Reviews by Poo Penny: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Review by Poo Penny

May Contain Spoilers

Kate went out with a bang! I am kind of sad we aren’t going to get to read about how this new world is going to be. At least we have some Hugh books to look forward to. I am hoping that maybe Conlan will make a debut in them because I feel like his story was not wrapped up for me.  Read more

Audio Review: Kodiak’s Claim by Eve Langlais


May Contain Spoilers

I am been having a very difficult time finishing anything longer than a graphic novel. I was scrolling through the titles included in my Audible Romance package subscription, and decided to give Kodiak’s Claim, as well as a zombie book, a listen. Since I had a lengthy drive to a horse show, I needed something to hold my attention. I enjoy shifter books, and I haven’t read many with bears, so I clicked the borrow button.

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Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh


May Contain Spoilers

I have to sheepishly admit that I’ve had a review copy of Silver Silence since last year. It slipped through the cracks and I never got to it. When I saw that the audio book was in at the library, I decided that the time is now! I need to catch up on the series before Ocean Light comes out in June. Guys, I loved this book! I listened to it when I was in the car, and read the review copy whenever I had an extra second. What a great hero, and what a fun book!

I was kind of hesitating on this because we have a huge shift in location to Russia. Gone are the wolves and cats I have come to love. I wasn’t ready to get to know the bears, and Silver Mercant? I thought she was okay as Krychek’s capable assistant, but I wasn’t convinced she would make a worthy heroine. I stand corrected. All of the characters in Silver Silence were extremely likeable, from Valentin and Silver, to Ena Mercant and all of the bears. I love the bears. They make the wolves and the cats look bland and lifeless in comparison. 

After an assassination attempt is made on Silver’s life, Valentin, who has been nursing a bear-sized crush on Silver since the moment he met her, suggests that she come to Denhome and hide out with his clan. She would be safe as a brick of gold in Fort Knox, and Ena could track down the would be killers without having to worry about her granddaughter. Though Silver isn’t too keen on the idea, she relents.  If someone was able to sneak past the security of her apartment building and poison her food, she is clearly not safe at home. So, she reluctantly moves in with the bears. And my oh my, she is in for a courtship that will spin her head. What a lucky lady!

The banter between the characters was delightful. Valentin and Silver made a great couple. The destabilizing threats they faced to the fragile peace between the Psy, Changelings, and humans were compelling, and kept me glued to the story. I enjoyed everything about this installment of the Psy-Changeling world, and I am primed for the next book. This is one of the longest series I have read, and I am amazed that I am still enjoying it. I tend to get tired of long series and drop them eventually, but the author keeps switching things up enough that I keep coming back for more.

Grade: 4.5 stars

Review copy provided by publisher

About the book:

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence–her mind clear of all emotion–Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews


May Contain Spoilers

I have been holding off on reading Magic Shifts and Magic Binds until closer to the release of Magic Triumphs. I was experiencing another pesky reading slump, when nothing was holding my attention other than manga, so I picked this up. It’s been sitting on my Kindle (thanks, Poo Penny!) for a long time, and I figured no time like the present. That leaves one more volume until the final Kate Daniels book is released in August. It will be sad to see the end of this series.

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Audio Review: Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison @BerkleyPub


May Contain Spoilers

Book 2 of the Elder Races

I really enjoyed Dragon Bound, the first book in the Elder Races, but I haven’t had time to pick up Book Two. Then along came Audible and their Romance Package, and soon I was listening away to Storm’s Heart during my short commutes around town. I listened to most of this, but caved near the end and borrowed the book from the library so I could gobble it up and be done. It was a fun read!

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Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews


May Contain Spoilers

I’ve been trying to pace myself because the final Kate Daniels book isn’t due out until May 2018. But screw that! I am enjoying these so much, and when I get in a reading slump (which I believe is partly due to the wonder of Kate Daniels), I keep going back to these. The characters have all earned a special place in my reading heart, and I love catching up with them in every volume.

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Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews


May Contain Spoilers

This volume of the Kate Daniels series started with a huge bang. After a navigator loses control of a vampire, Kate has to head off a blood-thirsty vampire before it wreaks havoc near her office. This adventure will seem tame after she’s hired by the Red Guard to locate a missing inventor that they had snatched from their protection. They don’t know what he working on, but the proto-type was stolen too. Oh, and can Kate keep a lid on her investigation? If word gets out that the Red Guard had a client kidnapped out from under their noses, they will obviously lose face – and lots of business.

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