Friday, March 25, 2016

Shadow Rites (Faith Hunter) Blog Tour!

If you love Jane Yellowrock then you don't want to miss all the chances to win goodies on this blog tour!  Be sure to stop at each stop for your entries!

Listing of Blog Tour Stops

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Arena by Holly Jennings

ArenaArena by Holly Jennings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received an ebook from First to Read (Penguin Books) in exchange for an honest review.**
This book is not what I would consider my typical genre of reading. It is a more futuristic science/fantasy genre than urban fantasy, but the premise intrigued me. As the mother of two tweens who are deeply into the Minecraft/Terraria craze the VR aspect of the story struck a cord with me, and I consider myself a bit of a geek/nerd to boot so I really wanted to see if the story would stand up to the write-up. And,... it did!

This is the story of Kali Ling - a 20-year old woman who has only ever wanted to be a top-notch virtual gamer. She's worked, trained, studied, and... and acted, partied, and ignored reality to get where she is. And, just as she has a chance to make history her world starts to crumble. Kali learns that in order to be the leader she needs to be she must look back to trainings she had abandoned and center herself before she can help balance and effectively lead her team to victory.

This was obviously well-research and well written. It kept me invested throughout the story - even when I didn't agree with the actions of the primary characters. It can also be read as a statement regarding our culture and where it very well might lead if we aren't careful. In fact, I found it to be reminiscent of Animal Farm by George Orwell. I look forward to reading any sequels to this story.

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The Haunted Heist by Angie Fox

The Haunted Heist (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #3)The Haunted Heist by Angie Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review.**

Verity & Frankie are up to it again! Frankie has become increasingly upset regarding his "grounding" while Verity has been putting more energy into trying to get her graphic design business back up to par. When her best friend's uncle gives her a chance to get her business up and running again she jumps on the opportunity,... and - as usual - ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When circumstances point to the possibility of a ghost being the culprit Verity and Frankie join forces with Ellis to try to get to the bottom of the caper and ghostly craziness ensues!

I love the zany and fun action in this series! Verity's circle of friends (and LUCY!) help keep you on your toes no matter which story you are reading!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Heroes by Ednah Walters

Heroes (Eirik #2)Heroes by Ednah Walters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

** I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review.**

Action! Adventure! Love! Magic! What more do you need in an awe-inspiring, hard-to-put-down book?!

Eirik and Celestia's adventure continues as they search for his sister and grandmother. Witches are being killed and their bodies are disappearing. The Norns appear to be hiding. Immortals appear to be tied to most everything in one way or another, and some mortals will need to be trusted with secrets they'd normally never be shown.

Ednah's writing will draw you in, make you believe, and expand your imagination! I love the descriptive way she writes, and the details which tie her Runes world into the Norse mythology pantheon.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Reckless by Maggie Shayne

Reckless (Shattered Sisters Book 1)Reckless by Maggie Shayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review.**
Wow! Drama and action abound!

What happens when you pair up a jaded undercover federal agent with a too-smart-for-her-own-good crime investigating writer? A page-turning, quick-paced roller coaster of a story! Maggie's expert storytelling has you routing for Toni Rio from the beginning!

Neither Nick nor Toni want to trust the other, but fate has thrown them together for better or for worse. Both have tragedy in their past, and guilt dogging their steps, but they must come to trust each other if they both hope to survive the crime family they were hoping to break.

This is a break from my normal genre of paranormal reading, but it helped refresh me as a change of pace. I loved the characters, and how Maggie tries to set at least part of almost every story she writes in local towns and cities.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

Mercury Striking (Scorpius Syndrome, #1)Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Having read the On The Hunt anthology, I had a previous taste of this story in the prequel novella, Scorpius Rising. And, call me naive, but I didn't actually realize this was the same series until I was about 10% through the book!

This book is a little outside my "normal" genre realm, but still appealed with the post-apocalyptic setting and alien virus issue. Jax Mercury & Lynne Harmony are strong protagonists with a terrific dynamic. Surrounded by many multi-faceted characters - several of whom I can see future books about in this series - and several of whom, unfortunately, you won't.

This is a fast-paced story with violence, death. love, and regrets a-plenty. What would happen if suddenly 90% of the world's population was either dead or insane after catching an alien virus? This book will give a detailed idea of this author's take! I could easily see this being a movie along the lines of the Resident Evil series.

Rebecca has created a well-though out and detailed world in this book, and I can't wait to "see" the rest of the series!

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