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Book Review: ‘Maya: Wisdom from the Queen’ by Celia Kyle

Title: Maya: Wisdom from the Queen (Ridgeville Series Book 11)

Published: 23rd August 2014

Author: Celia Kyle

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Twitter: @celiakyle

 

Blurb:

Enjoy all of Maya’s wisdom in one handy volume. This free ebook includes fun sketches, hilarious quotes, and a few special sneak peeks at Maya and Alex today.

 

Review:

Well it’s safe to say that this is a book for fans of the Ridgeville series. You have lots of funny Mayaisms at the beginning to keep you laughing along the way. Amusing to say the least to get inside our queens head. I haven’t read the whole series, only a few books, so couldn’t tell you if they were new or a grouped selection from other books but they were fun to read through all the same.

 

A couple of Maya quotes that I found amusing from the long list this gives you:

“Live by the three “F” rule: If they don’t fuck you, feed you or finance you, they don’t matter.”

“You should always have a freezer full of ice cream. You never know who’s gonna stop by.”

 

There is a small short story at the end of the funny quotes that was good. Interesting getting a snap shot into what life is like now for the shifters and what trouble Maya can get herself into this time, with a little extra help from her boys and best friend in tow. Her mate Alex can’t stay mad at her for too long though. One growl is all it takes for his mind to wonder to other thoughts. So all’s happy in Maya’s world then.

If you like the series then you will get a kick out of reading this. With it only being short it’s the perfect in between book when thinking about what to pick up next.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Sweet Sacrifice’ by L.D. Rose

Title: Sweet Sacrifice (The Soul Mate Tree Book 9)

Published: 28th December 2017

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Author: L.D. Rose

Facebook: www.facebook.com/writerldrose

Twitter: @ld_rose

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ld_rose

 

Blurb:

Heaven is hell without her…

Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.

As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

A standalone paranormal romance in The Soul Mate Tree Series.

 

Review:

Interesting paranormal fantasy angels vs. demons read that draws you into the new world they are creating. Or rather one that has been there but us humans just can’t see. Well not once we grow up a bit and lose that innocence look on things.

Soul mates lost to each other always seem to find a way back, just might take a little time and a change to what they are. Irene is still mourning the loss of her husband Bash who died two years ago in Afghanistan. Only thing is that he’s not completely gone. More like given a new role as an angel Arc to help fight a new war against monsters that go bump in the night. Once a soldier always a soldier it seems, both keeping him from the one who means the most. He is meant to keep his distance from Irene, for her good as well as his own, but fate plays a part in putting her back in his path again. One look and nothing will keep him away from her this time, no matter the cost.

When Irene sees Bash again she thinks she’s dreaming, or going completely crazy, but if she is she doesn’t care if she can keep him. Chemistry between them was off the charts. The need from being apart for so long was intense. Once touch and you could almost feel their pain from not touching all this time. Coming back to what they both see as home. She is definitely put through the ringer by Bash one way or the other as her mind feels like its breaking. She needs answers but when secrets are revealed and rules broken they cause consequences for Bash. What is he willing to lose to keep the one thing that means the most?

Interesting world created and fun characters throughout. Liked the interactions between Bash and Gabe on their demon hunting missions, brothers in arms who have each other’s back. Other Arc’s are not ones to get on the wrong side of so Bash needs to be careful of what he does. The tree stuff was a bit strange to follow with the rest of the story. Not sure if it links more with other books in series but with reading this as a standalone it just didn’t flow with the story at all.

Soul mates drawn back to each other but will the Powers that be pull them apart? Worth checking out if you like a little paranormal angels thrown in with romance and danger from demons, a mix worth exploring.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘King, King, Goose?’ By Mandy M. Roth

Title: King, King, Goose? A Realm of the Dragon Shifters Short Story

Published: 30th May 2012

Publisher: The Raven Books

Author: Mandy M. Roth

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Twitter: @mandymroth

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mandymroth

 

Blurb:

King, King, Goose?

A Realm of the Dragon Shifters Short Story

As a dragon shifter and king of his people, King Najarni wants to make his lovely wife happy. Her human ways are a mystery to him. Her Earthly customs and holidays are something he knows little about. When his trusted guards return from the human realm, having mastered the art of Christmas, he knows his queen will be overjoyed.
At least, that was the plan.

 

Review:

Review up late but goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set at Christmas time.

Talk about a Christmas to remember! Najarni, the dragon shifter King, wishes to make his human wife, Tara, happy and will do anything to make it so. He knows how hard it was to give up her world and customs with coming to the dragon shifter realm. One she never knew even existed. Seems Tara got a shock when Najarni spotted her and knew she was to be his. Sweeping her off her feet to claim her quite literally and take her back home with him. Three years on she couldn’t be happier but always gets somber around her Christmas time. So plan of action for Najarni was to send his finest warriors to the human realm to learn all the customs of Christmas to give her the best surprise yet.

Things don’t go quite to plan though. Firstly ‘The Roger’ must not be harmed; this goose isn’t getting cooked. Next we have carols being sung with a difference (an oomph being a key factor in their moves and choice of words) and then you have a gift that really should have been opened in private. These warriors really should have checked where they got their information!

Entertaining all the same as one calamity seems to lead to the next. Think Tara’s sides will be hurting by all the laughing she does – even funnier as they don’t realise what they are doing wrong. Fun interpretations of Christmas classics it seems. It will sure be a crazy Christmas celebration to remember. Let’s see what next year brings.

Free short read that was a nice stopgap between books to give you a bit of a laugh with the capers these dragon shifters can get into. Who would have thought being chased by a goose would cause them to get in a flap. Tara got her Christmas wish and I’m thinking an even better present later that night.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Where There’s Smoke’ by Jodi Picoult

Title: Where There’s Smoke

Published: 19th May 2014

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Author: Jodi Picoult

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Twitter: @JodiPicoult

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jodipicoult

 

Blurb:

Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have died. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts.

When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage – to both her reputation and her show – Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.

 

Review:

Serenity has always had a gift to see and converse with those that have passed over. As a child she might not have realised that not all people can see them but as an adult a lot has changed. Mainly the fact she has made a living off her gift. Only on her terms though, so that’s likely to bite her in the butt sooner rather than later.

She has people guarding her on both planes – whether real or metaphysical. Lucinda and Desmond are there to act as go betweens with other ghosts trying to chat. She relies on them a lot but once frustrated will learn not to take people – real or ghost – for granted.

After a difficult reading from a military vet she gets a bit of a fiery friend for a while. Can’t help when her next reading is more of a search to find someone. When voices from the other side go quiet her luck may be running out.

Interesting read that draws you along but it felt a little rushed even though only a short story. Just when you felt it was finishing off one story thread it kind of just ended without explaining everything. Leaving you wanting more or just a little confused? Well perhaps a bit of both but ok as a quick read.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Monsters I Have Known’ by Jess Hartley

Title: Monsters I Have Known: A Collection of Short Stories

Published: 26th June 2017

Publisher: Mad Muse Studio

Author: Jess Hartley

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Blurb:

Come take a walk in the shadows alongside award-winning writer/editor/novelist, Jess Hartley, as she leads you through 13 intriguing tales of monstrous beings – supernatural or otherwise. In this, Hartley’s first solo anthology, readers will find a broad offering of genres – horror, romance, steampunk, fantasy and more – including her never-before-published murder mystery novella – Love Never Dies. Monsters I Have Known collects both well-loved favorites from previously published anthologies and never-before-seen fiction, presenting them with insightful introductions to share with readers some of the circumstances surrounding each story’s creation. A must-have introduction for those new to Hartley’s work, and a convenient compilation for fans of her career in the roleplaying game industry.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A paranormal book. Well some of the short stories had a paranormal element to them.

An interesting collection of short stories exploring different genres throughout, going from the mundane, to horrors and supernatural bizarre. Some I liked more than others as I felt they had a bit more depth to them with the characters and the story they were telling. Also I think it depended on the length of them as well.

Here are a few of my favourite ones and what I thought of them:

Love Never Dies – Elizabeth wakes up in the ocean on a stormy night trying to fight her way to land. When she wakes she doesn’t really know who she is – and later – what she has become. Her memories get triggered when she walks up steps to a house, shocking a man from inside a window. Billy panics to get her inside and so the troubles of what happened start to surface. Elizabeth doesn’t know what happened but has a feeling she shouldn’t trust him. He might want to continue with a plan to get what he wants but something mysterious with Elizabeth seems to make things take a different turn. Both futures are about to change.

Immaterial Witness – When you can see ghosts what better way to make a living than by giving ghost tours. Seems others aren’t as sure of her skill, to the point of her being mocked by a male host in an interview. He says that him and his crew want to join on haunted hotel tour later so she wonders if she can make believers of them. The host on the other hand has other ideas about what the night should entail taking the name of ghost hunter to a new level. Lets see what the ghosts think of that.

Of Rain and Roses – heartbreak leading you on a walk in the rain while your mind is in a haze. How long to wonder before stumbling upon someone at a memorial. Words of wisdom to always remember the past and its mistakes so you don’t repeat it. Remembering what happened can set your soul free or you may be doomed to repeat your journey over and over again.

Hunger’s Child – calling a child Una – meaning hunger – could be seen as an omen and set the child on a course for gluttony. Always wanting more and more, causing a stir if she doesn’t get it. She gets herself a doting husband but after months of demands while she was pregnant I’m not sure how much more he could take. Mother Gothel watches all from the outskirts of town, helping people with healing when asked. With Una’s never ending list of demands from her husband the less Mother Gothel is inclined to help. That is until the mother no longer wants the child and a path of wishes starts. One turns to two and then to many, sometimes causing more trouble than help. Mainly by taking the toll on the person wishing them. She may have done what she thought best to keep them safe but you can only stay hidden for so long. Especially when strangers stumble upon towers with secrets inside.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Mad Muse Studio for my honest review.

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