Mini Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Review by Poo Penny

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I have been reading the Kate Daniels books pretty much back-to-back, and I do not know how the Ilona Andrews writing team have managed to keep them interesting and engaging, but they do.

Yes, there was a lot of drama in this book, but since it is not my life, I welcome it. Also, I thought they did a GREAT job telling the whole story here, not just focusing on the drama. There were also some awesome fight scenes, between Kate and Hugh, between Kate and monsters, and the scene when Kate finds the shepherd (it’s been a few days and a few books, this is what he called himself, right?) after almost drowning is interesting. There is plenty of information in this book, and it is not really centered around Kate and Curran.

Grade: 5 stars

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Review: Heavy Hitter by Sarina Bowen

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I really liked O’Doul from Rookie Move, so I was looking forward to reading his story.  At first I didn’t find that there was much chemistry between Patrick and Ari, and I was a little disappointed.  Maybe I wasn’t totally behind Ari as his love interest. I’ll be honest; a yoga instructor just isn’t on my list of to-die-for occupations.  It’s like my disinterest in chef characters. While I love to eat, I have no love for cooking.

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Mini Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Review by Poo Penny

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Well, another freaking great novel in the Kate Daniels series. I am SO happy I have the next 2 books at my side, and that my library has the next 2 waiting for me to pick up, because I would drink myself into oblivion if I didn’t have them. It’s not hard to do, I have the same tolerance as Kate does in that bathtub scene, a beer and I am loopy. Just ask my husband!

Well, seriously, get on these books! I love them! They just get better and better. I don’t know how they do it. I just hope I get a Kate, Curran, and Derek OD soon or I wont know what to do.

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Novella Review: Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

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I love these Tor novellas.  There are times when I’m in the mood for a shorter read, because of time constraints or frame of mind, but I still want something that feels meaty.  These novellas hit the spot every time.  Brother’s Ruin is a magical steampunk adventure with a feisty heroine who puts herself in harm’s way again and again to save her family.

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Review: Her Cowboy Lawman by Pamela Britton

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Despite some minor irritations, I thought this was a great read. Lauren Danners is a young widow struggling to raise her son. She reluctantly moves in with her brother Jax, grateful for his generosity, but slightly resentful that she must rely on him. When Jax encourages Kyle to take up steer riding, Lauren has a whole new set of problems to focus on. What if her baby is hurt by a crazy steer?
Lauren mets Bren at Kyle’s first show. Bren is the town’s sheriff, as well as a retired Green Beret. After a miserable marriage to an ex military man, Lauren has sworn off another relationship with one. Bren, a more mature hero, is bothered by the 12 year age difference between them, and declares Lauren off-limits. Dating her might make waves for his re-election.

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Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

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I love this series, and have been eagerly awaiting the final installment.  Real Life kept getting in the way of reading my eArc, however, but I finally found a chunk of time to set aside to do nothing but read Etched in Bone.  This was everything I had hoped for and more.  I was left with happy tingles by the end, and getting there was an adventure with all of the residents of the Courtyard. When Meg encounters danger, she isn’t a passive victim, but instead takes control of her own rescue.  She has grown a lot, and Simon, the growly Wolf, has also been changed from his interactions with the young blood prophet.

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Review: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

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Review by Poo Penny

Maybe it is unfair that I started this book when I started a new job, and had just begun driving my 17 hour trek from Florida to Texas, but it took me nearly a month to make it through this one. I adore Tessa Dare’s writing style. She is witty, her characters have personalities, flaws, and are relate-able. Oh, and her sex scenes are spot on. This book however… I was left wanting so much more. Bram was ok, Susanna was ok. They were just ok.

And I didn’t care for the cove scene, because that sounded so uncomfortable. I liked Dinner the most! The silly little lamb, and he wasn’t even mentioned at the end! Or maybe he was, and thats how done I was with this book when I finally reached the last few pages.

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