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review 2019-05-21 19:03
Magic For Liars
Magic For Liars - Sarah Gailey

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

A mystery where Ivy, a private investigator, has to address a potential murder in a magic school, where her own twin sister Tabitha is a teacher—her sister, who was gifted with magic, while herself wasn’t. That’s a recipe for disaster, or at least, for tense relationships and/or resentment.

And I enjoyed, indeed, the out-of-balance relationship between the two sisters, based on a lot of unsaid things, feelings and resent left to simmer for years, with each contending with a difficult event in a way that made the other sister believe they didn’t care, or not so much. Well, it was especially imbalanced when Ivy was concerned, since she was the one at home when the said event occurred, and had to live through it with the feeling that Tabby was too busy with her studies. But this long-festering resentment also came hand in hand with a wistful, half-buried, never fully admitted, desire for magic as well: Ivy telling herself she’s fine as she is, that she doesn’t want magic, can never really hide the regret that magic separated her from her twin. A good chunk of the story deals with this complicated relationship, as well as with Ivy wondering “what if” (what if she had been magic, too?), and seeing herself as the woman she never was, and that she probably wouldn’t have minded being. Along with her investigation, this leads her to spin more and more lies: some appearing as necessary, to throw the potential culprit off-balance while Ivy is fishing for clues, and some that are, let’s say, less justified, if not by her feelings.

On the other hand, there were times when Ivy came off as wallowing in self-pity a little too much for my liking, and when she became unsympathetic rather than touching. So the character development and relationships were interesting in general, though tedious at those times I mentioned.

The magic itself is not all stars and sparkles, and this makes it more interesting than neat spells and wand-waving. First, it can be pretty gross. Healing spells, for instance, are gruesome and difficult, and only the best mages can attempt them without killing themselves or their patient. And there’s also something twisted and petty to the way some of the students use their magic—one of the things Ivy reflect upon: they could do so much with it… but they’re still teenagers wrapped in their own drama, and so use it in a very self-centred and sometimes mean way.

The mystery part was where I think the novel wasn’t as strong as it could’ve been. The crime itself is one of magic (not a spoiler—you see the discovery of the body in the first chapter), and this, of course, throws additional difficulty in the path of our investigator, since she’s not familiar with spells and with what mages can or can’t do. Which is partly why she needs to do so much fishing. Yet at the same time, I felt that it lacked tension, that Ivy wasn’t as threatened as she could have been. And the clues were either something she stumbled upon (so not exactly screaming “investigation” here), or so subtle that they were really difficult for a reader to spot. Not to mention some parts of the ending. Some things were left unfinished, and while I do enjoy an open ending, here something was missing—some closure when it came to certain characters and facts, who/which were in fact sort of… brushed aside as “that was bad and they did a bad thing and oh it’s the end, bye.”

Conclusion: 3 to 3.5 stars? I quite liked this novel, but it’s a like” and not a “love” here.

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review 2019-05-20 11:00
Release Day Review! Want (Vampire Beloved #1) R.E. Butler!

 

 

 

Good Morning, Readers! I am so excited today! I am visiting Mishka's Coven today to find out how everyone is doing! Enjoy and don't forget to add Want by R.E. Butler to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

Wolf shifter Angie Beaumont has had erotic dreams for the last few years. She both looks forward to and dreads going to bed each night, because the dreams leave her wanting and aching for the two males who appear in them. She can’t see their faces clearly, and the only thing she knows for certain is they’re vampires and her truemates. Wolves and vampires aren’t on the best of terms, but Angie doesn’t care what her alpha brother thinks – not only because they’re vampires but also because there are two of them.

 

Vampire twins Vex and Rage have been around for several hundred years, and until recently, they’d never shared dreams.


They’ve been sharing dreams of a female they believe is their beloved mate. Planning to go to the wiccan coven on the full moon for help in determining who their mate is, they’re surprised to scent her in the club, surrounded by vampires who want to feed on her.

 

The twins are consumed with making Angie theirs and sharing their immortality with her. But not everyone is happy that a wolf and two vampires are together, and it’s not just the alpha wolf who doesn’t approve. Angie’s caught in the crossfire of a never-ending war with a fanatical group of vampire haters. Can Vex and Rage get to her in time?


 

 

She’s been having erotic dreams for the last few years and Angie Beaumont is both looks forward to and dreads going to bed each night. She can’t see their faces but the dreams leaves her body aching for her two dream lovers and the only thing she knows for certain is that they are vampires and her truemates. They have been around for several hundred years and until recently the vampire twins, Vex and Rage have never shared dreams but now they are sharing dreams of a female they believe to be their beloved. When they finally scent her in the club, the twins are determined to make Angie theirs, but not everyone is that a wolf and two vampires are together.

 

This paranormal romance is the first book in the Wiccan-Were-Bear series and takes place in Mishka’s Club / Coven. As readers who have read the books in the other series will know the story has strong, convincing and sexy characters that easily draws readers in and then refuses to let them go…ever! The romance between Angie and the twins is full of sizzling chemistry and scorching passion but has a bit of an obstacle to overcome when Angie informs her family of her mating to the twin vampires for wolves and vampires don’t get along all that well.

The story is fast paced and has suspense building throughout not only in regards to the romance but also when the church strikes out at the vampires in a variety of ways throughout the story which keeps readers on the edge of their seat and one hundred percent engaged throughout the exciting events. P.S. it is not necessary to read the WWB series first but it does make the reading experience…more!

 


 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45360965-want

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/want-r-e-butler/book,14004853

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1047683

 

 

 

 

Want is the 1st book in the Vampire Beloved series

 

Author - http://www.rebutlerauthor.com/books/vampire-beloved/

 

 

A spin-off series featuring the vampire coven from the Wiccan-Were-Bear series. This series begins after book 11 – A Muse for Mishka.

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/86457-wiccan-were-bear

 

Author - http://www.rebutlerauthor.com/books/the-wiccan-were-bear-books/

 

~*~ Wiccan-Were-Bear Books featuring the Cleveland Coven ~*~

 

A Curve of Claw (Wiccan-Were-Bear Book One) – Introduces Mishka (Coven leader) and Brone

 

A Flash of Fang (Wiccan-Were-Bear Book Two) – Mishka

 

A Slash of Savagery (Wiccan-Were-Bear Book Eight) – Brone & Arissa’s story

 

Awaken a Wolf (Wiccan-Were-Bear Book Nine) – Introduces Angie Beaumont, wolf shifter

 

A Muse for Mishka (Wiccan-Were-Bear Book Eleven) – Mishka & Harmony’s Story

 

~*~

 

 

Need (Vampire Beloved Book Two) – Coming Fall 2019

Ache (Vampire Beloved Book Three) – Coming 2020

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in ebook 

 

Amazon - http://bit.ly/WantAmzUS

 

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

 

Kobo - http://bit.ly/WantKobo

 

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/936193

 

AmazonUK - http://bit.ly/WantAmzUK


 

 

A midwesterner by birth, R.E. lives on the East Coast now, enjoying the seagulls and the ocean. When she's not writing, you'll find her curled up with her Kindle, playing with her kids, or jonesing for chocolate.

 

Author of five series, R.E. loves to explore the supernatural and dream about what might be if people really did get furry once a month.

 

 

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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5332306.R_E_Butler

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/R.E.ButlerAuthorPage

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/rebutlerauthor

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/r-e-butler


 

 

 

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review 2019-05-11 17:16
Time of the Twins, Dragonlance Legends #1 by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Time of the Twins - Tracy Hickman,Margaret Weis

I had fond memories of the Dragonlance 'Chronicles', but it was the 'Legends' trilogy that stuck with me through the years. Time travel, deep lore, and epic battles form a backdrop to a pair of seriously screwed up brothers.

 

At the end of 'Dragons of Spring Dawning' Raistlin had come into some serious power and had dismissed Caramon from his life. Caramon, having protected and cared for his brother his whole life clearly is not happy about the situation, but goes off into the sunset with Tika. At the true start of 'Time' we see a harried Tika and a Caramon who is, literally, unrecognizable.

 

The actual start of the novel spends some time with Raistlin enjoying his Dark Sinister Powers, a 'loyal' apprentice, and a plot involving a powerful, but inexperienced, cleric of Paladine. Crystania swoons over Raistlin and his musk of roses, blood, and death, and starts her own plot to win him back over to the side of good. In doing this she get entangled with Tasslehoff and a seriously out of condition Caramon. A jaunt back to just before the Cataclysm seems inevitable.

 

For the most part the book holds up and, for many reasons, 'Time of the Twins' is a superior book to anything in the 'Chronicles' series, and yet, the luster has worn off and, honestly, I wasn't seeing the world-building here that I was expecting. In previous books whole adventure arcs would be skipped over with a mention, and it worked, but the actual epic scenes on screen here were fun, but not powerful.

 

I'm going to keep going, but I remember that after this trilogy the Dragonlance universe gets really complicated, insular, and much of it not written by Weis and Hickman gets contradicted and retconned down the line.

 

Dragonlance Legends

 

Previous: 'Dragons of Spring Dawning' (Chronicles Trilogy)

 

Next: 'War of the Twins'

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review 2019-03-02 00:08
Phenomenally gripping narrative
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

For those who love an engrossing family drama steeped in mystery I have just the book for you: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I guarantee you'll be hooked by the third page (or perhaps even earlier). I had barely gotten a third of the way through before I was checking to see what else Setterfield had written and if I could get my grubby mitts on it. (She just released a book in December called Once Upon a River and I'm already on the library's holds list for it.)

 

When I was writing notes about this book after reading it I realized that I was basically regurgitating the plot because I had no idea how to sum up my feelings without divulging loads of spoilers. I'm still not entirely sure how to do it so I'll try to be as basic as I can be here. The story opens with a bookseller named Margaret Lea who upon returning to her flat finds a letter from an acclaimed author named Vida Winter. Despite being very well-read and what most would consider a true bookworm this is one author that she has never paid much mind to despite her abundance of novels and literary renown. This is rather awkward as it seems the esteemed lady wants Margaret to write her biography. There follows a meeting between the two women where Ms. Winter's true identity is revealed (no mean feat in itself as she's been dodging the truth for years with interviewers). We are then treated to some of the most amazing writing I've read in quite some time as Setterfield begins to weave a story that pulled me in hook, line, and sinker. Make no mistake, Margaret is simply the vehicle through which we are treated to the story of Vida Winter but without Margaret this book wouldn't be the well-rounded thing of beauty that it is (but it would probably still be pretty great).

 

The book is touted as a mystery because the reader is alongside Margaret as the story of Ms. Winter's life is slowly and inexorably revealed and she finds herself having to hold her tongue as the flow of questions becomes almost too much to bear. Who exactly is this woman? What kind of connection do twins have and can one live without the other? By hearing Vida's story will it irrevocably change the course of Margaret's life? You have to read The Thirteenth Tale to find out (or to come up with even more questions). This is one that you don't want to miss, guys. 10/10

 

**SPOILER ALERT** If allusions (subtle and not so subtle) of incest are too much for you to handle then you'd better give this one a miss and maybe take a look at one of her other books because Diane's writing is excellent.**SPOILER ALERT**

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What's Up Next: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

 

What I'm Currently Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

 

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text 2019-02-17 05:16
Reading progress update: I've read 272 out of 272 pages.
The Flash: The Tornado Twins - Barry Lyga
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