lundi 2 mai 2016

Half-Off Ragnarok( InCryptid 3 ) by Seanan Mcguire

Hello to all!

 May is there with the sun to make things easier for everyone ( people sound happier when it's sunny don't you think?) so a new month but not a new series to start it. As i told you  i'm enjoying the InCryptid universe quite a lot lately between the novellas and the novel so i opted to stay a little longer in it while i could.

Today i offer you my opinion on the 3rd novel "Half-off Ragnarok".

Happy reading!


Publisher: Daw
Publication: 2014
ISBN:  0756408113
Genre: Urban fantasy
Violence: mild
Language: mild
sex: mild
Public: 18+

Source: gifted


Short description from goodreads :

When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn't expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.

Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone...

The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.


Of course, so do the talking mice.



My opinion:
          I was a bit hesitant to read this book because the author  focus on another member of the Price family as the main character and i was quite fond of Verity. The universe is obviously the same and the story is wonderfully written but it took me a moment to warm up to Alex...
Alex is a Price so danger isn't new to him but he is also a scientist so his persona is calmer, more discreet than his sister's.

I particularly loved his miniature griffin: Crow.... this one is a side character i would be glad to learn more about as i do wonder how Alex got him and how he managed to make it accept the Aeslin mice without wanting to make them his snack^^  so yes it's a call for a free short story/ novella about that time

But let's go back to the present and Alex's adventures. Working in a zoo in theOhio to work in secret on some cryptids projects ( like  breeding basilisks), Alex is going out  with a colleague, newly  arrived like him but from AustraliaShelby. Alex works with reptiles, his lifetime passion ( oki perhaps it was one of the reason i wasn't too fond of him at first^^) , Shelby is working on the big cats, felines.
However, Alex is far, far from the perfect boyfriend for sure and Shelby isn't enjoying being left down on several occasion.

The truth is that Alex has a lot on his plate, his "official" job at the zoo, his secret projects, and helping his family. He is living with his grandparents and Sarah which if you have followed the series has been deeply hurt and now need constant care. I loved how loyal he was to his family and how a bad boyfriend he was because of lack of time and secret, that made him quite cute.

Shelby is a strong mind for sure, very independent, speaking her mind and afraid of few things ( looks like Australia is a very, very dangerous place to live in this universe).She can be quite commanding when she wants attention but also be very patient and gentle when taking care of the felines and other animals.

Their relationship was really funny and they made excellent partners.

The plot and investigation was as each time captivating and very enjoyable with the right amount of humour, action and suspense. I love to see all the creatures and discovering new ones each time. I do wonder though how the Price managed to make so many enemies and at the same have a lot of allies , which don't always trust them fully either. At time i admire them because it would have been so easy just  to let them be and not taking risk for them but it's not who the Price family is .

The author also make the links with some free short novella and with the precedents instalment, so we can easily keep the time line and see how everything is linked together, but taking place in different setting. Also, The grandparents, Martin and Angela are definitively some i want to read more about too^^ they are so funny (and terrific too)

This is an excellent story and since it's the beginning of a new cycle kind of way  you could i think start with this book and not feel lost at all but just for the pleasure i would recommend you to start with book 1 as you would get more of the Aeslin mice and those are irresistibly cute and funny. A great urban fantasy for sure!


Score:  4/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenges:
2015TBR



Do you sometimes enjoy to  follow a series back to back ( and novellas) without alternating with another series or authors or you prefer to change with each reads?

mardi 26 avril 2016

IM ( InCryptid 3.2 ) By Seanan McGuire

Hello to all,


Since my mother's state didn't improve ( more the opposite if i want to see the reality which i don't) i didn't have a lot of reading time so i decided to focus on a couple of novellas or shorts story that i had in my pile and that i could read waiting for the appointment.

Thanks to Amber i've got the books i was missing in the Incryptid series so i didn't have to wait any longer to check the free novellas the author offers us....it just made me even more impatient to go back to the main series so soon you will see more of my opinion on the InCryptid series.

Happy reading!

Publisher: Seanan McGuire
Publication: 2014
Found: on Seanan’s Website
Genre: urban fantasy
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 18+
Source:free

Description from goodreads :

 Arthur Harrington's situation is...special, thanks to having an incubus for a father and a semi-stable grasp of his "special powers" (if you can call them that). As a consequence, he's always been allowed to stay somewhat sheltered from the family business, communicating with the outside world largely via the computer and his cousins.

Then Sarah got hurt. He's been climbing the walls ever since, trying to think of something he can do to help—but when no one really understands the way a cuckoo's mind works, what can he possibly do to make things better? Especially when she's in Ohio and he's in Oregon?


All he wants is a sign that she's going to be okay...and that she's still going to be the girl he thinks no one knows he's in love with.


My opinion:
          I was really curious to read this novella because if we do hear about Artie in the series, we know nearly nothing about him, he is just cited once or twice and it made him quite mysterious.
This short is in fact his point of view about what happened to Sarah and the consequences since it takes place months after.

I really enjoyed discovering him that way and  i hope we will see more of him in the future.

It was very short, too short but a really moving story and i couldn't help and shed a tear

 Really a great bonus for those following this series but in this case i do recommend to read this after book 3 hall-off Ragnarok, it would make more sense ( yes i have read it in order i just need to write the review)



Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenges:
2015TBR


mercredi 20 avril 2016

Wolf Protector ( Federal Paranormal Unit 1)by Milly Taiden

Hello to all!


I've decided to start on an author for which i have a lot of book on my wishlist ( fewer in my pile) but one that i still hadn't started : Milly Taiden. I'm not sure why i postponed reading these, perhaps i was told it's super steamy ( it is!) and it made me hesitant, perhaps i had so big expectation i was fearing disappointment... i don't know.

In any case i started it and i've read book 1 in her Federal Paranormal Unit which was a good suprise despite some points bothering me but let's see that more in detail


Happy reading.
Publisher: Latin Goddess Press
Publication: 2013
Genre: paranormal romance
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: very strong
Public: 18+
Source: bought



Description from goodreads :

 A woman with a secret…
The Federal Paranormal Unit is an elite squad of supernaturals dedicated to solving missing persons cases. Erica’s gift allows her a special connection with the crime, but it comes at a deep personal cost… Until now, she’s kept her gift a secret, even from the other members of the team. But this case will throw her together with Agent Trent Buchanan. He’s the object of her secret desires, but he’s also a cocky womanizer. She’d rather swim in shark-infested waters with a paper cut than admit she has feelings for him.

A man with one desire…
Wolf Shifter Trent wants Erica more than he’s ever wanted any woman. He’s spent years patiently waiting for her to admit that she wants him too. Working one-on-one in a race to find a serial killer, Trent’s patience and Erica’s resolve wear thin. When Trent discovers the truth about Erica, will he accept her for who she is? And can he protect her from the horrors that her gift brings?

A case that pushes them to the edge…

Erica will have to risk it all if she wants to stop the killer, and when she does, Trent may have to put his own life on the line to make sure his mate is protected…



My opinion:
          An enjoyable story, i loved the idea of a federal paranormal unit and the characters are excellent. However even if i did love this book there were some elements that bothered or annoyed me a little more.
For example, the fact that the members of the team ignore each other specificities sound strange to me, it's supposed to be done so that if one is captured he or she can't reveal anything....bof that case seems less possible than a member of the team needing help because of his or her specific talent. Also for me if you put your life in danger being protected by your partners is essential and that's not possible if there isn't a real trust.
However the story was written so that i could forget that point and focus on the investigation and story itself...which revealed others problems for me.  First, the culprit was too easy, it was really obvious so i was annoyed that professional like them didn't connect the dots sooner. The investigation was too slow in that domain, now if we take into account that Erica does feel what the victims feel i guess we can understand her mind being slower to realize things after that.

Nevertheless, Erica disappointed me...yes she had a difficult life and her " gift" isn't an easy one but for me it was even more reason to act differently. She is attracted to Trent, that's great, he is her mate , she doesn't know it etc etc all that  oki but jumping to bed with him when she doesn't trust him...a big NO for me. For me trust must come first and she doubt him and his reasons nearly until the end so just jumping to bed with him and not only once sounded wrong to me. The fact that Trent didn't hesitate to have adventures before fin ding is mate was also disturbing as i do prefer my wolf loyal and patient ( so yes i would have preferred he waited THE one, instead of enjoying his life until he did)

I know it seems to be a lot of negative point and in a sense it is but it's only about  personal preference. Put aside it's a good story and i had a good time reading it. It does have a lot of steamy parts if you love those , if you don't you can skip most of them and still enjoy the story a lot.
I do want to discover more about the team so i'm happy to have book 2 ready. Milly Taiden sure has a  great writing style and i do have several others of her book on my list so i will be happily jumping in another of her story sooner than later.



Score:  3,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenge:
2015TBR

mardi 12 avril 2016

Magic Born ( The Elustria Chronicles book 1) by Caethes Faron

Hello to all!


Today i'm happy to introduce you to a new release that i found more than pleasing, an Urban fantasy filled with magic, roleplaying game and more but the best of it is that if you are tempted it's only 99cent in the USA at this time ( never know how long it will last on amazon so better not delay)

you can get it Here, remember to check the price first.

First let see a little more about Magic Born by Caethes Faron

Happy reading
Publisher: Branwen Press
Publication: 2011
ASIN:  B01E3FH4JW
Genre: Urban fantasy, YA
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 18+
Source: earc in exchange for an Honest review

Short description from goodreads :

After the death of her parents, Kat Thomas retreated from college life into an online fantasy game.

But what if the game she plays is closer to reality?

When a panther shifter named Alex knocks on her door one night, he delivers a message and a package. Kat's birth mother was a powerful mage who has just been murdered…and now the killer is after Kat. The package contains her mother’s talisman: an amber necklace that latches onto Kat’s neck and attacks anyone who tries to remove it. Before she knows it, ice is shooting from her hands and she’s on the run from an assassin.


Kat must navigate a world of magic and intrigue, fight the forces who want her dead, and protect her friends from becoming collateral damage—all while coming to terms with her new identity. She’s heir to a powerful legacy, but only if she lives long enough to claim it.


My opinion:
          An excellent beginning for an urban fantasy series! Since i'm a roleplaying gamer ( though never online) i was very curious about this title even more since it had Magic yes but also shifter so when i got the opportunity to discover it in exchange for a review i was delighted.

It's really good and it makes it difficult to decide by what to start^^. The characters, i love Alex he is a panther shifter and in this universe it means that he is spending the majority of the time in animal form, even better he is deeply loyal so he won me over immediately.
Kat, it took a bit longer for me to warm up to her....she had to face a lot at a young age: she has been adopted and her adopted parents died not long before the beginning of the story so she still has difficulties to cope with that. She spend most of her time playing a roleplaying game online where she is Serafina a big powerful sorceress...i guess that yes it's healthier than drugs etc but  as a gamer i love the relationship we can forge with other player in real life so it bothered me a little that she never tried to at least meet those she is in a team with especially when we discover how close she is to some of them like GreyMist.

Kat is still young so when something really magical comes at her she panics...learning who was her real mother isn't easier to accept but being a mage and having a talisman that she can't control that's terrifying and she is determined first not to believe it and when forced to she want to take it off and go back to normal life... it seemed a bit strange to me but also understandable what bothered me was how she trusted more easily Casper that she did with Alex who proved himself.( and hey he is a shifter^^)....suddenly Kat is all willing to learn magic and with Casper...she never once ask how he knew her mother (he tells her a little but proof? none) . Terrified that  someone is trying to kill her she jumps at any chance to be safe or so she thinks...only when her friend start to be in danger that she acts a little more mature and  i appreciated her courage.

The story doesn't really end on a cliffhanger even if it's clear that  a lot more is to come but i was happy with this ending and i would love to see more of Kat as she learns about Elustria and her mother but also i want more of Alex and i'm curious about which other magical creatures we will discover next. The author showed in this one how she could keep us intrigued and immersed in the story so i have good hope for book 2

It's definitively a series i hope to continue and i do recommend it if you love urban fantasy



Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review

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jeudi 7 avril 2016

The Alpha’s Arranged Mate by Jasmine White

Hello to all!


First for those who wouldn't know it this week saw the release of Wild'sMan Curse by Susannah Sandlin which i reviewed last month Here....i can't recommend you this book enough so if it's not already done please order your copy now!
First it's an excellent story you won't regret and also it could probably enter you in an interesting giveaway later ( keeping it a surprise until  the rafflecopter is done but believe me it's really a cute prize so a good bonus perhaps in addition to a sure good time reading)


But because it's not the day i will post about that special event, i've decided to share with you my opinion on another story but a a paranormal romance that i had in my pile so hapy reading!
Publisher: Jasmine White
Publication: 2015
ASIN:  B016J2R1JA
Genre: paranormal romance, erotic, shifters
Violence: strong, descriptive

Language: normal
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: free promo

Description from goodreads :

 *THIS IS A COMPLETE NOVEL, NO CLIFFHANGERS*

Layla has grown up with her pack in a small Highland village and enjoys the relatively peaceful life that she leads there.

However, things take an unexpected turn when it is announced that her rite of ascension is imminent. She is to be mated permanently to the Alpha and there is no choice in the matter.

The Alpha is the arrogant Aidan who has also has no interest in taking a permanent mate but if he declines he will have to abdicate from his role as Alpha and leader of the pack.

Now both Aidan and Layla are going to have make this work somehow and Aidan has no idea just how much of a test this arranged mating is going to be.

Especially when temptation arises and his loyalty to his new mate is tested to the limit...


If you love werewolf romances with steamy mating and lots of adventure then scroll up and start reading this one now!


My opinion:
          I liked this one, it was my first attempt with this author and i could definitively read more even if this story isn’t my favourite.

The universe isn’t too original but it’s well built and i loved how teh author explained the different customs between the different shifters packs/ villages. Layla is a charming character, i loved to see her  discovering herself under a new light when the need arose. She is loyal and determined, very stubborn but also very kind.  I was a little sad to see her cast aside like she was at first. Aidan isn’t bad himself...he is an alpha prince and we do understand him better as the story progresses and we learn from his past.

I guess that i regretted the fact that they both mated before learning to care for each other... i see teh circumstances, i know they were supposed too anyway but i prefer when it’s made by love not anguish or necessity.

 All together it’s a charming ( with a lot of violence^^;;) shifter romance and without cliffhanger which is definitively better ( but i would have loved to see how they were going to make it between their 2 village^^)



Score:  3/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenge:
2015TBR

jeudi 31 mars 2016

Justice Calling( The Twenty-sided Sorceress1) by Annie Bellet

Hello to all!


For the last day of March , i decided to try and finish at least one more book and i did it^^ so i'm happy to introduce you to a series that i want to follow at least for now: The Twenty-Sided Sorceress by Annie Bellet. If you are lucky you could probably get the ebook for free at your favourite retailer.


Happy reading!
Publisher: Annie Bellet
Publication: 2014
Genre: urban fantasy
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: mild
Public: 18+
Source: free

Description from goodreads :

Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress.

Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe.

As long as she doesn’t use her magic.

When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers.

Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.


Justice Calling is the first book in The Twenty-Sided Sorceress urban fantasy series. Readers who enjoyed The Dresden Files or The Iron Druid Chronicles will likely enjoy this series.


My opinion:
          An excellent discovery! I'm really happy to finally have decided to read this book that was in my pile for so long and i do regret not having the second one ready.

Jade is a sorceress in hiding....because that's not the kind of magic with the best reputation to start with but also because someone wants to kill her more than anything.  To do so she decided to play in plain sight by living in a place surrounded by shifters of all kind, some covens, and other paranormal, even if they think she is a simple witch she is happy there running a shop about comic and roleplaying game.
I must say that the fact she was loving roleplaying game and making allusion to it made this story even funnier for me. I mean imagine a real sorceress, with the power to throw real fireball, playing a simple mage in a virtual game... too funny and at the same i could envision it too well.
She is a fighter though and i was intrigued by her Wolf sprit ( oki i start to wonder why she is called Wolf by the way but that i will keep a surprise for you), she speak her mind and bloodlust has funny effect on her ^^;;

Justice, or Alek since Justice is a title, is a shifter, a tiger shifter to be more precise. Yes a feline one which isn't surprising since he is kind of a head security ( and judge and jury) and from several books it seems a trend than paranoïd, a bit close minded ( or at least  fully bent to one objective and obtuse about the rest) shifter must be feline one. I did like him, really.
The others gamers, shifters of all kind ( fox, wolverine etc) are funny. Harper especially, she is acting so young.

The plot isn't fully new but it's well written and i took pleasure following Jade trying to help and hide at the same time. The magic we see at use is mostly bad, really dark while hers which should be , if we follow what the people think, is in fact a lot more natural and can be used for good.

It's not a long novel but one that i do recommend if you want a good urban fantasy ( with a touch of roleplaying game)


Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenges:
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lundi 28 mars 2016

Kill it with Magic ( The Lillim Callina Chronicles 1) by J. A. Cipriano

Hello to all,


            This week has been really difficult aside from the tragic events taht made the news, i also received disastrous health news and it's taking me time to find a way to cope with everything.  I'm not giving up, at least not yet, but i need more strenght that i have at this time as a result  i didn't manage to read a lot, my heart wasn't into it either.
Now i finally finished the book i started last week and i will try to read a little more while still in March since i did enter the challenge to do so.

For now here is my opinion on Kill It with Magic by J.A. Cipriano

Happy Reading
Publisher: J. A. Cipriano
Publication: 2014
Genre: urban fantasy, magic
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 18+
Source: free ( promo)

Short description from goodreads :

 Sixteen-year-old Lillim Callina is good at two things: running away and magic.

Now, Lillim's half-demon ex-boyfriend is contacting her for help, she has somehow gotten herself mixed up in a kidnapping, and her long-dead rival has risen from the grave.

So when a dragon plotting to take over the world offers her a choice: Work for him or else.


Lillim Callina is going to choose else.


My opinion:
          This book isn't bad but could have been better.... there are some funny moments, the main character Lillim is one we want to follow, the plot is well thought to keep us out of balance until the end...BUT it's a tad too confusing to be enjoyed fully.

For example suddenly we learn that in that world people can get reincarnated... who, why, under what condition, by who...no answer. Around the end of the book we discover a little how it happened at Lillim the last time yes but is it always like that? i don't think so and why some people get a new life and other no?..for example why Mattoc couldn't?
There are also some special terms which probably impart important meaning but without an glossary to explain them for me it meant nothing. All that bothered me a little too much and i can only hope that we will get explanation later in the series.

If you manage to keep reading despite the confusion like i said the story is good, i quite liked Lillim she was a tad naive, clumsy and even more important she is feeling lost. She doesn't really understand her place since she was often compared to her past incarnation and she isn't trusting easily ( that being said with a mother like her i would trust no one, really) but despite being afraid and in pain she is trying to do what needs to be done.
I really would like to discover more about Mattoc, the ghost soulbound to her, and between Joshua and Caleb,  i do think Called would be better for her if she love him for the right reason.

Lillim also has a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of humour , which doesn't always work in her favor. I loved  her powers though. She seems natural with Magic and at the same time a newbie i can't really explain but i do like her as a magic user and would be happy to read more.

The story is fast paced, filled with turn and treason and we discover a lot of different kind of supernatural: vampire ( but not those we are used to), shifters, and others (if they don't get blasted before being introduced^^).

This is really a universe i would be happy  to enter again ( and thankfully i do have another novella and book 2 ready)

Score:  3/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenges:
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