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review 2018-10-19 09:14
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Escaping Exile (Escape Trilogy #1) by Sara Dobie Bauer
Escaping Exile (Escape Trilogy #1) - Sara Dobie Bauer

Escaping Exile is the first story in a planned trilogy. In this excerpt, we are introduced to Andrew and Edmund. Andrew is a vampire in exile on a tropical island, whereas Edmund is a ship-wrecked naturalist. We find out more about Andrew's life in a series of flashbacks, whilst Edmund recites his to Andrew. As well as a vampire to contend with, both men have to deal with sharing the island with cannibals, who are very interested in 'fresh' meat.

It is for books like this, that I wish I did half stars! I have swung from 3 to 4, and back again. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the backgrounds of those involved, I would have like a bit more detail of the era concerned. All that is really mentioned, all that is really needed to be mentioned on a tropical island mind you, is the clothing. However, I would like to know more about the era they both live in now, what their past home lives were like, things like that.

That being said, this was a thoroughly enjoyable story, with plenty of other details given, and plenty of chemistry between the two main characters. It was great to see Andrew's attitude changing, and the reasons for it. This finishes HFN, but don't panic, there are still two more installments to come.

A well paced story that is definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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review 2018-10-18 18:47
Review: Everless
Everless - Sara Holland

I received a copy from Netgalley.


This is one of the most original fantasies I have come across in a while. While I can’t say I was that invested in any of the characters, I found the actual story itself and the world building totally captivating and the combination of the two made it book impossible to put down. In this fantasy time is a commodity that can be bought and sold.


The world building was               quite complicated, or at least for me, the combination of magic and science and the whole buying and selling time. The setting was a small, town on the edge of a huge estate where the wealthiest family in the district ruled over everything.


The heroine Jules used to live at the estate where her father was a revered blacksmith, but a secret caused them to flee in the middle of the night and now they are barely eeking out a living in a tiny cottage on the edge of the forest. Her father is in debt and sick. So Jules hatches a plan to sell her own time and repay his debts


Yet she finds herself presented with an opportunity for employment at the estate, Everless, where she once lived. Seizing the moment, Jules makes herself a plan to save her father. She worms her way into employment at Everless.


Jules is one of the brighter YA heroines, she’s smart and thinks things through. She plans and doesn’t seem to act recklessly when things don’t go according to plan. She was a little bit two dimensional but likeable enough. Back at Everless while in a different capacity than she was previously, she’s of course flooded with memories of her time back then, and the mystery of why she and her father fled in the first place. And she has to deal with the two sons of the Lord of Everless. One of whom was a great friend and played with her when they were children, who has grown up to be devastatingly handsome and quite the ladies man. He’s engaged to the Queen’s daughter. And his brother – who was a mean bully.


The plot gets quite twisty, there’s a legend on how time came to be used as a commodity, a vicious queen who everyone’s terrified of visiting Everless, Jules discovers she has time letting abilities that are beyond normal, a hidden vault where Jules believes she will get some of the answers she seeks, there are plenty of secrets – including a mystery to solve about Jules’s deceased mother, and some things her father neglected to tell her. And people who turn out to be nothing like you thought they were.


I read this quite some time ago so I can’t remember all the details. Just that it was a really good one, quite different and I liked it. I’ve already pre ordered the next one.


Thank you Netgalley and Hatchette Children’s Group for the review copy.


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text 2018-10-16 01:28
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Terrifying Women
Shell Game - Sara Paretsky

Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend's nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.



Well I was planning on reading my Fear the Drowning Deep book, but look what's in transit on its way to the library for me to collect.


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review 2018-10-15 05:58
To Dare A SEAL - Sara Jane Stone

This book is #2 in the Sin City SEALs series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For more understanding of the series, and to avoid being spoiled, I recommend reading this series in order.


Jack has been biding his time for the perfect time to try a relationship with Natalie.  She makes the first move.  It's a complete surprise - and one he wants to explore over the wedding weekend for her sister.


Natalie knows she should not have given into temptation.  How to resist a spectacular man, as well as a SEAL of all military?  Now she has to figure out if she can see herself long term with someone who is already planning to be gone.


I found this book to be a sexy and fun read.  Lots of humor, heat, and happy times to make the reader glad they keep turning the page.  This series is really such a great read.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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review 2018-10-13 19:10
Review: Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Pax - Sara Pennypacker


Pax by Sara Pennypacker is the story of a fox and his boy who are separated because of a war.

Plot 4/5: While the plot wasn't what I was expecting, I found this story to be very moving.

Characters 5/5: The characters are very well written.

World building 4/5: This story is mainly set in two places, the woods and one of the characters homes.

Pacing 4/5: The pacing is steady.

Writing 5/5: This story is written in the point of view of the fox and the fox's boy.

Overall 4.4: Although this story wasn't what I expected, it is a wonderfully written story of two lives that become separated and them trying to find each other again. 

Favorite Quote: 

"We all own a beast called anger. It can serve us: many good things come of anger at bad things; many unjust things are made just. But first we all have to figure out how to civilize it." - Vola

Favorite character: Pax and Vola

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