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This is a YA trilogy. I’m not usually a YA reader but there are some such as Stephanie Meyer, Samantha Young, Kelly Armstrong and Kim Harrison that I’ve enjoyed and reading the sample of Blood Moon it had that same well written and not “dumbed down” feel that those authors works do.
Its set in the town of Twelve Aces which has in the past been home to a coven of witches who practised Light magic. Now however its ostensibly full of “normal” people, although Willa has always felt slightly outside the other kids with her special abilities, and trying to hide them. No one wants to be different as a teen. She’s still at school and can see ghosts, and has dreams that are often prophetic. She meets Simon and discovers via the rescue of a puppy, that he has healing abilities and can sense emotions in others. When they first met there was an immediate attraction, and they were very soon together, feeling they are Soul-mates. Just as well because they are facing some terrific dangers with a battle between some Dark forces. Willa dreams about a captive witch in the town, and when she and Simon rescue her Wynter tells them she was captured by a Dark witch, who tortured her and is out to use his powers to join together two dark covens into a Dark Covenant. This will be disastrous and the three need to join forces with what remains of the Light coven to stop that from happening. Wynter tells them they are witches too and the history of the town also comes into play with Amelia Plate, descendent of town founder Ruby Plate, and who has fought the Dark Forces before, helping them and Willa’s ghost seeing abilities are critical to the story. The tale jumps from past to present several times, but its not disorientating and it weaves together the towns present occupants and those from its history to an amazing climax of dangerous events for Simon and Willa.
Its a fairly basic plot of Light v Dark magic, but Teri manages to weave lots of excitement into it, with danger and adventure round every corner it seems. It seems like Willa and Simon barely have time to breathe between one outcome and the next event to occur!! I’m sure it will appeal well to the Young Adult market. I did enjoy it but as a one off read, but then I’m older 😦 and don’t often re read YA books, though I enjoy them as a one off. Its very well written for a début novel, having all the elements that appeal to teens. Teen romance, mystery, witch-craft, danger and excitement. At least that’s what I loved as an avid teen reader, and I’m sure it’s still the same!
Its a good long read too (hurrah) at 354 pages for £4.58, so reasonably priced. It’ll be interesting to see how Teri develops the story next.
Stars: a well deserved four.
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Beth Harbison is an author new to me but looking her up she seems to have a large body of work and I was in the mood for something light and chick-lit type to read. So…on with CTWGGHTWF – odd and unusual title I thought, though after I’d read the book it did make sense.
I’ve mixed feelings about it, and I’m not entirely sure where to start. The book description sums up what its about pretty accurately so I’ll try to describe how I felt on reading it. Well, seemed a slow starter and I was waiting for some of the traditional sexual tension so prevalent in most romances to seep through. But with which brother? It was clear they both still had feelings for Quinn and she for them, but apart from odd moments there wasn’t really a great deal of interaction with them. I didn’t like the way the book kept flashing back to the past – I know its a great way to tell a history between characters as if we’re there with them, and I’ve seen (read?) it used successfully for other books but somehow in this book it didn’t really work for me. I didn’t feel “there “ with Quinn in the past as much as I did in the present. Maybe just me though 🙂 The humour throughout was great though, especially that between Quinn and Glenn – and I really enjoyed that.
Characters: a great crowd and this worked really well for me. Quinn, wrapped up in past misery so much she’s afraid to let go and enjoy the present. The lovely, gay Glenn. Everyone should have a friend like him – his 30 days project was inspired even with its unintended consequences. Drunk Day – loved that ( sadly been there done that as I guess so many of us have! Why does the mouth/brain filter switch off when we drink??) He deserves his own story and HEA – there was a glimmer of that at the end and the romantic in me has written him an imaginary HEA …I can’t help it- I want all the people I like to have a happy ending. Dottie, great lady! I’d have loved a gran like that. I wondered if her and Lyle was some kind of Machiavellian ploy on her part at one point, this book certainly kept me guessing with all its twists and turns. Then of course there’s Burke and Frank, two hot, sexy, delicious brothers, both having a history with Quinn. There was some emotional pull evident in the novel between both of them and Quinn, but it was so subtle it was easy to miss for the most part. I honestly didn’t know which one she would end up with, which one I wanted her to end up with – that kept changing in my mind..(.Frank, yep Frank, err ah but Burke – he’s soooo….) and that’s the way it went for me. I even wondered if someone new was going to pop in I was so confused about the romantic side of it. But I LOVED the ending – that redeemed all the doubts I had throughout the novel.
Well written and edited as you’d expect. I don’t have pricing or length info.
Stars: difficult, I had so many mixed feelings and took so long to warm to the book that I can’t go four stars and yet… the ending was perfect and makes it so much more than just three – split the difference, three and a half it is.
The Infernal Detective
When Riga Hayworth finds a dead body in her bedroom a week before her wedding, it’s par for the course. When the corpse drives off with her fiancée… That’s a problem.
Riga knows dead. More intimately than she’d like. So when a murdered photographer gets up and walks away, she believes there’s necromancy afoot. And when she discovers that several of her wedding guests are under the influence of dark magic, she’s certain. But how can she catch a killer and stop a necromancer when even her nearest and dearest are lying to her?
Murder. The undead. Irritating relatives. The Infernal Detective is a fast-paced, paranormal mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, and magic lies just beyond the veil.
“A high-voltage, cleverly spun mystery, that I couldn’t put down. Riga Hayworth is addictive.”
Diana Orgain, Best-selling author of The Maternal Instincts Mysteries
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Jumping into book four of a series as I have I wasn’t sure how I’d be able to follow the story. Whilst I did need to refer back a couple of times it wasn’t hard to pick up, Kirsten gives enough explanation to keep up without being too repetitive for followers of the series. I hate it when an author keeps repeating detail from earlier books I’ve read if its overdone. Its a turn off and I feel cheated, I always think that the readers should buy the earlier books…..so its good that Kirsten has found the right balance. Riga is getting married to Donovan in a week and they’re having a pre wedding party at their new lake house. They go into the bedroom and find a dead body, Riga goes out of the room and moments later the body has disappeared along with Donovan. He turns up next day at one of his casinos and Riga spots Cam, the dead man although he seems to be trying hard to avoid her. Puzzles and batty relatives, ghosts, witchcraft, necromancers, dark magic and Hunters, talking gargoyles… its a book packed with adventure and mystery. I love books like this and really enjoyed it, Kirsten has managed a perfect mix of supernatural without resorting to the tired clichés so many books like this have utilised.
I think I’d get even more from the book if I’d read the earlier ones, as often there were things that referred back to past incidents, which of course I didn’t know about. It didn’t make the story hard to follow but I’d have had a greater understanding if I did know who was who, and what had occurred in earlier series.
The cast of characters are great, a good mix, and each carefully thought out to fit within the story line. They felt like real people – though if I had aunts like that I’d be tearing my hair out 🙂 I liked Riga ( and Donovan!) and felt for her when she’s trying to work her way out of danger, solve the puzzle of the dead/alive Cam, and keep the other guests from harm, and with the problem of her magic not helping as for some reaosn its been going wrong recently. All the while she’s doing this she also has to try to avoid a local mob boss who’s convinced she’s part of his destiny. Big task for anyone but riga doesn’t shy away from doings what’s right and needed. I was there with her, holding my breath and reading franticly when she was in the middle of yet another dangerous scenario.
Stars: Great book, well written and I’m sure the whole series is one for fantasy readers to follow. Certainly I’ll get to the earlier books when I’ve time 🙂 and spare cash. I’m going for four stars but I think if I’d read the earlier ones I’d be giving five. I may come back and edit at a later date but this is my rating based on current reading.
About the Author:
Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, andThe Infernal Detective.
Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.
Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking good wine.
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I was in the mood for some contemporary romance so this book was on the list and I began it hopefully. Its a decent story, reasonably realistic, and the settings and descriptions are excellent. I love the rags to riches scenario, though Camille isn’t quite in the Rags category she has lost her job for a celebrity magazine, as she refuses to take the job of being Julians short term wife and write a scandalous piece for the publication. She’s got no savings, huge student debts, the rent is due and ironically the only quick paid opportunity is to marry Julian. He’s got his own reasons for wanting the marriage, and they marry in USA then go to his home in France to marry in front of his family. There are some great characters, Julian and Camille certainly have some chemistry between them, then there’s his brother and her best friend. The controlling father and the stepmother, she’s a sweet lady, no evil stepmother here. The ex…the woman his father planned to be Julians’ wife who isn’t taking rejection lightly. Its a good idea, with a cast of characters that could make a great story and yet… it didn’t work well for me. It was OK but not great. I’d like to have had a bit more of Julian and Camille and to get to know them better, the fathers’ role was excellent, he was just as I expected but Madelaine, the woman who’d hoped to marry Julian was a real wasted opportunity I feel. There were a few good bitch moments from her but she could have done so much more – all the ingredients were there for a super book and yet it felt too shallow, not enough deep lows and sweet highs. I need lots of emotion and contrasts, and though the potential was here it just didn’t do it for me, but as always a reminder that we all want different things and though it didn’t work for me it may be just what you want.
Its well written but the shortfalls make it just a three star read. OK but not great 😦 For instance when Camille and Julian do make love she’s a virgin, and yet the moment almost slips away without notice the scene is so short, and there’s no real sensuality in it. He doesn’t even seem to notice she’s inexperienced, and you’d think he’d take a bit more care. There were a few sex scenes, but they were all of this sort – quickly over and not graphic so that’s fine for those readers who don’t want too much erotica in their reading. I’d rather have a bit more sensuality 🙂 Then there’s Madelaine, the set up was perfect for her to do so much more than she did, and then when it all went wrong and Camille left, it was very anti climax, and when Julian went after her there was no drama and excitement just what seemed to me like “ oh there you are” and all was forgiven…The break up is where I want to be moved almost to tears but it was just sweet and short here.
Overall its a book for those wanting a sweet romance, without graphic sex scenes and deep emotions.
Stars: as I said, three from me for the reasons I’ve given, which may of course make it a five star for a different reader 🙂
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Romance, I love it 🙂 and eagerly started on this book. Connor is a lovely man, finally back in the small town he grew up in after some horrific experiences in Afghanistan with the military, and then with the city police. He loves the way it’s so secure and has pledged to make it his duty to keep it that way, and wants nothing more than to stay in the town the rest of his life. His schoolgirl sweetheart is there still. They split acrimoniously, and for the two years he’s been back have been very carefully avoiding each other. Becca dreamed of travelling but had to sacrifice her dreams to look after a younger brother. Now he’s almost eighteen she can’t wait to leave and start her travels. Even though the attraction between the two is still shimmering there thoughts on the future are worlds apart – literally.
On the face of it I thought it was a perfect set up for romance but… the small town part was just too small for me. The characters irritated me. I grew up – and still live – in a small village, so I’m aware of how gossipy and awkward things can get but this seemed a step too far. The police tracking a lost dog as an emergency? The vandalism possibly resulting in an attempted manslaughter charge? When son no 1’s car was broken into a couple of years back it took two days for police to arrive, and their response? “if you hear anything about who the culprit is contact us” I thought that was their job, certainly they’d never take anything as minor as the events that happen here so seriously. Even though its UK versus US and the policing style is different, and that’s its fact v fiction its still just too far for me. I need to feel that events could be real and this just didn’t work. There were some good moments, I liked the way the people pulled together to help Becca set up her fitness centre, and the gossiping was something universal to all small villages I guess, and can be very funny as an onlooker. I felt for Becca in her quest to get her brother to go onto further education, and felt for him too. He was basically a good lad, but wanted something different out of life than Becca and resented her – as kids do resent parents. I remember the struggle to get my own kids to take education seriously – probably my parents had the same problem. Something else universal to all generations 🙂
Overall I enjoyed the book, but as a one off read only. Its very light, has some humour and very little sex for those who don’t like that. As an old fashioned romance it works well, for those who want more sensual, realistic scenes like me its not one for the keeper files, but then we all (thankfully ) like different things which is why I give reasons for what I didn’t like. That may be the opposite for someone else and make this a perfect read for them. At £2.36 for 184 pages its good value of this sort of novel appeals.
Sometimes dreams are where you least expect them.
Connor O’Malley and Becca Sanders were once high school sweethearts, ripped apart by rumors in the small town of Kortville, Illinois. Connor left to join the military, and Becca stayed, waiting for her younger brother to graduate so she could live her dreams of traveling the world. But now that Connor’s back as the town sheriff, Becca finds herself struggling to resist the too-handsome man who once broke her heart.
Connor loves Kortville—its quaintness keeps at bay the painful memories of Afghanistan he’s sure make him unworthy of any woman, particularly the beautiful brunette he’s always secretly dreamed of a future with. But when a scandal rocks the town, suddenly Connor and Becca must trust in each other if they want to weather this storm…and come out on the other side of it together.
I write what I love—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. On the personal side, I’m a frazzled maid, chauffeur, and slave to my children. I was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. (The children’s book The Bravest Squirrel Ever by my alter-ego Sara Shafer is the squirrel’s fictionalized version of that experience!) I’m crazy about country music and the drama of NASCAR. And I have my very own happily-ever-after romance with my hero husband.
Stars: three from me.