Friday, July 17, 2020

ARC: The Unseen by Thea Harrison (part 1 of 4 novellas)


Saying goodbye to their old life in the Wyr demesne in New York may be hard, but Dragos and Pia are determined to create a new life in the Other land of Rhyacia.
At first, everything seems idyllic. Rhyacia is paradisiacal. Accompanied by old friends and new allies, the future looks safe and bright for Dragos, Pia, and baby Niall.
But strange things are happening beneath the picturesque façade. Items move unaccompanied, buildings collapse without justifiable cause, and even the most Powerful residents of Rhyacia can provide no logical explanation for the events transpiring. Whispered rumors point to something called the unseen.
As Dragos and Pia investigate, they uncover a greater mystery than they could have imagined, and they realize the startling truth…
They’re not alone in Rhyacia. The land Dragos had thought was uninhabited hides many secrets, a shocking history that’s not quite ready to be buried, and something more.
Something ancient, evil, and hungry. Something that wants to consume Dragos and take everything he holds dear.
Something that just may be powerful enough to overcome the dragon…


I think a lot of us forget that Pia is not even 30 years old yet nor have her and Dragos been mated even 5 years yet. Though, they are devoted to each other and have gone thru some heavy stuff they're relationship is still developing. As this story begins, Pia is coming to grips with another major chapter of her life ending as well another beginning. 

We also see nuances of Pia and Dragos's relationship as well as their interactions with other characters (sentinels and others). As the Unseen is  introduced we also get a glimpse into the growth that Pia's character has experienced and is experiencing. Dragos himself points it out. He follows it up with a gentle urging of allowing herself the room to be more of a leader and confident in her own skin.
Now enter the true idea of the Unseen. I knew going in that the book was going to end in a cliffhanger, but oh my goodness - did it ever. Dragos is gone now and Pia is in charge. My heart literally ceased to beat correctly as she laid out her directions to Graydon. It all became clear why the author chose to have Dragos give her such a pep talk. She would need it now as she is now the head Wyr in charge. She has to be confident in herself and trust her orders and choices as they all seek to get Dragos back. 
Rating: High and should be talked about
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy, #4)Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing my ARC.

First off, I do feel that you need to have read the Hidden Legacy series before starting Catalina Baylor’s story. Based on the previous series, we know that Catalina is the new Prime of the Baylor house (her older sister Nevada has married and joined a new house). She has been classified as a Siren, which is a form of Truthseeking. Catalina is also the new head of the private investigation firm that the Baylor family owns. They have a new case – the death of a previous character’s (a friend who happens to be a modern day Poison Ivy) mother. With an old crush of hers, Alessandro, who is more than he seems they work together to solve the murder while building alliances and learning new things along the way.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pythen by Erin Raegan (Galactic Mates book 1)

Pythen (Galactic Order, #1)Pythen by Erin Raegan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was searching thru Amazon for something to read and stumbled upon this series. The initial sexual interaction between the two main characters, I can admit, was hard to read. It straddled the line of consent. I enjoyed the description and the interactions between the characters. The aliens were different and reminded me of the 90s cartoon Gargoyles. I enjoyed it and will be reading the rest of the series.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

ARC: American Witch by Thea Harrison

American WitchAmerican Witch by Thea Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This author created such a well-written story because of the fact that she created likeable and relatable characters as well as unlikeable characters. To be honest, some of the characters were so detestable I wanted their comeuppance in the form of a house falling straight on top of them. Austin I’m looking at you. I am no stranger to Thea Harrison’s works and I am proud to say that this book is just as engaging as her Elder Race series. Molly is a burgeoning witch and just so happens to have a magical outburst during a public altercation between her and her soon to be ex-husband. Little does she know that a powerful warlock is in her vicinity and offers to assist her in learning the magical ropes. He has his own motives and training a new witch definitely isn’t one of them, but power recognizes power. Josiah, and his coven, has plans – dangerous plans. And as such, this story is more than just Molly and Josiah building a foundation and a relationship. There are feelings but they take a backseat to Josiah’s plans, but in the process Molly finds her true calling and taps into an amazing power. These two characters are on two different pathways in life, but these paths intertwine and this is that intertwining story.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

In a Badger Way (Honey Badger Chronicles, #2) by Shelly Laurenston

In a Badger Way (Honey Badger Chronicles, #2)In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shelly Laurenston always writes the funniest books. She has the perfect combo of humor, romance and action. Its never dull when you read her shifter books. So now that we know Honey Badger's exist and that they are all thieves that eat snakes whom are also hard to kill - in walks Shen and Stevie. She is manic and a prodigy. Shen is laid back and all he wants to do is his job and eat bamboo. The most unlikely combo, but throw in a suspect ex of Stevie's and the craziness that is the MacKilligan family and you have yourself a great read.

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No Man Can Tame (The Dark-Elves of Nightbloom, #1) by Miranda Honfleur

No Man Can Tame (The Dark-Elves of Nightbloom, #1)No Man Can Tame by Miranda Honfleur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Picked this up based on the cover, but Veron and Aless pulled me in. It took me a few tries before I became immersed, but once I did-I was all in. These aren't your Lord of the Rings elves. These are some claw-having assassins with grey skin and fangs.
Princess Alessandra is a pawn in her father and one of the Queen of the elf kingdom's plans. Hopefully, she can get the prince of the elves to go along with her plan but little does she know that the elves are starving and her marriage is the sole answer.

When I think of Veron I think of Prince Nuada.

And Princess Alessandra

I'm so excited for the next part in the series. The Brotherhood I'm sure will be back and so will (view spoiler).


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Monday, October 15, 2018

ARC Lionheart (Moonshadow #3) by Thea Harrison

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the final story in her spellbinding Moonshadow trilogy…

King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries, until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace, while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life.

A skilled trauma surgeon and magic-user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the uncureable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?

Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.

For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.

Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed…


Overall grade:  A+

Predictability: 1 out of 5 where 5 is I might as well have written the book I can lay it out so well 

I would say it’s pretty hard to use a common concept and flush out the story without being predictable, but Thea Harrison has done that in this book. As I made my way thru the book, I quickly noticed that I had no idea whatsoever of where the author was going with the story. And I loved it! So periodically, I found myself stopping in different areas of the book and wondering if I could predict what was going to happen. This was so refreshing and I enjoyed that aspect of this reading experience the most. 

Best part(s) of the book:

Imagery. I immediately fell in love with the imagery the author presented in the capital of Lyonesse. So devastating in its beauty. First of all, the city had been completely destroyed under the onslaught of Oberon’s unchecked power and I could only imagine how heartbreaking and eerie the deserted city was.  Aqueducts partly submerged by water and palatial columns encased in solid pieces of ice. WHOA! I was taken aback and actually had to reread the scene where Dr. Kathryn entered the city and its palace multiple times. I was so enraptured by the imagery I am wondering if the author had an image she referred to as she wrote it. 
Another favorite part of the book was the internal struggle and the overall personality of Oberon. I thought it extremely interesting to compare the two personalities of Oberon vs Dragos. I understand that they are two separate characters and their similarities in no way shape or form equal their differences, but the dynamic was amazing. Two strong monarchs and to see how Oberon dealt with his impending downfall in comparison to how Dragos handled his memory loss and close call with death – night and day. Oberon, in his cursed state, in no shape or form is a likeable character. He is pushy, dangerous and outright scary. I, myself, almost had a heart attack when he shifted into a gigantic white lion. 

There is so much to love and appreciate in this book. Imagery. Tension. Personal struggle. Personality clashes. Heartache. Emotional agony. Recovery. War. Violence. Dedication. Suffice to say this book is the best, in my opinion, of this series so far. We’re all on pins and needles hoping against hope that Dr.Kathryn can save Oberon – if she doesn’t kill him herself because of his inflexibility. 
 *thanks to the Author for granting me this ARC