Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter

Fuck me, I enjoyed that book.

Admittedly, I was low on funds last week and after finishing my last Kindle book, I needed something to read. I went to the freebies and browsed through, downloading 3-4 possibilities. One of them was called A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter. I was turned off by the cover (a haze of bare chest over teaming bookshelves) but the term ‘Elemental Mysteries’ was intriguing (I also read the blurb on it but frankly have no recollection of what it said).

I ended up reading one of the other books first which was enjoyable but nothing special for me. So I ‘cracked’ open A Hidden Fire. As I said, fuck me, I enjoyed that book. I finished it just before 2am last night. For those that know me, you know I am one of the most disciplined readers around. I go to bed by midnight and start the next day early. But I didn’t want to put this book down.

Elizabeth Hunter not only has created a fascinating story of intrigue and mystery but a beautiful romantic twist. You get inside the characters heads, learn to love them, faults and all. The dark sides of the characters come out while you get into the twist and turn of their lives and the mystery that has brought them together.

I only hope that readers enjoy my upcoming first book release as much as I enjoyed this one. I’ve already purchased Book two of the series and am fighting myself about whether or not getting the laundry done and working on book two of my own series is more important than what happens next in this fantastic series. Alas, my rational side is winning and the laundry is rolling…I will start book two tonight (hums with anticipation).

 

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Book Review: HP Mallory

Just discovered HP Mallory. I picked up the book To Kill a Warlock on a whim, having no information on the author. Took me no time to finish it and, yes, I bought the second in the series  immediately after turning the last page on my Kindle. The book was very easy to read, has very likable characters, the lead character, Dulcie, is a fairy who kills plants but kicks butt as a Regulator, which could be compared to a cop but for the supernatural. It’s funny, quirky and I really enjoyed the book. I’d like to say more but I just got called in from my day off to work on an emergency…

So if you enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series or Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, than this series is a sure thing. 🙂 Here’s a link: http://hpmallory.com/dulcie-oneil-series/

Enjoy!

Something Witchy This Way Comes by Veronica Blade

A friend of mine recommended this YA novel. I checked it out from the kindle library but was mowing through another series and didn’t get to it before it expired. This past weekend I finished another series and was reminded of it so I picked it up.

Loved it.

If you enjoy reading YA, read it. I’ll write more about it later but I’m on my kindle at the moment and it’s a pain in the arse to write anything lengthy.

Cheers!

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Okay, I know I haven’t posted in a year. A lot of great things (and not so great) have occurred but I will get to them a bit later…

Because I just finished Hounded by Kevin Hearne. I’ve read a TON of books in the last year and I have a huge list books to review BUT this one was so friggin enjoyable that I had to blog immediately. I can only hope this is the start of more frequent blogs. 🙂

Hounded is the first of a series. If the fact that I bought the next two in the series (can you say LOVE KINDLE!) doesn’t tell you how much I enjoyed the first, well, …hm.  The book stars Atticus, which isn’t his real name, as a 2000 plus year old Druid in current day. He is just trying to survive, run his book and herb shop and be left alone. Of course, when you happen across the God of Love’s sword, which just happens to be able to slice through ANYTHING and you stash it away for a rainy day, things tend to come after you. This book has Gods, demons, werewolves, vampires, the Fae and more. Kevin Hearne’s humor is absolutely hilarious, I actually laughed aloud a few times. That’s pretty rare. I was completely entertained. Kudos to Kevin for a thoroughly enjoyable book. I look forward to reading more.

And with that, I leave you to go work on my taxes. The exact opposite of reading Kevin Hearne.

Child of Fire by Harry Connolly

Loved this book.  Talk about distracting.  The first chapter starts with Ray Lilly driving along with a very powerful sorceress (or magician or something) who hates his guts but isn’t allowed to kill him.  He’s following her driving orders only to pull over to confront a couple on the run and then watch one of their children burst into flame.  It doesn’t stop after that.  Ray is a criminal who’s trying to not to be one, fresh out of jail and suddenly stuck with a member of the Twenty Palaces, a secret group that’s sole purpose is to rid the earth of people wielding illegal magics or taken over by demons, killing whatever gets in the way to that goal.

This is one of those books where you finish it and immediately feel the void of needing the next fix, the next impossible situation of Ray Lilly and the thirst to see how it ends.

Harry Connolly rocks. A new role model for me and my writing.  It made me feel like my writing was sub-standard and yet inspired me to be better.  To figure out how to create my characters more, unroll my story more intelligently.  Or certainly try like hell.

Click here to go to Harry Connolly’s website.

Lucy Snyder’s Spellbent and Shotgun Sorceress

I finished these two off pretty quick back to back.  Honestly, I think I’m going to have to remove books from my house.  It’s so easy to get involved in someone else’s story and stop working on my own.  But at the same time, they can be so inspiring.  I’m torn.

These books start off with a bang and keep going.  I enjoyed them.  If you enjoyed any of the other books I’ve recommended, you’ll like these too.  There were parts where I could put the book down and others that I couldn’t.  I like that. I know some people like a book that grips them to the point of staying up half the night.  Sure, I can appreciate that but I also appreciate a book that I can put down periodically and get something else done.  I don’t always want to but life has to be taken by the horns and wrangled with, can’t live it sitting on the couch or the comfy chair in the back porch.

These books are about a gal named Jesse Shimmer who, despite her crappy life thus far, finally finds her place only to have it ripped out from under her, ground up and tossed into the fire.  She feels it but still has the guts and tenacity to kick some arse and get it back.  I like a strong character who feels it, even has a good cry but gets back up on her feet.

Good times. Enjoy.

Click here to go to Lucy’s Website.

Stacia Kane’s Ghost Series

Okay, I’m back.  I didn’t fall off a cliff or in Florida, a boat.  I am here just doing everything possible except blogging and writing my story.  So after much soul searching (and kicking my own arse) I’m getting it back together again as it should be…writing daily.  Maybe not on the blog but for sure the novel.  It’s finally moving again.  I promised myself I would finish two novels this year.  See, last year I said I would finish the one, didn’t make it. So this year, if I go for two I sure as hell better get one done.

That said, I just finished the third book in Stacia Kane’s Ghosts Series.  That’s not actually what it’s called, I’ve just been calling it that.  The first book is Unholy Ghosts, the second is Unholy Magic and the third is City of Ghosts.   You can see them here.

I gotta tell you.  After the first chapter of the book I did not think much of the main character.  I think it’s mostly because I’m one of those people who has never taken drugs, don’t care too either.  This character is chock full of ’em, literally.  It was a real turn off BUT the story was friggin interesting.  So the further I go, page after page, the more I’m liking this character.  By the time I finished the last book, I knew she had come along way and was not just glad about it but genuinely happy for her.

All I can say is…read them.  They’re good.  Really good.  Now I’m going to hunt down her other series. 🙂