Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: Fire (The Elementals Book 1) by LB Gilbert

Release Date: October 25, 2015
Publisher: LB Gilbert Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 362 pages
Genre: Supernatural/ Fantasy
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


Synopsis:

Invested with the powers of Mother Nature, four women have been charged with the almost impossible task of maintaining order in the supernatural world and—when the crimes are extreme—the human world as well.

Diana, a fire Elemental, is almost burned out. Alone in the world (save for her Elemental sisters), she takes satisfaction in punishing those who’ve strayed so far into the black they’ve disrupted the balance. But her contentment is increasingly short-lived as she struggles with the limitations of her ability. An Elemental can track murderers to the ends of the earth, but not before it’s too late for their victims.

So when a child from a previous case goes missing, Diana is determined to find her. The only problem is, she may have to take on an entire coven of vampires to do it.

Review:

This book grabbed me from the beginning.  Diana is a strong woman who doesn't easily trust anyone. She is powerful and often takes her job personally.   She is an Elemental who serves the mother.  Her and her sisters represent the four elements and are the police of the world.  They look for evil and darkness that throw off the balance of the world.  When they find it, it is their job to correct the imbalance.  When a young girl goes missing who Diana had helped once before goes missing it leads Diana to the doorstep of one of the strongest and oldest Vampire covens.

Alec, the heir to one of the strongest Vampire covens but has more interest in studying and research, is also a daywalker. He has come back to Boston to find the son of one of his servants.  Once Alec and Diana meet they realize their quests may be the same.

The characters really start to get fleshed out, through Alec's questions to Diana.  We learn more about Diana and more about Alec and his insatiable curiosity through their stories and questions.  Through their investigations into a black circle of witches Diana finds that having Alec around to help isn't as bad as she thought.

Very well done start to a new series, that introduces characters that are sure to be in future books which is nice.  Great fun book.





Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, March 28, 2016

ARC Review: The ABC's of Yoga for Kids (a guide for parents and teachers) byTeresa Anne Power

Release Date:
April 8, 2016
Publisher: Stafford House Books
Format: Kindle ebook
Pages: 60 pages
Genre: Yoga, Exercise, Kids
Buy: Paperback


Synopsis:

This guidebook supports parents and teachers who wish to learn more about yoga for kids, including how to implement yoga into the daily lives of children. Readers will gain insight into what yoga is, how it can contribute to a child's active lifestyle and how to use yoga to alleviate many childhood challenges. This easy-to-use handbook offers basic guidelines for teaching yoga to kids and a sample children's yoga routine. The increased body awareness afforded by yoga helps kids make better choices for keeping themselves healthy, both physically and mentally

Review:

This book is a companion to ABCs of Yoga for Kids, a picture book that uses the alphabet, rhyming and colorful illustrations to introduce children to yoga.

This book has a few cute ideas for classes for kids relying heavily on the ABC's of yoga book. If you are new to teaching yoga or someone just starting out teaching yoga to kids this is a nice companion book that gives some great explanations as to how yoga can help children with Autism, ADHD, and also just the every day stress that kids these days have.  There are great ideas for activities that unplug kids and teach them ways to help move their bodies, learn breath techniques and meditations that can help them throughout life. Children who learn these techniques early in life will have lifelong skills to help them relieve stress and bring awareness to their bodies.  Yoga also helps teach kids about living a healthy lifestyle in a fun and non-competitive way.

This is a nice starter book for teacher or parents of young children who would like to incorporate some fun stress relieving movement into a classroom.  Even in a normal everyday school schedule a 10 minute break doing a few of these fun exercises can really help kids focus and retain more.

Activities are described a little vaguely so I would suggest you are familiar with the ABC's of Yoga for Kids book.  Since the poses names are the ones used in her book and not necessarily the mainstream yoga pose name you may not know what pose she is talking about.  There are several illustrations of poses in the book but I still suggest buying this book as a set instead of on its own.

I feel like many of these activities would be good for pre-school to kindergarten age children.





Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

ARC Review: Skeletons in the Closet by Kayla Bain Vrba

Release Dates: March 30, 2016
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Format: Kindle
Genre: LGBT Romance
Buy: e-book

Synopsis:

It's no secret that Riley used to practice dark magic, but he gave it up gladly when he fell in love with Landon. But Riley has spent the last year trying to shield Landon from just how dark his past really was, desperate to keep him safe and hold on to their fragile relationship.

Then Dyami, Riley's old partner, returns to town and threatens to kill them both if Riley doesn't return to his old ways...

Review:

Riley and Landon practice magic, although Riley is always holding back hoping that Landon won't get tainted by the dark magic he used to practice. When Rileys old dark magic partner Dyami shows up in town things start get a little strange.

This story felt very rushed.  I feel like the author could have expanded this and made it a longer more in depth story instead of a short speedy one.  I feel like with more character development and a longer plot this book would have been more enjoyable.  While it was okay it had the potential for so much more.  If you are looking for short and sexy this story has it just don't expect too much from the plot.


Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Review: The Prayer Rug by HM Hymas

Release Date: June 11, 2015
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Format: Kindle
Pages: 155
Genre: Fiction, War
Buy: Kindle | Paperback

Synopsis:

Reem, a wife and mother of two, is caught in Iraq after the invasion of US Forces. What began as a future full of hope slowly begins to unravel before her eyes. As the original effort to remove a tyrannical dictator degrades into civil war, it engulfs everyone and everything around her. Everything she loves is slowly taken from her as she watches forces beyond her control destroy her family. Helpless, she clings to her prayer rug in an effort to find strength and peace.

Review: 

This is war.  Its not something that is watched on TV, its not something that should be taken lightly.  Its the slow destruction of a civilization, of families, of children.  This is a heartbreaking and honest look at what war does to a community, to a family, to a person.  Reem is a woman clinging to her faith to help her through these desperate times.  She watches as a dictator falls, American's come to help and insurgents start pitting neighbor against neighbor in a civil war that ultimately hurts no one but themselves.  Desperate times leak from the pages, the trauma the pain, and the humility of all who find themselves caught in this game.

I also believe that this book could really help open peoples eyes to Islam. It is not a religion of terrorists, it is a religion of peace, and Reem desperately tries to impart these teaching to her children despite the devastation raging around them. It may help you to understand how people are recruited into these fanatical plots, how friends become enemies and how children with no education can ruin an entire generation.

This was not an easy book to read. I found myself detaching from pieces of it so I wouldn't get sucked under by the grief and helplessness of it, but its an important book because it puts a human face on war.





Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book Review: Lord of Darkness by Sherile Reilly

Release Date: January 1, 2016
Publisher: Saborn Press
Format: Kindle
Pages:160 pages
Genre: Romance
Buy: Kindle


Synopsis: 


Alexander Winslow dreads the midnight hour when darkness permeates his soul, spasms of pain slash his body and hours of torment begin.

Afflicted by an ancient family curse, Alex endures a nightly transformation and is doomed to stalk the countryside, searching for prey.

Seeking refuge from her greedy uncle who wants her killed, heiress Victoria Northcote escapes to Winslow Mansion, the home of an old family friend. However, the friend is dead and Alex, the new master, has his secret to guard and he doesn't welcome Vicki.

When they are forced into a dangerous alliance, tempers flare and passions ignite.

Review:


At only a 160 pages this story felt a little rushed.  There was a lot more that the author could have done with this to help flesh out the characters.

Alexander is tormented by his family curse.  Every first born son in his family has had it and usually dies some horrible death.  He is desperate to find a way to break it but hasnt yet found the key.

Victoria is on the run from her Uncle who I think gave up a little too quickly in trying to kill her to obtain her fortune.  Taken in by Alex whose father was a family friend, she tries to adhere to his strange rules even as she is desperate for the safety of her brother.

This was a quick read and the story was good I just think it could have been better if it had been fleshed out a bit more.


Disclaimer: I received an e-galley of this book through netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review: Dear Adoptive Parents: Things you need to know - Right Now! From an Adoptee by Madeleine Melcher

Release Date: November 18, 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Paperback
Pages: 122 pages
Genre: Adoption
Buy: Paperback 

Synopsis: 

Adoption is how you came to be a family- not a parenting style. Be the parent you are meant to be- the parent your child needs you to be, today. Adoptee, author, speaker, blogger and mommy, Madeleine Melcher is a breath of fresh air in a climate of negativity. Melcher’s piece, What an Adoptee Wants You to Know About Adoption, garnered over 87-thousand likes on The Huffington Post for just that reason. Melcher is honest and full of candor, regarding the realities of adoption and what that means to your parenting. You may be surprised at what you read! Her message has been described by parents who have adopted as, "life-giving"!

Review: 

Written as a series of letter to parents who have adopted Madeleine Melcher offers positive encouragement and advice.  There are several important take-aways I received from this book.  1. Don’t live your child’s adoption. It does not have to be the most important thing in the room.  They are a child, you are their parent.  I’m not saying ignore that they came to your family through adoption but by living and breathing adoption is not allowing the child to live and grow as anything else but adopted.  2. Your tone regarding adoption sets the tone that they will carry with them about adoption, how they will view it how they perceive it.  If you have complaints or negative things to say about adoption they will know and they will internalize it.  3. Listen to your child.  You are the parent of a very special person that has a very special bond with you.  Make sure you are listening to them and their needs and not just what you perceive their needs to be.  4 Listen to yourself. Don’t focus on how that child came to be in your life remember that you are their mother and/or father. How they became yours doesn’t matter when you are sitting by their bedside while they are sick or taking them to their first day of school.  Its all the little moments that add up to you being there for them and doing what is in their best interest.

Very positive book that is empowering to parents who have formed their families through adoption. 


Friday, March 18, 2016

ARC Book Review: Highland Awakening by Jennifer Haymore

Release Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Format: ebook
Genre: Romance
Buy: Kindle 

Synopsis:

As the secret author of racy romances, Lady Esme Hawkins goes to great lengths to protect her family's honor. Which is why she carefully disguises herself before entering a notorious bordello to do research. But when Esme comes face-to-face with a brooding Highland bodyguard, she can't easily refuse a harmless kiss . . . a kiss that inflames desires ripped from the pages of her novels. Acting on them, however, would risk revealing Esme's identity—and the fact that she's engaged to another man.

As a Highland Knight sworn to protect the crown, Camden McLeod never expected to follow his client into a bordello—nor could he anticipate meeting a bright, innocent lass with lush lips and eyes the color of the sea. Instantly, Cam knows he must possess her. But to do so, he'll need to give up his rakish ways, embrace his role as heir to his despised father, and snuff out a deadly threat to his brothers in arms. By comparison, winning Esme away from her insipid fiancĂ© will be pure pleasure.

Review:

Great story with a strong female lead.  Esme is independent and resourceful, something women of the Ton are not supposed to be.  She hides a deep passion and her independent spirit from most of the people in her life but when she meets Camden McLeod he sweeps her off her feet. He is completely taken with her from the moment they meet.  Her profession as an authoress intrigues him and only makes him more determined to win her.

McLeod is also looking for the man who killed his best friend but there aren't any leads.  Esme provides him with some clues to who they may be looking for.  Is the killer hiding in plain sight?

While this has the same romance formula that most of these books have the story was well done, the characters were entertaining and developed and the mystery was believable.



Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Review: Buzz Books 2016 Spring/Summer by Publishers Lunch

Release Date: January 14, 2016
Publisher: Publishers Lunch Buzz Books
Genre: Fiction, Debut Fiction, & New Non-Fiction

Synopsis: 

Buzz Books edition evokes all the excitement of Winter Institute with substantial pre-publication excerpts from 40 adult titles.

Enjoy access to the newest voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the upcoming season as you discover breakout books from established authors, sparkling debuts from soon-to-become literary stars, and fascinating memoirs and inspirational nonfiction.

Familiar names include Louise Erdrich, Chris Cleave, Tracy Chevalier, Joe Hill, and Emma Straub, along with L.S. Hilton’s Maestra, already stirring buzz from Hollywood to London and back again as one of the year’s big new thriller discoveries.

Major debuts by Michener Center Fellow Flynn Berry, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Danny Johnson, Paul Krueger, Joe Okonkwo, Phaedra Patrick, and H.P. Wood are among our dozen new authors.

Rounding out this generous sampler are books from well-known nonfiction writers, including Nathaniel Philbrick’s Valiant Ambition, and Chuck Klosterman’s But What If We’re Wrong?—as well as books that will have people talking, such as Lindy West’s Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman and Vishen Lakhiani’s The Code of the Extraordinary Mind.

Review:

This was a fantastic way to see what new books are coming out this Spring and Summer. Book covers with synopsis and even a short excerpt of each book.  This edition is chock full of so many great new reads.  Hold on to your hats because there is some great fiction on the horizon.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ARC Review: Fjord Blue by Nina Rossing

Release Date: March 10, 2016
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Format: Kindle
Pages: 266 pages
Genre:YA, Romance LGBT
Buy: Kindle

Synopsis:

After a year of partying, getting into fights, and finally crashing his father’s vintage Bonneville in a car chase, seventeen-year-old Benjamin has pushed his parents to their limit. It’s not like he can tell them why he’s so angry at life, or that he’ll do anything to distract himself from the lust he feels toward his best friend’s sexy cousin, Dino.

He can’t even protest when he’s sent away from Miami to spend the summer working on his grandparents’ farm in the desolate fjords of Western Norway. The farm is isolated and old-fashioned, and so are Ben’s religious grandparents. It’s cold and wet, and Ben is miserable and restless. Relief comes in the form of Even, the eighteen-year-old blond Viking farmhand who offers Ben friendship and a new outlook on his situation. But Even is hiding issues of his own. Ben’s grandparents want him to inherit the farm, but the only thing keeping Ben there is his desire to know Even better. As the feelings between the two young men grow, things kept hidden are slowly revealed—for good and ill—and they must turn to unlikely places for encouragement.

Review:

Ben gets sent to stay with his grandparents in Norway after his year of hell.  There amidst the beautiful scenery and blue water of the fjord he discovers more about himself.  Ben knows he's gay, he's been running from that all year, but now he is learning to accept it and trying to discover what he really wants out of life. Life on the farm in Norway is not easy.  Its hard work from early in the morning until he can barely move at night.  His days of partying or even thinking of partying seem to be over and he isn't sure if he should be upset about it.

This book is filled with the juxtaposition of different cultures, American City life vs. Slow paced small town life and Cubano vs Norwegian life.  The stoic quiet small town religious culture of the Norwegian community vs. the boisterous and always stimulating American and Cubano cultures are tough on Ben at first but slowly he learns to appreciate the quiet and the beauty around him as well.

Beautiful descriptions and very well developed characters.  You really feel for Even who is struggling with his super religious parents who just don't understand their son at all.  Ben's grandparents who are also religious are not quite what they seem and you see glimpses of their fun nature a few times.  I didn't want this story to end, I wanted to know more, I wanted to see where things would go and that to me is the measure of a really great book.

Rossing deals with the LGBT aspects in this book with raw honesty.  You feel the struggle that Ben has with his new realization, and his fear of his community and his religious grandparents finding out. The tragic results that some people deal with when coming out and the grace and joy when parents embrace their children no matter what.  Wonderful read.





Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Book Review: The Subs Club by JA Rock

Release Date: December 7, 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Format: Kindle
Pages: 258 pages
Genre: LGBT / Erotica
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


Synopsis:

A year ago, my best friend Hal died at the hands of an incompetent “dom.” So I started the Subs Club, a private blog where submissives can review doms and call out the douche bags.

A perfect example of the kind of arrogant asshole I mean? The Disciplinarian. He has a pornstache. He loves meat, stoicism, America, and real discipline. And he thinks subs exist to serve him.

But . . . not everything about him is awful. His Davy Crockett act just seems like a cover for his fear of intimacy, and part of me wants to show him it’s okay to get close to people. And, I mean, sue me, but I have fantasized about real discipline. Not role-play, but like, Dave, you’re gonna be thirty in four years and you still work in a mall; get your ass in gear or I’ll spank it.

Not that I’d ever trust anyone with that kind of control.

I’m gonna redefine “battle of wills” for the Disciplinarian. Or I’m gonna bone him. It’s hard to say.

—Dave

Review:

This was a fun book with serious undertones.  Along with the playful sexy fun there was an underlying caution.  David starts the subs club to help protect subs from immoral Doms.  One of their friends died while in a BDSM scene and now David is out to expose all the arrogant Doms who are forcing their will on Subs and turning something consensual and fun into a dangerous situation.

There is a lot of safety and negotiation talk in this book coupled with some hardcore spanking and punishment scenes.  David is very snarky and bratty and there are some really light hearted fun sections to this book which gave it a good balance.

David's battle of wills with the Disciplinarian was interesting.  Watching David go from having an agenda to prove that the Disciplinarian is an arrogant self serving Dom to realizing he may just be the right person to help him let go and move his life forward.

The supporting characters all had some depth and while not deeply developed you could get a sense of each one as well as their kink.  Overall I think this was a well done read with a good balance of sexy, safety and erotic.



Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Audio Book Review: Orphan Number 8 by Kim Van Alkemade

Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: Audible Audio
Length: 11 hours 1 minute
Narrator: Andi Arndt, Ginny Auer
Buy: 
 Kindle | Paperback | Audible

Synopsis:

In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City's Lower East Side. When tragedy strikes, Rachel is separated from her brother, Sam, and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research. Subjected to X-ray treatments that leave her disfigured, Rachel suffers years of cruel harassment from the other orphans. But when she turns 15, she runs away to Colorado, hoping to find the brother she lost, and discovers a family she never knew she had.

Though Rachel believes she's shut out her painful childhood memories, years later she is confronted with her dark past when she becomes a nurse at Manhattan's Old Hebrews Home, and her patient is none other than the elderly, cancer-stricken Dr. Solomon. Rachel becomes obsessed with making Dr. Solomon acknowledge and pay for her wrongdoing. But each passing hour Rachel spends with the old doctor reveals to Rachel the complexities of her own nature. She realizes that a person's fate - to be one who inflicts harm or one who heals - is not always set in stone.

Review: 

Beautiful and tragic.  This book reminded me of The Sunflower: On the Possibility and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal . Both bring up the question of forgiveness.  Can Rachel forgive Dr. Solomon for what she did to her as a child? The narration of the book switches back and forth from 1919 when Rachel is a young girl in a Jewish Orphanage and years later when she is a nurse taking care of elderly patients one of whom is the Doctor who experimented on her as a young child. 

This book made me angry, horrified and sad. Orphans were used like rats as subjects in medical studies.  This wasn't Nazi Germany this was the US and while this book is fiction I know that back then orphans were often used in experiments because they didn't have any parents to answer to. 

Realizing that what was done to her as a child not only continues to effect her but may ultimately kill her. Can you forgive someone for doing this to you? Can you care for them in their final hours when all you would like to do is cause them the pain that they caused you?

Complex and riveting this book submerges you and makes you think about humanity and what might be your capacity for forgiveness, love and evil. There is also a subplot of lgbt rights, the troubling reality that hospital visits, and being out were not allowed. Very good book.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

ARC Review: Tears in the Grass by Lynda Archer

Release Date: March 19, 2016
Publisher: Dundurn
Format: ebook
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Fiction
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


Synopsis: 

For Elinor Greystone, the only way forward is back into the past.

At ninety years of age, Elinor, a Saskatchewan Cree artist, inveterate roll-your-own smoker, and talker to rivers and stuffed bison, sets out to find something that was stolen almost a lifetime ago. With what little time she has left, she is determined to find the child taken from her after she, only a child herself, was raped at a residential school.

It is 1968, and a harsh winter and harsher attitudes await Elinor, her daughter, and her granddaughter as they set out on an odyssey to right past wrongs, enduring a present that tests their spirit and chips away at their aboriginal heritage.

Review:


Beautifully written with vivid descriptions. Elinor and the Bison's descriptions and stories transport you to a different time and place. You can smell the sweet grass and the wind on your face as you watch the Bison freely roam the plains.  Indigenous people no matter where they are from have had their children stolen, their language taken, their lands stolen and their culture and way of life shattered.  This book brings forth that pain as well as the beauty and glory of seeing the world through the eyes of Elinor who still speaks to the trees and the rivers.  Who still speaks her Cree language and visits the Bison exhibit at the Nature History Museum.

Elinor is nearing the end of her life and is driven to find the daughter she lost so many years ago. Against all odds she believes that she is still alive and enlists her estranged daughter Louise who shuns most things Indian and her granddaughter Alice who is struggling with her sexuality.  Can these three women find peace along with the missing part of their family?



Disclaimer: This book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review

Monday, March 7, 2016

ARC Review: Fire Touched ( A Mercy Thompson Novel) by Patricia Briggs

Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: ACE
Format: ebook
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover |Audio (Audible)

Synopsis: 

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

Review: 

Another excellent installment in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy, Adam and the wolves find themselves claiming to be the protectors of the tri-cities which is their territory and the protector of what looks like a small boy but is actually much older and has great magic. Mercy isn't sure why she made the declaration she did about the tri-cities being their territory to protect, she isn't sure if it was actually her or if the walking stick she had held aloft was responsible.

Now a battle has begun with the Fae, and to avoid an all out war they have to negotiate or hand over the boy that the Fae seem to want so desperately.  The Fae are some scary creatures but Mercy seems to have a handle on that and has several allies in the Fae world. These bonds make her pack even stronger and also more of a target.

Well written, well developed and fun.  Mercy is a strong female character who has compassion for those around her.  She takes in stray's and makes them her own, she doesn't want to be the cause of anyone elses pain and this is difficult for her often. With the help of her mate Adam and a host of other colorful characters she shows that beauty and being female does not make you weak.  I love this series.



Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Book Review: Night Broken (Mercy Thompson Book 8) By Patricia Briggs

Release Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: ACE
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Genre: Fantasy
Buy: Kindle | Paperback | Hardcover | Audio (Audible)


Synopsis: 

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s stalker is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

Review:

I always forget how much I love this series until I pick another one up.  Mercy is an auto mechanic married to the Alpha Werewolf in her city.  Mercy is not a werewolf she is a shape shifting Coyote and she is great.  She is far from perfect but she is a kick ass woman who can hold her own. She isn't a damsel in distress and will fight with everything she has to protect the ones she loves.

While trying to protect her husbands ex-wife she finds herself facing a threat that is way more dangerous than anything she has faced before. Her father Coyote himself gets involved in this fight although not in the most helpful ways and Mercy's old friend the fae walking stick comes back to help although it has changed some but Mercy can't figure out how. Maybe with the help of her father, and the wolf pack they have a shot at staying alive but it isn't going to be easy.

This was a great installment and really spoke to how the pack politics works.  I also love that most of the books really showcase Mercy as a strong independent woman. By the end of this book I think the pack starts to look at Mercy differently as well.




Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Audio Book Review: 14 by Peter Clines

Release Date: June 2012
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio book
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes
Narrator: Ray Porter
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/ Sci Fi
Buy: Kindle |Paperback | Audio (Audible)


Synopsis: 

Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything....

Review: 

Nate's new apartment seems too good to be true.  The rent is cheap and all utilities are included. It isn't until he moves in that he starts to realize there are some strange things going on.  None of the apartments in the building are the same size or shape.  Each one has something strange about it from no kitchen, to vaulted ceilings, bathrooms that look like a cave, and a kitchen light that only glows as a blacklight no matter what type of bulb you use.

Nate and his neighbors embark on a search for what is happening inside their building and make some even more disturbing observations.  Mysterious writing behind wallpaper, writing that can only be seen in black light written in Cyrillic in a kitchen all within a building that isn't connected to the main city power grid yet has power. There is definitely more than meets the eye to this building but could it be the key to an even bigger mystery that started 100 of years ago.

The narrator was fabulous, he did a great job with the different voices for different characters, I almost forgot it was just one person narrating.  The mystery really built and there were a lot of great modern day references to TV shows throughout.  Very clever writing.  This was a great book to listen to and a great mystery.  It totally sucked me in.


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