Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Review: Other Worlds: A Collection of stories by Isadora Brown and other authors 5 of 5 stars

Other Worlds: A Limited Edition Collection of Science Fiction Romance and Paranormal Romance Other Worlds: A Limited Edition Collection of Science Fiction Romance and Paranormal Romance by Allyson Lindt by Isadora Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read so far:
Discovering Starlight by Isadora Brown
This is the story of two sisters who have been separated at birth for their own safety as they are princesses and others want them to be dead. One of them knows she is a princess and has been raised with all of the trappings of such a life, the other has been raised as a normal person who has gone through education and now employment and has no idea of who she really is. The story is told from the point of view of 4 people and it is easy to work out who you are reading as their name is the heading of the chapter. It ends with a bit of a cliffhanger that comes a little abruptly but is a great first story in this series so a good hook to go and get the next in the series.

Will add to this review as I read more from this great looking collection of books.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Review: Cloaked in Sorcery by T.F. Walsh 5 of 5 stars

Cloaked in Sorcery Cloaked in Sorcery by T.F. Walsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Werewolf Kalin Asen is part of the entertainment in Bran Castle which should be easy until she meets Axe Vuk commander from the Russian pack and it seems he might be her soul-mate - but he wants her pack dead so she tries hard to ignore it. Axe on the other hand has one mission - to get the ownership of Bran Castle signed over to his Alpha. Problem is it's not for sale so they've got a witch to put a hex on everyone to lose their inhibitions. So is this undeniable attraction between Kalin and Axe real or due to the enchantment? However everything suddenly gets out of control and all the weres lose control of their wolves and start chomping down on the humans in the castle. Can Kalin and Axe survive and get the chance to work out if they truly are soul-mates?

Great story that was very well told.  Loved the premise of the story which had touches of the wolf's hunger where Kalin was hungry and eating food that was being passed around.  The writing was great as I would have expected from this author.  Very enjoyable with lots of drama and the promise of something great in subsequent books.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Review: River Rising by John A. Heldt 5 of 5 stars

River Rising River Rising by John A. Heldt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adam Carson is 27, an Engineer and the eldest of 5 siblings. When their parents disappear Adam starts to search for answers as to what had happened. Finding a secret website he convinces his siblings that they are stuck somewhere in the 1880's and that they should all go and try to find them and bring them back. They split up when there and Greg goes to the Wild West, Natalie works as a journalist and the two youngest enrol in high school. Having no prior knowledge of the area nor the time are in they have to get used to the clothes, events and norms of the time which puts them in situations of danger, adventure and there are opportunities for love on the way.

This is the first book in this new series from the author and was a great start to a new time travelling series involving the Carson family and the adventures that they are involved in. There was plenty of drama, danger and even some romance in places, so it was a very enjoyable read. I liked the contrast between the events and experiences of each of the siblings which was a clever way to cover lots of different stories with a common theme to pull them together. The writing was of a good standard and it was easy to empathise with the thoughts and emotions as the characters went through the events in their stories. I'm looking forward now to the next instalment of their combined stories.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Review: Dragon-Born: The Dragon-Born Saga Books 1-3 by K.N. Lee

Dragon-Born: The Dragon-Born Saga Books 1-3, Half-Blood Dragon, Magic-Born Dragon, Queen of the Dragons Dragon-Born: The Dragon-Born Saga Books 1-3, Half-Blood Dragon, Magic-Born Dragon, Queen of th by K.N. Lee
e DragonsMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

Half-Blood Dragon:
Rowen is a lady in waiting and trying to execute her stepfather's plan for her to marry the crown prince and improve the family's status. However she keeps having dreams that warn her that she is going to die in an unpleasant way. Then the dreams come true as she is framed and sentenced to death for the murder of the very prince she was going to marry. She has nowhere to run as the power is all in the hands of the full blood dragon shifters. Can the stranger save Rowen from execution and can she work with her gift and find the courage to set the world on fire?

I loved this story. I can imagine politics in a royal household being like she encountered and I definitely felt for her as the story unfolded and she was forced into situations through no fault of her own. The story was well written and I could definitely feel the emotions for the characters involved in the story.

Magic-Born Dragon:
Rowen is a fugitive and must avoid being captured by the Dragons by hiding in the human realm. All she has is a treasure map to find the Red Dragon and her two powers of persuasion and prophecy. She finds help from a new friend and has to hide from a pirate who is concentrating on vengeance. Then a man from her past warns her and questions this whole journey.

Wow - the plot definitely thickened in this book. I LOVED the story and the way it developed. It was very well told and the writing was easy to understand but also meant that I felt all the complex thoughts and emotions involved in the story. The ending was just WOW!!! I can't wait to find out what happens next in this complex story. You have got to read this.

Queen of the Dragons:
Rowen is a half-blood dragon who was taken by the Red Dragon and seems to have lost her memory. But she finds out some ancient secrets and her memory after a strange black dragon tries to free her (and gets injured in the process). Now they are both captives while he recovers. Elian Westin is a Captain and he and the remnants of his crew are travelling to Withrae where a war between dragons and humans is brewing - and it's not clear which side they will choose when he meets the woman who broke his heart years ago and suddenly the fate of both her and his daughter are at stake.

There was lots of action in the story as a the threads of the story were woven together to come to some fairly explosive conclusions. There were lots of surprises and twists and turns on the way. The story was well written and easy to understand. A very enjoyable read that transported me off to a land of dragons, magicians and humans.

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Review: SEALs of Honor: Ryder by Dale Mayer 5 of 5 stars

SEALs of Honor: Ryder SEALs of Honor: Ryder by Dale Mayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ryder is a SEAL and has spent his career in all sorts of dangerous places but it pales in comparison to when he lost the one good thing in his life - his best friend Caitlyn. When Ryder goes to a medical facility to visit a friend he sees her working there and wonders if he can cope with the torture of her not being his anymore but maybe being just his friend so he doesn't lose her completely. Caitlyn is determined to work anywhere - even overseas if it means she can see him after she screwed up and pushed her best friend away. However when their outpost is attacked and supplies go missing it is the start of something much worse especially when Caitlyn is kidnapped. Can they work out their priorities and move past the events in their past?

A roller-coaster ride of both events and feelings in this powerful story of love and a journey of self awareness. The descriptions of the places they were and the events that were happening were clear and easy to understand. As I read the story I found myself getting more and more into the story and reading faster even though there were times I just wanted to give Caitlyn a shake and tell her to stop being an idiot! Ryder sounded like a really nice guy and was hot too, and she really needed to get her act together (and was incredibly lucky there was no one there to try and heal Ryder. Well written as I would expect,

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Review: Prequel (Dragons of Novai #0) by Ashley L. Hunt 4 of 5 stars

Prequel Prequel (Dragons of Novai #0) by Ashley L. Hunt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Novai are an alien race who have had no home for centuries but with the help of the A’li-uud from the Albaterra series they are searching for a new home planet. The captain of their large mothership Arguute Hett is working with the A'li-uud and doing his best to face dangers in a determined effort to put down roots and walk beneath the sun even though it may put some in danger it will in the long run benefit the many.

This is the book that joins the Albaterra books with the Novi books and sets the scene quite nicely. A great start to the series and I really hope it continues to be as good as it promises to be.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Review: Magic & Romance by A.K. Michaels and others 4 of 5 stars

Magic & Romance Magic & Romance by A.K. Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Dragon and the Vampire by A.K. Michaels:

Ronan is a powerful vampire and Director of the Supernatural Enforcement Bureau is surprised to find out that dragons DO exist and that one is being hunted in his area. He has to find her and then protect her with everything he has before a group of black magic practising supernaturals catch her. Starr is a dragon and has spent her life hiding in order to say alive. When she meets Ronan she suddenly feels safe and it becomes apparent they are mates.

Great story with lots of drama and danger in the desperate fight to keep Starr safe. Mixed into that was a love story which certainly has a foundation in physical love too. Good start to the series. Well written and a pleasant read.

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