- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Catherine G Cobb; 1 edition (22 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996057838
- ISBN-13: 978-0996057837
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,938,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lost Library: A Paranormal Romance Series: Volume 1 (The Lost Library Series) Paperback – 22 Apr 2014
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About the Author
Kate Baray is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy writer. She writes and lives in Austin, Texas with her pack of pointers and a bloodhound. Kate has worked as an attorney, a manager, a tractor sales person, and a dog trainer, but writing is her passion. When she's not writing, she volunteers with a search and rescue team, sweeps up hairy dust bunnies, and watches British mysteries.
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As I opened this book and began reading I was struck by the punchy beginning that grabbed hold of my attention and sucked me into the compelling storyline. Each subsequent chapter left me sat in animated suspense, desperate to read on and find out the answers to many questions (as though a mini-cliffhanger). This story explores the definition of `normal' and identity through the main character's remarkable journey of self-discovery and enlightenment that as a reader I was able to connect with due to the sublime storytelling and transcendent adventure.
Lizzie's average outlook on life and self-regard is altered so dramatically when drop-dead-gorgeous, sexy Alpha John and a curious leather-bound, green book enters her life...nothing will ever be the same again! Swept away by the smouldering, fervent intensity between Lizzie and John and the mystical undertone to an edgy urban fantasy story, I was unable to put this astonishingly appealing novel down -- not even for a split second.
The convincing complexity of the fantasy world which the author has created (slotted so seamlessly into our everyday life), was so impressively ambitious that I was left in awe of the author. What I also LOVED about this story was how not only how it is so different from anything else within this genre, but that it instils/ re-ignites a passion for books and reading that will animate any bibliophile or rabid reader!!
My sole disappointment with this novel was that it came to an end; otherwise I would state how truly tantalizing this transfixing tale was!
Kate Baray's take on magical creatures and concepts is certainly distinctive, with the writing verging in places of erotica and contemporary fiction that chick-lit readers will like. Henceforth I would recommend this not only to fans of supernatural stories or TRUE BLOOD lovers, but equally to those who seek a strong female lead and a dash of melting romance that will leave you breathless!
*I would like to thank the author for providing me with a physical copy of her debut novel to read & write a non-biased, honest review on*
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A mystery in itself. But more is yet to come. After opening the book, she finds it is filled with words she cannot read and which constantly change.
Apart from the raging headache she gets from trying to read it, Lizzie gets no other sense from the book.
After 2 years of trying everything, unsuccessfully, to make the book reveal it's secrets, Lizzie pops it in a drawer and tries to forget it.
Then, right out of the blue, a tall, and ruggedly handsome, young man knocks on her door and things go from mysterious, to mad! It seems that magic is involved!
This is a really fun story to read.
The characters are full of life and really jump off the page. Lizzie is well written, she is vibrant and fun. I loved her best friend Kenna...she is great fun and full of energy in the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between the two main characters. Although the two of them becoming romantically involved, was utterly predictable from the start of the story.
As a personal thing, I would have liked more magic...less romance. More styles of magic used...not just 'auras'. That left me a bit cold and was disappointing in a way.
However, the funny dialogue and fun characters helped the story to be great fun to read. The style of writing was easy to read and kept my attention throughout.
Overall this was a good fun book, which I liked. 4 Stars
A book has shown up a Lizzie’s house. A very unusual book. Very old and bound in leather, at first she thinks there is nothing in the book. But she slowly realizes that not only is there writing on the first page of the book, but every time she opens it the writing, and the hand it is written in, changes. Now, if only it wasn’t all blurry and unreadable . . .
Kate Baray has written a fast paced, interesting book which I glad to say is much more story than ‘romantic scenes.’ Her magical world building is both unusual and comprehensive, and made me smile over the creativity. Overall, the only thing I don’t care for is that now I have to wait for the next book! It seems clear that there is more coming in what I hope will turn out to be a series. However, there is no real “cliffhanger” at the end. There is plenty of room for “more” but if you want a stand-alone, well, you could certainly end here and be satisfied. Of course, again, I really like Lizzie and hope that we can learn more in future about her growth as magical ‘Record Keeper’ and her interactions with others of the magical world.
Highly recommended – and not just for romance readers. While there is an undercurrent of romance and “boy gets girl” there is good, solid storytelling to be had in what appears to be Ms. Baray’s first published work. I look forward to more from this talented writer! Besides, anyone with a pack of pointers and a bloodhound has got my attention anyway!
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