23/100 Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

I have been waiting for this book for about 4 months, and it really did not disappoint.  I love that it was almost 70 percent of the way through the book before they had sex.  I still had to skip quite a few pages for the sex, but the plot-line existed as more than just a way to get to the sex.  These books are usually set a few months apart, or a time indeterminate, but in this case the author has allowed her characters to age ‘off-screen’ and come back in new variations than when they were left in their last books.  I love how she keeps recurring characters so that if you have read the series from the beginning you have a much greater understanding of what is going on.  Honestly, if you have not read the rest of the series then do not start with this book.  There are so many ‘inside jokes’ that I am not sure this book would make sense if you read it as a stand alone book.

If you are looking for a funny book full of family drama then this is the book for you.  Should you be squeamish then this might not be the book for you.  Full of violence, fighting, and sisterly love this book about shifters is a great addition to the series.

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20/100 A Hidden Witch by Debora Geary

Original Review:

This is a wonderful addition to the series. I enjoy how the characters and interactions build to create a completely unique world. The people are not perfect, are always willing to learn, and let their inner child out to play (safely). This tale about how innermost dreams do not always come true in the way you think they will is certainly worth another look.

New review:

*This is a tale of how the old world can collide with the new, and just because gifts don’t come in the package that you think they should doesn’t mean that they are not exactly what you wanted. From the joy of discovery to the sorrow of potential loss, life, death, and magic collide to create a whole new normal. If you are looking for a book steeped in magic and technology, and more than a little heartache along the way, then this is the read for you. *

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13/100 Dyeing Wishes by Molly MacRae

Not all sheep are created equal, and when they don’t come running to be fed then you can bet there is something wrong. Join us as we learn more about Granny, the Ghost, and dyeing wool all in one great book. There are a couple of murders, budding romance, and some intrigue along the way.

This is a riotously funny book that drags us along on a wonderful journey of friendship and murder with a few paranormal elements along the way. The ghost that has joined our little troupe, along with the unnamed cat, both add a wonderfully interesting element. Not really for Kat though, who is still trying to get the hang of talking with the ghost, or ignoring her when she can, while out in public around a lot of people that cannot see the ghost. Poor Kat, people are starting to think that she’s losing her mind. I sort of wish her Granny had left her more instructions than just her recipe book, that Kat cannot find.

For a fast paced book full of amazingly funny and warm characters with a dash of paranormal and mystery thrown in this is a great read. Start with the first, but then devour the rest of the series along the way.

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8/100 Dance with the Devil by Megan Derr

I read this book strictly for the Book Riot reading challenge.  I have read books by Megan Derr before, if they would have just said “a book by a LGBTQ+ author” then I could have read one of the “Princes of the Blood” books that she wrote.  I enjoyed that series, there were a few vague mentions of sex in that series but not the copious, graphic, mentions that this book encompasses.

For this book, the plot is interesting, more of a retrospective of cases with jumping timelines and points of view, but the mysteries are minimal.  There is a lot of graphic sex in this book.  If you manage to ignore the graphic sex, then there are a couple of really sweet stories of people finding love in eachother…with a couple of murder mysteries thrown in there for color.  This is a fast paced book with quite a few jumps in POV.  If you have trouble with a Jumpy POV, graphic sex, or LGBTQ+, then this isn’t the book for you.  If you want graphic sex, a bit of plot, and interesting characters then this is the book for you.

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6/100 Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

This is a fairly fast paced murder mystery with an extreme magical bent.  Andrews creates a very fascinating world.  Her world-building tends to be subtle, sort of getting the gist of things as we go along and the plot unfurls.  Honestly, this is the kind of world building that I appreciate.  While I rushed through this trying to figure out who the murderer was, I was able to get the gist of what Andrews world involves.  While some extra information about how the world became what it is in Andrews time, there are enough hints to get the shape of what happened.  I presume that if I continue reading the series I will get more background as things develop.

If you are looking for a Kick Butt female lead, Kate Daniels, that admits to her own insecurities, then this is a good book for you.  A powerful magic user loses her last connection to the past, her family, and Daniels needs to find out who killed him.  Daniels dances between shifters, necromancers that control vampires, and the governing body.  She manages to attract and piss them all off, and seems very tired doing so.

A fast paced, kick butt, novel that leaves a lot more questions than answers.  The initial mystery is solved at the end of the book, but there are a lot of questions left about Kate Daniels as well as the world in which she lives.  I really did like this book and I look forward to reading more.

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4/100 The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

This book was the 1984 Carnegie Medal winner.  One of my colleagues has challenged the community college I work at to finish one or both of the reading challenges: Modern Mrs. Darcy as well as Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge. For this book I have decided that it falls under “A book you can read in a day” for Mrs. Darcy, and “A classic of Genre Fiction” For book riot.  Sometimes life takes you in a circle, you remember something about a book and you just HAVE to re-read that book.  This need brings you to another, and another, until you have a set of books that you HAVE to re-read.  Fortunately for me, I was able to find Changeover fairly easily and it was just as enjoyable now as when I was 15.  I do really love the story, which is really strange for me.

This melancholy tale of evil, illness, and a budding romance sort of wound in there, is not the kind of thing I really like to read.  Sad books tend to depress me, but this one seems to have enough hope that I can get over the sorrow.  Even now I cannot tell you why I like this book.  It makes me cry, I despair, I hope, even knowing how things will end.  I really wish that this were part of a series.  That I could find out what happens to Sorry, to Laura.  I hate that there is a conclusion, but no real conclusion.

“Well, I think I love you,” said Laura.  “So maybe that’s what makes the difference.”

If you are looking for a book about sight and insight, a fast paced book, that will rend your heart out of your chest and put it back again then this might be the book for you.  A young girl with a bad feeling watches her little brother wither away knowing that someone can help her, but he isn’t sure that she really needs his help.  All of this set in New Zealand somewhere in the 1980s-1990s.

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3/100 One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

one fell sweepThis is a fun, fascinating, tear-jerker of an addition to this series. Finally we get to meet some of the innkeeper’s family, and the plot line advances greatly. It is fun and fascinating to see how the different characters interact and evolve along the way. I will frankly admit *mini spoiler* I was reduced to tears near the end of the book and the entire thing ended on an cliff-hanger *end spoiler*
I am dying to read the next book in this series and really enjoyed this addition.

If you are looking for a good book that jerks on the heartstrings and gets the blood pumping with action and adventure then this is the book for you. I will add that I love how this romance progresses, it takes 3 books before the characters really admit their feelings, etc. This seems realistic as opposed to meet, fall in love, fall in bed, & marry, within a few days. I am definitely going to be exploring more of this author, as soon as I have more Audible Credits, or can find them at my local library, lol.

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