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Alliance Forged (A Novel of the Light Blade)
Alliance Forged (A Novel of the Light Blade)
Price: 8.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Light Blade" series book 2, 20 July 2014
This adventure filled fantasy series continues; but now it is spiritual leader Kymora and human/demon Varian who take the lead roles and follow the difficult path The Lady lays out for them. Kymora is more than ready to admit her feelings for Varian, but she is left confused when he continues to reject her; despite the attraction that simmers between them. Varian in turn is fascinated by Kymora and finds peace from his demonic half in her presence, yet her very position of authority could jeopardise a future together.

Again there is a good amount of action and drama as Kymora and Varian's quest begins. More abilities are wielded when further characters are introduced, resulting in a good level of magic as enemies face each other in battle. This series continue to enthral me, and I look forward to finding out what happens next in book 3 "Allegiance Sworn".

Vengeance Born (A Novel of the Light Blade)
Vengeance Born (A Novel of the Light Blade)
Price: 4.02

4.0 out of 5 stars "The Light Blade" series book 1, 20 July 2014
I love it when I find a great new series and "The Light Blade" series is exactly that. The world building is realistic and convincing as the reader quickly learns that humans are on the brink of war with the Na'Reish; demon kind. The demons may be stronger, faster and view humans as a food source, yet humans battle back by wielding gifts bestowed by their deity The Lady. Known as Light Blade warriors, these men and woman have the ability to kill with a quick strike of their weapon, which evens the odds a little.

When Light Blade warrior Kalan is captured by the enemy, he expects to die a gruesome death. Instead he is aided to freedom by Annika; a half blood human/demon believed to be myth amongst humans. Both are wary and have little trust in the other, but both need the other to survive. Yet The Lady has bigger plans for both than just their survival, and Kalan and Annika's burgeoning love may just change the world.

There's plenty of magic, drama and heartbreak as the adventure unfolds. Other great characters are introduced, and some of these take the lead as this series progresses. This may be old school fantasy, but don't expect a light hearted read. There's definitely a grittiness to the story line as deep prejudices are revealed resulting in some violent actions.

The Professional Part 1 (The Game Maker Series)
The Professional Part 1 (The Game Maker Series)
Price: 0.99

2.0 out of 5 stars "The Professional" part 1, 20 July 2014
Touted as "The Game Maker" series I thought this would be a series comprising of 3 full length novels. As a result I felt a little cheated when I realised that this was a novella that read as if a full length novel has been sliced into 3 parts.

When Natalie uncovers who her real father is, he uses the opportunity to order his chief enforcer Sevastyan to stalk her for a couple of months before kidnapping her, bundling her on a private jet and flying her off to Russia. This is of course all for Natalie's safety as his enemies threaten her, which may be the reason why Natalie quickly forgives and embraces into her life a father she has no history with. Natalie is overwhelmed by her lavish new life plus she's deeply attracted to Sevastyan, yet she's constantly manipulated by him when he attempts to force her in to a permanent relationship she's not ready for. He doesn't pay her feelings much attention at all, and therefore disappointed me as a leading man.

I love this author's "Immortal After Dark" series, yet was not impressed by this novella at all. I started to read part 2 before acknowledging I have no interest in the characters or the plot. Please KS stick to what you're good at; scorching love stories between a hodge podge of supernatural species.

Spirit's Oath: An Eli Monpress Novella (The Legend of Eli Monpress)
Spirit's Oath: An Eli Monpress Novella (The Legend of Eli Monpress)
Price: 1.49

4.0 out of 5 stars An "Eli Monpress" novella, 20 July 2014
I hadn't read any of "The Legend of Eli Monpress" books prior to reading this novella; but this was no hindrance as the author set the scene well plus as events occur prior to the Eli Monpress books, I didn't feel as if I'd missed any back history. For established fans of this series, this novella details how Spiritualist Miranda Lyonette meets and befriends her massive ghosthound Gin plus she utilises the spirits at her command to get her out of some tricky situations.

Overall I enjoyed this short story. Miranda is a feisty heroine who is clearly a woman ahead of her time in a mediaeval type world in which some undertake the learning to listen to, cajole and command the elements around them. On the strength of my enjoyment of this novella I started the first of the Eli Monpress books and confess I found myself setting it aside often enough to make me realise I really had no interest in it. I managed a fair few chapters, but I found Eli somewhat unlikeable and underhand, whilst Miranda is limited to what she can do and doesn't shine as strongly as she does in this novella. Apologies to the author but I won't be pursuing this series any further.

Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races
Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races
Price: 0.77

4.0 out of 5 stars An "Elder Races" novella, 20 July 2014
Liam may be only 6 months old, but the son of Pia and Dragos now resembles a sturdy 5 year old and is about to start school in order to learn how to interact around different people. Liam quickly uncovers the pitfalls and triumphs of the school environment; bullies, an abusive teacher and a first girlfriend.

This novella seemed particularly short, but there is still enough time for the author to establish a cute story line as Liam decides how he should act amid different situations. Pia and Dragos lend a guiding and protective hand when necessary, but Liam is already proving to be a loveable character and deeply intrinsic to the Elder Races world despite his young age.

Pia Saves the Day: A Novella of the Elder Races
Pia Saves the Day: A Novella of the Elder Races
Price: 1.83

4.0 out of 5 stars An "Elder Races" novella, 20 July 2014
This short story is a lovely addition to the ER series and proves that it doesn't matter how Pia and Dragos meet, they are always destined to fall in love with each other.

Caught in an explosion, Dragos reverts to his dragon form and has no memories of the last few centuries or so; oblivious to the fact he has a mate, a child and a host of supernatural creatures he once considered friends. Now everyone is fearful of approaching him; wary of what his reaction may be, yet Pia is determined to reclaim the man she loves.

This may be a short novella, but it still has a real taste of what this author offers in her full length novels; charm, adventure, humour and a fantastic love story. 4 stars

Darkness Bound (A Night Prowler Novel)
Darkness Bound (A Night Prowler Novel)
Price: 3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars "Night Prowler" series book 5, 20 July 2014
When senior war correspondent Jacqueline `Jack' Dolan writes in her newspaper article that humankind is at war with the newly revealed shape shifting Ikati; strong in her belief that all should be exterminated following Ceasar's atrocious attacks in previous books, she becomes a key player in the war. She tars every Ikati with the same brush, believing them to be bloody thirsty merciless killers like Caesar, but her opinion is understandable when more is learnt of her personal history.

Blackmailed and kidnapped, Jack and her Ikati escort Hawk are journeying into a remote area of Brazil to the home of the Ikati. Some shape shifters plan to change Jack's warped opinion of them hoping that she portray them in a better light to the world media, but there are others that believe humans an inferior species and consider them unwelcome in their shape shifting community.

There is a particular scene in this book that completely broke my heart and left me an emotional wreck - believe me you'll know exactly which scene I'm referring to if you decide to read "Darkness Bound". Jack and Hawk are a convincing couple; although they may initially hate each other and what they represent, there is no mistaking the heated attraction that immediately flares between them. This series continues to remain a phenomenal read. The pace and story line is exciting, whilst past characters make impactful appearances. I'm getting a little repetitive saying each new book in this series is my favourite so far, and it remains true in this case. I'll be honest though, those baby twins Hope and Honor creep me out.

A Tale of Two Dragons (Dragon Kin)
A Tale of Two Dragons (Dragon Kin)
Price: 1.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Dragon Kin" novella, 29 Jun 2014
GAA travels back in time in this "Dragon Kin" novella. Dragon Queen Rhiannon is a princess as her mother still sits on the throne, and her romance with Bercelak has yet to bloom. This book centres on his older brother Addolgar, who doesn't really take much notice of Braith of the Darkness until she saves his life. Braith may be forced to attend court due to her royal blood; yet she'd rather avoid the politics and pomp and stay alone in her cave. She's secretly been besotted with Addolgar for a while, yet she can't even meet his eye. He doesn't even notice her until he witnesses her sheer strength and brutality when she rips apart the dragons that threatened to harm him. That's just the thing to catch a dragon's eye and unexpectedly steal his heart.

This is another hilarious, heated and quite often violent courtship. Both Braith and Addolgar may be intent on keeping the other safe; it just happens that their protection often involves introducing the other to a state of unconsciousness and wrapping them in chains. There are some familiar faces introduced, and although they are much younger in this book, they still remain reckless, blood thirsty and utterly loveable.

This is a juicy read and I considered it quite lengthy for a novella. My only gripe - I don't understand why there is barely any reference to this ebook on this author's website. There is no mention of it in the reading list, whilst Braith of the Darkness is only referenced under another topic in the glossary. This book is a great addition to a fabulous series and should be treated as such.

Panasonic Blue/ Silver Self Hair Clipper
Panasonic Blue/ Silver Self Hair Clipper

3.0 out of 5 stars Clip Clip Hurrah, 22 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My other half has been using his previous clippers for over 10 years, and at last succumbed to something new. These clippers are sleeker and more lightweight than what he's used to, but felt as sturdy as their somewhat chunkier predecessor.

My other half doesn't shave his head regularly, so there can be a fair amount of thick growth to cut through. He also uses them to trim his weekly facial growth. These clippers handled both these scenarios brilliantly with no problems and were easy to clean afterwards. The fact that these clippers are rechargeable was an added bonus. The bathroom mirror can now remain in the bathroom and not left by a plug socket in the bedroom.

Heaven's Queen: Book 3 of Paradox
Heaven's Queen: Book 3 of Paradox
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars "Paradox" series book 3, 22 Jun 2014
The final part of this epic sci-fi fantasy drama is as fantastic as the 2 books that precede it; "Fortune's Pawn" and "Honour's Knight". Devi remains a memorable leading lady who has become a favourite character of mine; her gutsy determination to do the right thing against ridiculous odds had me cheering her on despite the bleak outlook. Just when things seem to improve slightly for Devi, something else happens that again leaves her facing death and unable to help those she loves or has sworn to protect.

Any questions you may have about Maat and her role in events, plus the lelgis and the phantoms are answered in this book. Characters whose motives I've previously questioned all make conclusive stands, and at last Devi learns who she can really trust to help her complete a seemingly impossible mission. There are some heart breaking moments and again a crazy amount of action, plus plenty of interesting ideas surrounding futuristic technology, alien species and space travel. This is a great book, but I'm sorry that Devi's adventures have ended.

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