys and I certainly can’t wait to visit some more and to discover even more magical places with fascinating and new characters is such an awesome addition to these worlds because that means that there is more possibilities for stories.

 


Chasing Dove

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38770111-chasing-dove

 

is the 4th book in the Branches of Emrys series

 

 

Series page - http://brandylrivers.com/branches-of-emrys/

 

& is part of the Others World

 

Others of Edenton - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-edenton/

 

Others of Seattle - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-seattle/

 

Reading Order for all 3 - http://brandylrivers.com/reading-order-for-others-of-edenton-and-others-of-seattle/

 

 


Chasing Dove is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - http://mybook.to/ChasingDove

 

GPlay - http://bit.ly/GoogleplayChasingDove

 

iBooks - http://bit.ly/ChasingDove

 

B&N - http://bit.ly/BNChasingDove

 

Kobo - http://bit.ly/KoboChasingDove

 


Brandy L. Rivers can be found at:

 

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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054485.Brandy_L_Rivers

 

Facebook - http://facebook.com/brandylrivers

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/brandylrivers

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/brandylrivers

 

Tumbler - http://brandylrivers.tumblr.com/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brandy-l-rivers

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/brandy-l-rivers/author,3507281

 

 

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review 2018-06-21 10:00
Review! Crossroads of Bones (Katie Bishop Series #1) Luanne Bennett!
Crossroads of Bones - Luanne Bennett

 

 

Katie Bishop would have taken her secret to the grave, but . . .
a bunch of fat cat society folks smelled her out and made her an offer she couldn't refuse.

 

Katie just wants to run her tattoo business quietly under the radar. But when a man walks into her shop and hands her a drawing of the same tattoo she's been dreaming about for weeks, things start to spin out of control. The last two people who tried to apply that tattoo are dead.

 

Only half human, it's her other half that an elite group wants to hire-a group of Savannah's more privileged citizens, including the city's reigning coven of witches.

 

There's a rogue god on the loose, and Katie is the only one who can send him back to hell before he breaks open the crossroads and lets the underworld waltz right in-if he manages to get that deadly tattoo inked onto his back.

 

 

I just found a new urban fantasy series – Katie Bishop Series - that is full of some unique beings and the first book in the series –Crossroads of Bones is a fascinating story that caught my attention and made sure that I want to read more Katie Bishop adventures.

 

Katie Bishop is a strong, charismatic character that has some unique elements that make her a bit different from other dragon shifters and her tough girl personality and her past makes her vulnerable to a threat that she didn’t see coming and has brought her to the attention of the council. There is a quite a bit of some steamy and sexy love scenes and a hot and sexy biker that has some unique qualities of his own. All the characters in the story are strong and all of them have their own quirks that make them fun and intriguing characters that easily draw readers in and ensure that readers want to know more.

 

The steady to fast paced plot keeps readers glued to the pages with lots of intrigue, thrills and surprising twists that keep the readers guessing and very curious as to just what will happen next and wondering how Katie will get out of the fix she finds herself in. It’s not non-stop action but has quite a bit of exciting events and the characters provide a lot of fascinating input to the story, although the story is a little choppy, not sure why I felt that way, but it wasn’t enough to distract from the interesting story line.

 

It seems that the next story Blackthorn Grove has been released so I will be adding to my TBR pile as soon as possible to find out just what happens next especially as Katie got some important information regarding what she is at the end of this one.

 


Crossroads of Bones

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36469576-crossroads-of-bones

 


Is the 1st book in the Katie Bishop Series.

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/227998-katie-bishop-series

 

which includes Book #2 Blackthorn Grove which is also available


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37411535-blackthorn-grove

 

& book #3 Shifters Moon will be available soon!

 


Crossroads and Bones is available in print or ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072YWGJFH

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1287040768

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crossroads-of-bones-luanne-bennett/1126686213?ean=2940158678981

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/crossroads-of-bones

 

GPlay -

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Luanne_Bennett_Crossroads_of_Bones?id=WBJADwAAQBAJ&hl=en

 

 


Luanne Bennett can be found at:

 

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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14584106.Luanne_Bennett

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/luanne-bennett

 

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

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LuanneBennettBooks/?ref=br_rs

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/luanne-bennett/author,5010354

 

 

 

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review 2018-06-20 10:00
Release Day Review! Undercover SEAL (SEALs of Coronado #4) Paige Tyler!
Undercover SEAL - Paige Tyler

 

 

He’s everything she should fear…
Bristol Munoz’s life has never been typical. Or safe. Raised by her father, a Mexican drug lord who murdered her mother, Bristol knows she’s nothing but a bargaining chip to her father. He’ll give her to the man most able to further his cartel’s powerful holdings, and her life will go from bad to worse. Her only hope is to try another escape…Then he arrives. He’s different than the other men in her father’s compound, but no less dangerous. Maybe more so, because she’s attracted to him.

 

But all she really wants.
Working undercover for the CIA was not how Navy SEAL Nash Cantrell wants to spend his time. But keeping missiles out of the wrong hands is something he can handle. However, he didn’t count on part of his mission involving getting close to Bristol. He can’t afford to like her, but can’t stop himself. She’s a commodity her father won’t let go easily. When his cover is blown, Nash has to stop the deal—and save Bristol.

 

When the plan goes wrong and Bristol is kidnapped, Nash will break every rule to get her back.


Or die trying.

 

 


I just had a very thrilling visit with a daring and courageous Navy SEAL and a brave young woman in Paige Tyler’s newest SEALs of Coronado book.

Undercover SEAL is the fourth book in the series and the plot takes a couple of the SEALs on a mission that is a little out of their depths, or maybe puts those SEALs into a ‘fish out of water’ position that could end in their deaths if they don’t get it right. This fast paced and exciting story kept me glued to the pages with lots of action, suspense and a few surprises along the way which also kept me wondering what would happen next. Lots of excitement to be found but the fact that Nash is working undercover adds an intense expectation feel to the life or death situation that they find themselves in.

 

The characters are strong, captivating and easily held me hostage until the very end as I got to know them more and I found that the relationship growing between to be full of sizzling chemistry and of course since this should have been an attraction that both fought tooth and nail but couldn’t deny adds even more spice to the story and let me just say that Bristol had a few surprises for me as well.

 

Paige Tyler always makes all her worlds are well developed and so lifelike that I easily slip right into the thrilling stories and easily connect with her captivating characters. Undercover SEAL was a thrilling read and I can’t wait to go on another mission with the SEALs of Coronado.

 

 

 


Undercover SEAL

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39666524-undercover-seal

 

Author - https://paigetylertheauthor.com/undercover-seal/

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/undercover-seal-paige-tyler/book,13980102

 

is the 4th book in the SEALs of Coronado series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/177294-seals-of-coronado

 

Author - https://paigetylertheauthor.com/undercover-seal/

 

The series includes:


.5 SEAL of Her Dreams
1 SEAL for Her Protection
2 Strong Silent SEAL
3 Texas SEAL
4 Undercover SEAL


& #5 SEAL with a Past will be available July 25, 2018 and available is available for preorder -

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D1SVVTC?tag=patyneyotia0e-20

 

& #6 SEAL to the Rescue will be available soon!

 

 

Undercover SEAL is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BPSLW4F?tag=patyneyotia0e-20

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/undercover-seal-paige-tyler/1128297747?ean=2940155558712

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/undercover-seal/id1363827452?_bbid=9566584&mt=11

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/undercover-seal

 

 


Paige Tyler can be found at:


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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2300692.Paige_Tyler

 

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

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/PaigeTyler

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/paige_tyler_author/

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/101473514319460388322

 

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

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/paige-tyler

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/paige-tyler/author,1520056

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-06-20 10:00
4 STAR New Release Review! Dragon Undercover (Dark Scales Division #1) Lia Davis & Kerry Adrienne!
Dragon Undercover - Kerry Adrienne,Lia Davis

 

 

"Lia Davis has away of telling a story to make you feel you are right there looking into the eyes of a dragon." -Kimberley, Goodreads

 

Dragon shifter and team lead for DSD—Dark Scales Division—Owen Ashton has never lost a case.

 

When his sister’s murderer turns serial killer, he is determined to take the rogue dragon down, for good. His team tracks the murderer to a small town in Minnesota and Owen goes undercover to finally end Huff’s reign of terror. The last thing Owen expected was to discover his mate vacationing in the lake house next to his.

Nadia Hasting, along with her sister Sage, take the first vacation in years since their parents’ deaths. Visiting the lake house their family rented every year when they were children is exactly what they need for downtime before Sage heads to college. The hot neighbor is a bonus, but Nadia isn’t sure she’s ready to date. But the pull toward the sexy stranger proves too strong to ignore.

 

When Sage goes missing, Nadia turns to Owen to rescue her sister from a mad man.

 

But will Owen’s dragon scare her away from the one man that can save them all?

 

Dark Scales Division

1. Dragon Undercover
2. Snowed Undercover

 

 


What a ride! I just went undercover the sexy and thrilling new Dark Scales Division where the dragon shifters hunt down dragon criminals. On this mission Owen is hunting for the serial killer that killed his sister and while on this mission he meets Nadia and her sister Sage. But the mission becomes complicated when Owen realizes Nadia is his mate and then before he can even tell Nadia, Sage goes missing.

 

The characters in Dragon Undercover are strong and captivating, easily drawing readers into their story and Owen and Nadia’s romance is sweet but full of complications especially as this fast paced story if full of adrenaline pumping suspense as they hunt for the evil Huff who leads the couple on a thrilling chase which keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

 

Lia Davis and Kerry Adrienne has created an exciting and fascinating new world with fantastic characters. Though the story is a little on the short side it never has a dull moment and I am completely intrigued by this new world and these law enforcement dragons, so I can’t wait for the next thrilling mission- Snowed Undercover!

 


Dragon Undercover


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39101544-dragon-undercover

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/dragon-undercover-kerry-adrienne-lia-davis/book,13979737

 

Kerry Adrienne - http://kerryadrienne.com/?books=dragon-undercover

 

Is the 1st book in the Dark Scales Division series

 

Lia Davis: https://authorliadavis.com/dark-scales-division/

 

The 2nd Book Snowed Under will be available June 26, 2018

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39171039-snowed-undercover

 

 

Dragon Undercover is available in print or ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BC6ZTN2?tag=autliadav-20

 

B&N - https://www.tkqlhce.com/links/4258829/type/dlg/http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/9781948121804

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1357830680?at=1000lweV

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dragon-undercover

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Lia_Davis_Dragon_Undercover?id=IRtQDwAAQBAJ

 

eBooks - https://www.ebooks.com/96035110/dragon-undercover/davis-lia-adrienne-kerry/

 

 


Lia Davis can be found at:


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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5829989.Lia_Davis

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Author-Lia-Davis-137761469629592

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/liadavis35/

 

Tumbler - http://novelsbylia.tumblr.com/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/novelsbylia

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lia-davis

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/lia-davis/author,2724637

 

 

Kerry Adrienne can be found at:


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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5823718.Kerry_Adrienne

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/KerryAdrienne/216668511686869

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/kerryadrienne

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/104133424974569702673/about/p/pub

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/kerryadrienne

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/kerryadrienne/

 

Amzon - http://www.amazon.com/Kerry-Adrienne/e/B00G2BLNDE

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kerry-adrienne

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/kerry-adrienne/author,2722540

 

 

 

 

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