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Forbidden Jewel of India by Louise Allen

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Forbidden Jewel of India by Louise Allen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




Louise Allen has become an auto-buy author for me, her books always end up on my keeper shelf as she delivers a vast story filled with rich history in a small package.

Placing her reader in India in the late 1700's, Anusha Laurens the daughter of an India princess and English peer is in danger of the conflicts of the courts of Rajasthan. Anusha is stuck between worlds not knowing where she truly belongs after her father rejected her and her mother when his wife returned. She's even more conflicted when she meets her "escort" Major Nicholas Herriard whose job is to return her to her father safe and sound. Of course Nick doesn't count of the attraction he feels to the fiery princess and the danger that brings them closer and the test it does to his honor and heart.

Nick and Anusha start off on the wrong foot as Anusha feels no love lost for her father and Nick whose just doing his bidding. Nick …

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2) by Laini Taylor

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Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I truly fell hard for the world Lain Taylor built in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, she continues somewhat in this vein in Days of Blood and Starlight with the effects the neverending war has on not just our main characters but on innocents in the crosshairs.

At times the book was pretty hard to read, so be sure to have a few tissues close at hand, we see Karou still coming to grips with the past and now the present with the hot betrayal of Akiva across her heart. Karou grows from the innocent art student to an harden warrior faced with trying to save her race. It pushes to the very brink and yet she still keeps on going, fighting, trying to live up and believe in what her mentor Brimstone believed in.

This is where I felt Taylor kinda lost me. I adored viewing the world from Karou's eyes and her emotions and also enjoyed the glimpses of Akiva and others. I just wish she didn't skip so much between POV…

Katana by Cole Gibsen

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Katana by Cole Gibsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




When I picked up "Katana" by Cole Gibsen I really had no expectations and didn't know what to expect. The flow of the writing and story really just caught me. This book was stuffed full action that would having you step into the middle of a Kill Bill scene. Throw in a young woman samurai reincarnated into a young teen of today and a dash of romance and you have a kick-ass story.

Rileigh Martin is a skater girl living day to day. Until one day she fends off three muggers in the mall parking lot without breaking a sweat.

Rileigh's never had a day of martial arts training.

Things get even weired when a voice starts giving out points in battle and dire warnings to be careful in her head. Then she meets Kim who seems to know what happening to her as more attacks are targeting Rileigh then something just random and are after everyone she knows and loves.

As I started to really get wrapped up in the story all these g…