Review: Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

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Review by Poo Penny

Holy freaky moly can Ilona Andrews write a good book. First, they are SO SO SOOOO good at building chemistry and romance, and Curran and Kate haven’t even kissed! HOW DO THEY DO THIS TO ME. I am sitting over here drooling over Curran, and I do not do that often. And second, that closing scene! That was extremely sexy, and all he did was whisper in her ear.

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Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

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Review by Poo Penny

This was more fun than I was expecting. It was also suuuuper cheesy. I get why people were throwing around a Buffy feel with it, but since I was never a huge Buffy fan, I am happy to say that I only got a slight Buffy feel, and to me that is a good thing. Probably because it had college and vampire killing in common, and a vampire boyfriend, but that’s where the similarities in book 1 stop.

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Mini Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

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4.75 stars

I love, love, love this series. The race to find the villain was engrossing, and I enjoyed meeting all of the supporting cast for this outing. And the horses. I loved the horsey bits! I would have gone with the not quite park horse, too. I can understand why some people might get bored or confused with the focus on the show horses, but I felt right at home. This has been my favorite installment of the Alpha & Omegaseries, and I can hardly wait for the next one. I love the world building, the werewolves, and how uneasily they interact with each other and the world around them.

Grade: A-

Review copy obtained from my local library

About the book

The Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

Guest Post: Yolanda Stefsos, Author of Hell of a Ride

Hey! How are you all doing today? Firstly, I’d like to say thanks to Manga Maniac Café for giving me the opportunity to stop by and talk about my latest book release.

When a few secondary characters from my Sierra Fox series started speaking to me before I’d even finished Sierra’s adventure, I knew there’d be no getting away from writing a spin-off novel or two. And that’s exactly what HELL OF A RIDE happens to be—a spin-off story in the POV of demon hunter, Lavie Grye.

Lavie is a chatty character. She spoke fast and threw so much info my way that I had to start writing everything down as soon as the ideas started. One of the first things I realized about her tale was that it would be a road trip. Although other places in Australia are mentioned, all five books in Sierra’s series take place somewhere in Sydney. She never actually ventures out of New South Wales because there’s a hell of a lot for her to deal with where she lives. But now that things are somewhat stable in Sydney, Lavie is free to venture out and chase problems going on in other locations.

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Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

 

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The Mercy Thompson series has become one of my favorites.  I enjoy it so much that I’ve read the entire series in a little over a year, something that I never do.  I usually get bored with an author’s writing style if I read too many of them so close together, but that’s not happening with these books, mainly because I like the primary characters and the world building so much.  I also enjoy Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series, but I am one book behind, mainly because, argh! what am going to do after I get all caught up with her other werewolf pack?  The wait for the next book in either series will be agonizing.

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Mini Review: Nightfall by Ellen Conner

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I loved the action, but struggled with the protagonists. They aren’t particularly likable, or rational, which made me doubt they would, indeed, survive the end of the world.  Jenna, in particular, behaves with extreme immaturity, which both grated and made me wish, even for a moment, that she would be the next victim of the demon dogs.  She is more upset that Mason freezes her out emotionally than she’s mad that he kidnapped her, tying her up and tossing her in the trunk of her car before driving her to his isolated cabin in the woods.  He only does it to “save” her from the end of the world, but since she doesn’t believe that the end of the world is nigh, she should have been a lot more pissed at him than she was about that incident.

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