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review 2017-05-18 18:09
Review: The Sight (Devil’s Isle #2) by Chloe Neill
The Sight - Chloe Neill
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The Sight

Devil's Isle #2
Chloe Neill
Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance
NAL Trade
August 16th 2016
eBook/Paperback
330
Won Paperback

 

The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . . 

 

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

 

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both...

 

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The Sight is book two in the Devil’s Isle series by Chloe Neill. We’re in the middle of a war that gets dangerous fast.

 

This series does need to be read in order. Their is very little recap, and most of the world-building is laid out in book one, The Veil. Each book builds on the next getting us deeper into the magical and political world.

 

The Sight is tailored towards the political implications of two opposing sides. The start was a bit slow, which made it hard to get into the story, but around the halfway point things pick up and come to a head. Things then start to get very interesting with a few surprises and revelations along the way. It makes me curious especially after such an ending to see what will happen next. I didn’t expect that outcome.

 

We do get some forward progress with Claire and Liam’s romance. The sexual tension is strong between them, but even though they make progress, they also take a few steps back.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed The Sight.

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

 

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Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (UF/PNR) | Backlist Reader (2017)

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-13 16:07
Review: Kinked (Elder Races #6) by Thea Harrison
Kinked - Thea Harrison
Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures
 
Kinked

Elder Races #6
Thea Harrison
Paranormal Romance
Berkley
November 5th 2013
eBook/Paperback
294

 

Two opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…

 

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

 

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.

 

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(Originally reviewed back in Dec. 2013)

 

Amazing!

 

I was not sure if I would like Aryal’s story. I hated her from the moment I meet her in Dragon Bound. She is such a bitch with a capital B and the way she treats Pia. Ahhh!

 

Wow, Thea changed my mind on her character with this novel.

 

Kinked blew me away! I loved the humor, action, adventure, and the massed up love/connection; between Quentin and Aryal. The main characters complement each other and it worked beautifully. I see Aryal in a new light now.

 

The Elder Races series is one of my favorite paranormal romance series and I highly recommend it for paranormal romance lovers.

 

Rated: 5 Kinked Stars 

 

Some of my favorite quotes from Kinked:

 

– “Her life was one eternal rampage. Maybe it was time someone turned the tables on her and went after her with the same kind of relentlessness with which she went after the entire world.”
“And maybe it was past time that someone took that harpy down a peg or two, and showed her who was boss.”

 

– “As the panther found peace, the harpy stroked his hair and discovered tenderness.”

 

– “You really do poop sparkly rainbows.”

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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photo 2017-05-04 17:26
Book Mail & Goodies

I got some book mail and goodies from Rhenna Morgan.

Rough & Tumble book, T-Shirt, wrist bracelet, and fake tattoos. 

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text 2017-05-04 11:13
The First Virtual City
City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire - Roger Crowley

Roger Crowley's account of the history of Venice is as readable as fiction. He is at his most gripping when detailing the events of the Fourth Crusade. After the sack of Constantinople he gets a little bogged down in the endless series of conflicts with the Genoese but the narrative picks up again with the appearance of the terrifying Sultan Mehmet and the inexorable advance of the Ottoman empire.

 

What is most fascinating about the history of Venice is the way that it invented itself and this is where Crowley is at his best. "One of the only Italian cities not to have existed in Roman times,' he observes, 'its inhabitants had created their antiquity out of theft and borrowings."

 

In Crowley's view Venice was always less of a geographical state and more a state of mind – "the first virtual city". As such it had enormous advantages over its competitors but was always dependent on factors outside its own control. So, when trade routes changed overnight with the discovery of a sea route to India, the network of trading relationships upon which its entire existence depended was suddenly obsolete.

 

Nevertheless, for hundreds of years a tiny city whose very existence seemed entirely improbable made an enormous impact upon the course of world history. Crowley's analysis of how they accomplished this astonishing feat is both illuminating and entertaining.

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