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Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

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Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ghost are real.

From those who wish to say goodbye to their love ones, to those who wish to hurt and take over another's soul.

And only a Speaker and a Protector stand in the way, Because

Ghost are real.



Mary Lindsey's debut novel puts an new and and story gripping twist on ghosts and the ones in charge of keeping everything in order here on earth. Lenzi thinks like her father, she's going truly mad. The voices she keeps hearing is driving her to the brink. Popping pills to keep the voices down and trying to hold it together for her Mom and her Boyfriend Zak, Lenzi doesn't know where to turn to until one night she meets a young man Alden, who tells her the voices are real, their ghosts and only she can help them, and time is slowly running out for Lenzi as a evil spirit wants her dead....again..

Lindsey not only creates a new mythology for the ghosts while keeping it traditional, but a system of pe…

Marian's Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly

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Marian's Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



For me Carla Kelly is The Queen of Regency Romance, she doesn't use Dukes, tons of balls or the everyday like of the ton read so much about in this period. Her characters are just your avenge everyday person, with everyday problems. Marian's Christmas Wish is one of Carla Kelly's gems.

Miss Marian Wynswich is not your everyday miss. Taught by her father to use her smarts and the glue that holds her family together after her father's death leaves a huge debt amount behind causing the family no end of grief with the huge chance of losing the only home they've only known. If this will be the last Christmas at their family home, Marian make this the best for her family, even with a few major bumps in the road- the biggest is the stranger her brother brings home, Gilbert Collinwood. Marian sees Gil as someone whose scared of going home due to the scars he carries on his face, little does she know t…

Grounded by Constance Sharper

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Grounded by Constance Sharper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kudos to Constance Sharper for creating a sequel that lives up to it's amazing predecessor! When it comes to sequels it's either a make or break depending on how strong the story was in the first book and if it's worth sticking with the series. The Airborne series lives up to the hype with it's amazing world building and characters.

A few months have passed since the events of Airborne, with Avery and Mason dealing with their unresolved feelings between them and those who want the powerful Willow magic still on the lookout. Many issues that were left in the air (sort of speak) are tied up nicely in Grounded, mostly the relationship between Avery and Mason. This was a a give or take for the story as the world building was left at a stand still while the author focus on the characters and their lives. I would have liked a little more on the harpie story that Sharper has created to be more reveled, but in the end …

Airborne by Constance Sharper

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Airborne by Constance Sharper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Indie books have it harder in the grand scheme of book publishing as they have to rely much on the reader reviews and the work they publish and how good it is without having the help of editors or big name publisher backing them up. But when you find that beautiful gem of a self pub you feel like your holding that winning ticket in your hand and with Airborne by Constance Sharper- I felt like I won the lotto baby!

I was truly in awed by how great the whole story was, the action was nonstop with a ton of surprises-which I was surprised could fit into this book! The true beauty of the book was the use of harpies. The author focus on this one race which I find very refreshing and enjoyable. I know authors who can put a ton of different races in their books and pull it off, but I love when an author put their own spin on one race and grow from there. Sharper does just that with the new evolved harpies who still favor harpies with …

Star Crossed Seduction by Jenny Brown

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Star Crossed Seduction by Jenny Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jenny Brown has a beautiful way of writing not overly complex stories but with two deeply layered characters that the story centers around. With Trev and Temperance still waters run very deep as both show their Scorpio natures, being two sides of the same coin and dancing a deadly dance of trust and love, they have to balance their natures and trust in each other.

Brown steps somewhat away from the traditional regency that was so present in her debut book. SCS shows a more sensual side early on between the two leads, this sets up a confrontation that travels between the two- a love game. The secret between the two really lead to a few misunderstandings that are cleared up but strain the trust between the two. Being so similar to each other, makes them understand each other very well, this lead of course to disagreements
but I found how they trust their gut about the other to lead them to the truth. Most if not all the…

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Q: Letter to Santa: Tell Santa what books you want for Christmas!

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Been on a YA kick of late, and really loved the early reviews to Every Other Day, plus who doesn't like a kick ass heroine?

Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

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Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There's a deep fairy tale element that Jaclyn Dolamore creates in Between the Sea and the Sky, that gives this story a very sweet feel to the whole, while going back old school with a nod to Hans Christian Anderson.

Humans live along side mermaids who graduated to sirens, and the winged race of people. The book focuses around the life of Esmerine as she becomes a siren, and later tries to find her runaway sister Dosinia, whose sudden disappearance raises major red flags, and Esmerine is determined to find her. Along the way she meets up with an old friend Alandare, one of the winged race. Since they parted Alan has become a whole different person then the one Esmerine remembers. Nevertheless he's the only one who can help Esmerine find her sister.

While it does starts off a tad slow, the story picks up as Esmerine starts her journey in finding her sister, with some nice twists and a easy plot to fo…

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Elizabeth Hoyt books are my version of potato chips, I can't get or have enough of them! Hoyt lives up to her great storytelling and the hype with Scandalous Desires.

When we're first introduced to Silence Hollingbrook and "Charming" Mickey O'Connor in the first of the Maiden Lane series, you know there's going to be sparks flying and do they ever between these two.

Mickey is no exception of the great heroes Hoyt has peened down before, he shows that monsters are not born, but are made, and it doesn't mean their not without a heart. Mickey is frozen clean through, with his charming smile to hide behind. His past has made him hard and the pain he faced as a child made him cold to emotions on the pleasure he takes from stealing, causing hell and the woman(or women) that warm his bed. Mickey goes through some major changes that start off very small at first, but the steps lead to uncove…

Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul by Leanna Renee Hieber

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Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul by Leanna Renee Hieber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With the back blurb giving a sort of mishmash of well known books forced into one YA book, I was happily surprised (and relived) how well Hieber weaved the stories of Dorian Gray and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde into Darker Still taking well known stories and giving it her own twist on these tales and making it new.

New York City 1882:
Natalie Stewart a smart and clever seventeen year old life has been trouble since after a traumatic accident that killed her mother and left her without the ability to speak. With nightmares and visions that haunt her dreams nightly. This doesn't stop Natalie from seeking out the world through books and trying to break from her shelter living. Her life changes when she happens across a painting of Jonathon Whitby, Lord Denbury, with his startling blue eyes that seem to see deep into her soul, almost like he's alive...shocking of all, trapped in the …

Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll

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Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



As I started this book, I was at odds with a almost syrup slowness that starts to build into something that totally held my attention and made me end up loving a book I was going to dismiss and perhaps put on the DNF shelf!

With the economy at it's worse New York jeweller Garet James and her father try to hold up their art gallery by threads, when things can't get any worse, Garet comes across an old antiques shop where she's given a silver box that she's asked to open. Only it's a trick, and when she opens the box she lets loose demons on the city and given a rise to the evil John Dee whose returned with evil plans. It's up to Garet to stop him from taking over the city and learning about her past as Watchtower to protect stand guard over the human and the world of fae. A past and present that also leads to Will Hughes that may break or heal her heart....

I really loved the character Garet, sh…

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Q: Q: Today’s Question is something new, an activity. We want to see what you look like! Take a pic with you and your current read!


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Here I am, trying to decide what to read next from my TBR!

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Q: If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?


A: The Leandros brothers! Plenty of junk food for Cal and only the best health food for Niko ;D

Fortune's Son by Emery Lee

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Fortune's Son by Emery Lee



Emery Lee has a way with making history come alive, while adding a strong element of romance that span years through heartbreak trials and errors and in the end forgiveness and love stronger then ever.

Luck never made a man wise. ~Seneca, Letters to Lucilius


Philip Drake a titled peer, but now impoverished, gambles with chance and dances with lady luck at the tables at night to win his fortune and free him from his father's grasp. His life changes when he meets Lady Susannah Messingham, Susannah's life has taken a hard turn now that she's a widow, but when she sees Philip she's drawn to him and asks him to teach her how the win at the card table. Their journey leads them through many obstacles that will redeem them in their love and heal their broken hearts.

Off the bat, I did not like Philip Drake at all in The Highest Stakes. You could see the great man he could be, but his greed and lies always got in the way, so I was a littl…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not fond overly fond of YA books, the few I've read just never really reached me, that was thrown out the window with Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Laini Taylor wrote at times a poetic story with a lead that is very much a teen, dealing with the at times rapid changes all teens go through in life, sometimes bitchy, selfish, heartbreaking going down the path to adulthood Karou goes through this and more, growing up in the little shop that deals out wishes for teeth, raised by chimera. Karou uses the magic of the shop to travel the world in order to gather all of these teeth. Karou goes through life between this world of chimera and her everyday life, the balance act she tries to live with topples when she runs across a fiery angel by the name of Akiva. All the blinders she's lived with is torn from her eyes, and in a short time her life is changed.

I really loved Karou, she wasn't overly emoti…

Hop, Hop, Hop Blog Hop and Friday Follow!

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Q: What superhero is your alter-ego?

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I've always held a special place in my heart for Rouge, the carefree woman with a inner turmoil. In a trouble part of my life I could really relate to her and hey her lover boy is Gambit- and he's hot ;D

Basilisk by Rob Thurman

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Basilisk by Rob Thurman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I can always count on Rob to give me, the reader, action-packed books with lots of humor and at the heart two brothers who will move heaven and earth for each other in truly dire situations.

In Chimera we follow along from Stefan Korsak view as he finds after 10+ years his brother whose been genetically-altered to be the perfect superhuman assassin, killing with a single touch. Finally breaking free from the institute that experimented on Misha (Michael) and other children, the brothers seem to have loosen the hold the institute had.
Basilisk picks up three years later and from Misha view as those who the brothers been hiding from find them, dragging them from their hard won peace. But now the ones who were the experiments are running the show, and it's once again up to Misha and Stefan to find a way to stop them before the bring complete death to the world.

It was refreshing to have Misha view to the story this time …

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Questions of the week: If you could have characters from a particular book meet and form an epic storyline with characters from a particular TV series, which would you choose and why?


An Epic battle to see who is the best brothers team! I get the Brothers Leandros from Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros books and the Winchester Brothers from Supernatural and have them fight it out, while trying to fight off baddies at the same time. Action and humor and lots of eyecandy! It's Perfect!




What is your favorite spooky book (i.e. mystery/suspense, thriller, ghost story, etc.)?

Earlier this year I read a very spooky ghost book. The Restorer by Amanda Stevens, setting alone was very haunting with it's southern touch and the ghost that happen to go by you as you enjoy the sweet breeze in the air. Very spooky...*shivers*

Blood Rights by Kristen Painter

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Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There's few books that really captured me with their world building, Kristen Painter's Blood Rights gives the reader just enough to be wanting more with new twists on the vampire lore.

Chrysabelle was born a comarré, a breed of humans to serve the noble vampires with their rich and powerful blood. With golden marks across her body, Chrysabelle is now on the run wanted for murder of her patron, into the mortal world, she finds the help of a outcast vampire Malkolm whose cursed to kill those he drinks from.
But all it not as it appears, when those who are after Chrysabelle are seeking more then her death but something that may be the only think that may stop chaos and terror from being brought the mortal world.

ComarrĂ© (Comar-male) are a sort of geisha, bred to serve the noble vampires with their rich blood that gives the vampires power, while giving the Comarre longer life, and a pampered life. Unknown to th…

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Q. If you could pick one character in a book, movie or television show to swap places with, who would it be?


Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries for two reason- Stefan and Damon. yes, I'm shallow but who could blame me!? (guys are hot!)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I remember when I was a kid, my Dad took me to the Circus, a small traveling circus with a few shows and a fewer animals, a circus that was rare even then and not heard of now of days. I remember holding my Dad's hand as we walked through the huge big top tent and feeling something magical and rare falling over me.
One show that I can clearly remember even years after is of a young woman, a Aerial silk performer as she made the silk fabric dance for her with ease and grace as it wrapped itself around and around her hands and body.

Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus was much like the aerial silk performer as the story slowly and gracefully wrapped itself around me, unfolding at the same time a magical world with intertwining stories of the past, present and future. Of love, hate, hope, pain all bringing together a story that is unforgettable.


The circus arrives without warning.


Nothing has drawn me more into a book…

Thoughts on New Kindles + Follow Me Firday

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It's pretty much in the norm to know about the on-going war between e-readers/tablets between Apple, B&N and Amazon. Now Amazon has put out their new Kindle Fire tablet along with new Kindles. While I adore and love my own Kindle, I'm kinda peeved about the new Kindles such as touchscreen. The new Kindle are much cheaper, which raises the question with me, what was the deal with the Kindle Special Offers with added ads, if the new Kindles were in the works to begin with? Having something that was going to be much cheaper without ads put out there in the very near future. Of course it's all about money and trying to keep the popularity up of said product, but in a time where we need to go green, having something cheaper may not always end up better, with ereaders perhaps ending up more in landfills like it's cousin- the cellphone. Looking at the new Kindles, while very "pretty" seem to be lacking the sharpness of the Kindle 3 now called the Kindle w…

Hard Day's Knight (Black Knight Chronicles, #1) by John G. Hartness

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Hard Day's Knight by John G. Hartness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There’s nothing better then having a great laugh and Hard’s Day Knight was packed full of humor and action with two adorable vampire leads in Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood. Both are just your avenge vampire joes who happen to get themselves into some major trouble without trying very hard.
John Hartness created a fun world with vampires and your everyday creatures of the night just trying to make an everyday living, while trying not to get staked in the progress. Much of the world was based on the old school lore of vampires, with a few questions some have asked and never have gotten an answered to like How do vampires have sex or do vampires poop?

""Hey guys, is it true you can't, you know, get it up unless you've fed recently? I mean it makes sense, it is a blood flow thing." Cue sound effect of crickets chirping"

These burning questions are sorta answered by our vampire detective …

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Anna Dressed in Blood by by Kendare Blake

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Ghosts scare the crap outta me.

But like a moth attracted to a bright bug zapper, I’ve always loved reading ghost stories or watching those scary ghost movies. So going to sleep with half the lights on in the house making it feel like mid-day instead of midnight is a given for me, but I just can’t pass up a good ghost story.

Anna Dressed in Blood scared the crap outta me, gave me nightmares and I loved every bit of it.
The book had the perfect pitch in scariness,characters and pacing. The author weaved it all together perfectly to make it hard to put it down,. Plus making it not feel like a YA book was another plus.

Cas Lowood at a young age took the mantle his father left behind hunting ghosts. With the death of his father by a ghost, Cas has made it his mission to kill what needed to stay in the ground, with his white witch mother, he travels around seeking ghosts, and perhaps one day kill the ghost that kill…

Shadow Kin (The Half-Light City, #1) by M.J. Scott

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Shadow Kin by M.J. Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I admit, I love my Urban Fantasy gritty, fast paced, action packed, with some great paranormal elements. Shadow Kin lived up to part of my expectations in the end.

Lily has been made into the perfect assassin by a Blood Lord, a wraith whose able to slip between the shadows. Until the next job puts her face to face with a sunmage, Simon DuCaine, whose light forces her from the shadows. Simon sees something in Lily, that makes him feel she can finally stop the most powerful Blood Lord of the city. As the bond and trust slowly grow between the two, it puts them in more then harm's way.

A city spilt down the middle between light and dark not figuratively speaking. Beast Kind and Blood Lords ruling part of the city, while Mages and Fae trying to keep the dark out and protecting the innocent humans and trying to prevent humans from becoming blood-locked ( sort of a drug addict) of Blood Lords . This idea drew me in, with a city at …

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

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Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It feels like you’ve been waiting in line forever! There it stands before you, the craziest rollercoster ride you’ve ever seen! You quickly climb into the seat and make sure your strapped in tightly just waiting for that sudden take-off, and off you go, you can’t seem to take a breathe as your mind is twisted, screaming out your lungs, fearing for your life on the next twist or sudden sharp turn, and when you open your eyes, take a good look ahead of you, you see that your just starting!

Blood Bound pretty much felt that way for me, from start to finish, Rachel Vincent never gave the reader a chance to catch their breathe before she gave you another twist in the story that had you in a state permanent surprise. Oh, and don’t think you can just drop this book and walk away, oh no, like a rollercoster ride, your strapped in with the need to read one more page, one more page until the very end. Lack of sleep won’t be uncommon if…

The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay

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The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I freely admit I’m addicted to this series. (More so to Hank but that’s another story) the world building, the characters, everything just draws you in and holds up even beyond the last page. In The Hour of Dust and Ashes a lot of events that has happened in the pervious two books are wrapped up with a new arc unfolding with our attention turned toward the other “heavenly” scope.

Of course before that, Kelly Gay takes Charlie and the reader to hell first on a short time limit. Because hell in Charlie Madigan’s world isn’t all fire and brimstone, but close enough. Charlie’s still dealing with the after effects of the events in The Darkest Edge of Dawn, with ash victims possessed and the worry about her sister weights heavy even more so when these victims suddenly start taking their own lives. And anyone who could help is bailing out of the city. Charlie is up against a rock and a hard place with time running out…

Lightning that Lingers by Sharon Curtis

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Lightning that Lingers by Sharon Curtis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lightning that Lingers has given a second chance at life with it's recent turn into the digital format. Giving readers a chance to rediscover this sweetly and almost magical romance of second chances.

Jennifer Hamilton is a shy librarian, who enjoys her job, but shies away from all men who tend to dismiss her and her lack of looks. Jennifer though is happy with her quiet life until one night her co-workers take her to the local strip club and she meets one of the most beautiful men she’s ever laid eyes on. She doesn’t think that her shy and innocence would reach a man like the dancer on stage until her life is turned up side down when they meet again.
Philip Brooks is a man whose love for passion, and wildlife and his old family home holds very dear to his heart, but sadly that adds up to bills he can’t pay. In order to survive and take care of the animals in his care, Philip dances on stage, and one …

Working Stiff by by Rachel Caine

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Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There's something about an underdog that gets people rooting for them, those team or person whom you cheer for to beat the odds and win the gold or have their Happy Ever After with sparkles and fireworks and for me Bryn Davis fit that bill.

Bryn won me over quickly with her everyday working girl,normal person just trying to do her job and the normal family drama we all deal with. Bryn could have been any one of us and for me that was very appealing and made me connect on a early on with her as a character. Bryn's first work day though is one for the books!

Trying to gain her feet after working on the battlefield, Bryn feels comfort working as funeral director and things seem to be really looking up for her, until she stumbles upon her boss's drug deal, and not any drug, one that revivals the death, a walking talking, thinking zombie. Knowing to much Bryn is killed in cold blood...only to be brought back as a…

Knight's Curse by Karen Duvall

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Knight's Curse by Karen Duvall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love it when a author puts a new spin on an old tale, more often then not it’s something that’s been done before, but there’s those hidden little gems that come up and surprise you like they did with me in Knight’s Curse by Karen Duvall.

Duvall builds a great world around Angels, Fallen and likewise, magic good and bad an a heroine Chalice whose just trying to survive and gain her freedom.
At birth Chalice is born with super senses, to the point of having to use nose plugs, ears plugs and special contacts for her eyes just to function. These gifts are not unknown to the world at a tender age and raised by monks most of her life, Chalice is kidnapped and sees the monks whom raised her killed by Gavin who works with a dark organization Vyantara, that wants to take all the magic dark or light to use for their gain. Gavin being the perfect greedy asshat takes over Chalice young life. Later Chalice is made a thief to ste…