Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Gift - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


The Gift
by Margaret Mallory

Lily’s well-honed sense for trouble tells her no healer is safe in London while gangs roam the city looking for witches to burn. In the dead of night, she escapes on a northbound ship, intending to return after Christmas celebrations calm the city’s witch fever. But when Lily lands in the wilds of Scotland, her skills for surviving in the city can’t save her.

Roderick MacDonald is on a secret mission for his chieftain when he finds a lass near death on a barren hillside and is forced to take her with him. Though this mysterious Sassenach may have The Gift his clan needs—and he burns with passion for her—he’s determined to resist the enchantment she weaves on his scarred heart.

When love blooms amidst the harsh winter beauty of the Highlands, will these two obstinate souls from different worlds accept the Yuletide gift?


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
Sullivan met Margaret Mallory at the Love Letters Convention in Berlin and got me this novella as he thought I might enjoy Mallory's writing.

This is a nice read.

As it is a novella the attraction and romance move fast, but not unbelievably so. I liked both Roderick and Lily, although at one time during the story I thought everyone, including Roderick, was being very unfair towards how Lily is feeling. But this being a novella there's not a lot of room to work with storywise, so I decided to not hold it against Roderick too long.

The ending was a bit rushed in my opinion. I'd have loved another more intimate scene between hero and heroine before being ushered to the Happily Ever After epilogue.

Overall this is an enjoyable novella though, and I think I'll investigate what other books Mallory has written.

Why should you read it:
It's a nice historical romance.


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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Dangerous


"My team and I have been holding and studying these for years," said Howell. "As you can see, we're perfectly fine."
That might be a matter of opinion, I thought.

(page 63, Dangerous by Shannon Hale)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Spell Games - Book Review


Spell Games (Marla Mason #4)
by T.A. Pratt


What is it about:
Brain-eating fungi, wannabe sorcerers, long-lost relations–does even a hard-core witch stand a chance?

Mad sorcerers, psychic vampires, an army of vengeful demons, Marla Mason would rather face them all than a flesh-and-blood ghost from her dysfunctional family past: her con artist brother, Jason. As Felport’s chief sorcerer, Marla would ordinarily consider it her duty to protect her town from such an unscrupulous ne’er-do-well. As his sister, things are a lot…trickier. Now, as Marla attempts to train an apprentice oracle whose magical wires have gotten crossed, Jason is setting up an elaborate sting and drawing her ever-so-corruptible partner Rondeau into the ruse.

Their patsy is a filthy-rich wannabe mage and their bait is something so valuable, so dangerous, so sought after, it probably doesn’t exist. But now word’s gotten out that the Borrichius spores do exist and instead of a sucker Jason and Rondeau have a much bigger–and much deadlier–fish on their line: a reclusive sorcerer whose devotion to the mushroom god and command of vegetal magic could bring a fungal apocalypse to Felport. It’ll be the mother of all bad trips unless Marla can pull off the ultimate magical switcheroo…and somehow live to tell about it.


What did I think of it:
It 's been a while since I read Dead Reign, but I remembered all too well how it ended, so it took me no time at all to get back in Marla's world.

And this book is yet another roller coaster of action. Marla has her hands full with trying to keep her beloved city from danger. A character from a previous book is back to help her, and he was just as cool as I remembered. And there's Rondeau of course, Marla's right hand man.

With each book there are new things added to this world, but in a way that makes you feel they've always been there. They just needed to be encountered. I liked the glimpse into the magic of the other sorcerers in the city, and of the mushroom god who sets eyes on Felport.

It was also good to see that with all her power Marla has her flaws and weaknesses. It makes it easy to root for her and her close friends.

The ending was gut wrenching and heart breaking. I need the next book!

Why should you read it:

It's a really cool UF read.


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Friday, 17 November 2017

Zombies vs The Living Dead - Book Review


Zombies vs The Living Dead (Surviving The Evacuation 0.5)
by Frank Tayell


What is it about:
The outbreak began in New York. Within days the world descended into chaos as the infection spread to every corner of the globe. Across Britain, millions of people are told to leave the less defensible villages, towns and cities for the safety of one of the enclaves being established around the coast.

For George Tull and the other residents of the Waverly-Price Retirement Home, evacuation is not an option. Finding the staff have left, George has to choose between trying to save those he loathes, or abandoning the woman he loves to an uncertain fate.


What did I think of it:
This is a nice short read with zombies.

George Tull is a character I could sympathize with and I cheered him on as he's trying to find out where all the staff is gone when a zombie invasion is imminent. He's resourceful and can kick zombie ass better than many younger guys could.

For a short story there's a really decent story line and the suspense and action build up nicely towards the ending.

All in all an entertaining read.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable zombie read.


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Ashes by Laura Bickle available as a stand-alone ebook!

Until very recently you could only get Ashes by getting the book Fantasy Medley 3, which contains 4 stories by 4 different authors. But now you can get Ashes as a stand-alone ebook!


Ashes (Anya Kalinczyk #3)
by Laura Bickle


With “Ashes,” Laura Bickle revisits Detroit arson investigator and powerful spirit medium Anya Kalinczyk as she, her five-foot-long salamander familiar Sparky, and Hades’ Charon pursue a destructive fire elemental named the Nain Rouge through the city’s festival in his dubious honor.


My review:
This is a really cool and touching story. Anya and Sparky team up with Charon to save the city from destruction. I will keep hoping for more books and stories in this series, but if this story is the last then I'm happy with how Bickle leaves things for Anya and Sparky.


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Grid Seekers - Book Review


Grid Seekers (Grid Seekers #1)
by Logan Byrne


What is it about:
In a dystopian future, WorldNet, a semi-autonomous evolved form of the Internet, controls daily life. WorldNet allows people to plug themselves in, transporting their minds and sensory organs into what citizens call the grid while their physical bodies stay put. Inside WorldNet they can shop, bank, dine, travel, and do everything they can do in the real world, and although WorldNet itself is free, there’s a cost for doing business.

Any citizen aged sixteen to sixty who accesses WorldNet during the year is entered into a lottery. Twenty-four people, four from each of six megacities, are randomly chosen to compete in an annual televised competition in which they’re plugged in and forced to search for one of two hidden talismans. If they fail to find one of the talismans, or if they die in the process, they’re sentenced to three years of hard labor. But if they win, they’re granted one wish, any wish, that could completely change their lives—or the world.


What did I think of it:
24 people battling it out every year as a punishment for a rebellion a long time ago. Does that sound familiar?

Yup, this book is The Hunger Games all over again, including the participants getting trained before being send off to fight it out in a foresty (virtual) world.

But as The Hunger Games isn't original either and draws heavily from Battle Royale, I couldn't hold it against Grid Seekers.

This is an entertaining read. I had hoped that Byrne would use the fact that these games are set in a virtual environment to its full advantage, but alas. Apart from some minor thing the whole virtual part of the games could have been left out. I also didn't get Alexia. You get entered into the lottery if you used WorldNet in the previous year. Now maybe I missed something and Alexia did use it earlier that year, but it read like she decided to use WorldNet the day of the lottery and could have escaped being entered that year if she would have waited just one more day.

These things aside it's a fun, uncomplicated read. The ending feels a bit easy, but maybe that will be remedied in the next book.

Why should you read it:
It's a nice Dystopian read.


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - Spell Games


"You have a brother?" Langford said.
"I do," Marla said. "Don't get any ideas. You aren't allowed to dissect him."

(page 136, Spell Games by T.A. Pratt)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!