Review — Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Wow! What incredible world‐building! Through Ms. Bishop’s fantastic imagination, she created something completely different, intriguing, and even confusing at times. DAUGHTER of the BLOOD is a fascinating tale about a young girl learning her magic while navigating through the perils of those who would use her just for her power.

In my haste to learn about the heroine, I also read HEIR to the SHADOWS (4 stars), and QUEEN of the DARKNESS (5 stars) and must admit that I cried more than once throughout the story. For an author to absorb me into her world with such intensity that she had me crying, well, that’s pretty incredible. Although some scenes may be tough to read because of the violence and subject matter, the overall power of these books make it an unforgettable and beautiful story.

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Daughter of the Blood — Anne Bishop

Review — Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

I decided to give this epic fantasy a go after reading some reviews about it and I’m so glad I did. The opening scene sucked me right into the story. I just love books that hook me within the first few pages, better still if within the first few sentences just like WARPRIZE.

Lara is an amazing female protagonist. She has an internal strength and devotion to her craft as a healer that makes her very courageous even though she’s not a warrior. I loved her passion and voice. Keir, the Warlord, wasn’t as clearly depicted for me, maybe because Ms. Vaughan wrote in the heroine’s POV only. Although I still got a good picture of him, I would’ve liked to know what he was thinking during some scenes. I also would’ve liked a little more action in the bedroom, but those nit‐picky sentiments didn’t prevent me from enjoying the book.

Ms. Vaughan’s writing style kind of reminds me of Jean Auel and her CLAN of the CAVE BEAR series in that Ms Vaughan is very descriptive in her world building, yet not to the point of dragging out a scene.

I look forward to reading the next in the series, WARSWORN.

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Warprize — Elizabeth Vaughan

Review — Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti

CONSUMED wasn’t my favorite in the Dark Protector series. I had a hard time connecting with the main characters, Katie and Jordan, who are cougar shifters. (I think I might have a problem with shifters as the driving characters in a story. However, I need to analyze this revelation further by reading more shifter books before I come to a definite conclusion, and that’s a different story).

But with that said, I still really enjoyed this book. Ms. Zanetti has introduced several characters in the Dark Protectors series and she excels by including tidbits about them throughout her books. She doesn’t completely abandon them after telling their story, but continues their storylines as she releases new books. So, even though my favorite characters were secondary in CONSUMED, I got to see how they were doing and learn how they’ve fared. (I’m so impressed she can illustrate their different personalities and weave their information throughout the main story). And because she included them in CONSUMED, I’m totally stoked about PROVOKED. Just hold on Jase, your brothers will save you! I know they will!

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Consumed - Rebecca Zanetti

Review — Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning

The first word that comes to mind about this series and SHADOWFEVER is, WOW! What a fantastic story! Usually, I get bored with a series as long as this one, I mean five books is a huge undertaking to the keep characters and storyline interesting. These books, however, were just the opposite—the more I read, the more I couldn’t stop. This series became my addiction, one book blurring into the next until I didn’t even know what book I was reading. To have a series consume me in such a way is incredible, and a little embarrassing to admit.

Although I loved the ending, I’m now at a loss because I’ll miss Mac and Barrons so much—too much. Very well done, Ms. Moning. Thank you.

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Shadowfever — Karen Marie Moning
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