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Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

Posted March 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie ShayneEternity by Maggie Shayne
Series: The Immortals #1
Published by CreateSpace on January 10, 2013
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 326
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads
two-half-stars
half-flame

Three hundred years ago, Raven St. James was accused of witchcraft... Only one man tried to free her from the hangman's noose--Duncan, the town minister, who died trying to save her. Three hundred years later, the accused witch still lives and longs for her love...

At last, after centuries of loneliness, Raven has found her precious Duncan. But as he awakens to the passion of his past life, so too does the evil that tore them apart. Now Raven and Duncan must prove their love for all eternity..

       

 

 The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on February 25, 2013  (currently FREE as of writing this post)

Overall rating 3.98 with 2,853 ratings and 223 reviews

 

I had a lot of trouble with reading my Kindle freebies during the COYER challenge. A LOT. It’s not so much a problem when I am reading one a month for a Thrifty Thursday post. I can choose one with a more well-known author which is the first of a series or I got free years back. The quality of books I have access to read (which anyone can get at the library, it just takes longer) is so high I’ve gotten more picky perhaps.

Eternity has all the earmarks of a good pick.  It won awards. There are numerous ratings which are quite high. The author is relatively known and this is the first in The Immortals series. I liked her contemporary romance books, including another Thrifty Thursday pick, The Brands Who Came for Christmas. I’ve been reading and enjoying more fantasy. I like almost anything with some romance. It has magic!

OK, it’s bad when I am listing reasons I should like it.  I read about half and then couldn’t get myself to continue for 3 weeks. I finally read the other half one night. I struggled some with the world-building. You’re not dead if you die in certain ways. And once you don’t die, you’re immortal but after the first death you may not remember your first life. Or you might.

I don’t always like historical which was part of my issue, but I think the love interest being a priest and the treatment of women, along with the religious fervor of the time was off-putting. It starts in the late 1600s, during the witch trials / executions.  The romance was fast and lustful without the kind of relationship building dialogue I prefer. The characters sometimes acted immature in the doing things which fall into the TSTL category.

It’s an interesting premise and I might read on in the series because of the focus of the next book, Infinity. I’m already familiar with the world and the core plot probably won’t include religious aspects. It also appears to be set in a more current time period.

 

About Maggie Shayne

Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.

Known within the Craft of the Wise as LadyHawk the Mythmaker, Maggie studied in the Black Forest Circle Seminary for three years, earning her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree elevations there. A licensed minister of Wicca, Maggie was later made a Craft Elder, and co-founded a new Wiccan tradition called RavenMyst Circle. Her coven, The Coven of the Redtail Hawk, turned out five new high priestesses, several of whom went on to form covens of their own, and making Maggie, according to the Old Ways, A Witch Queen.

While The Portal series is entirely fictional, and necessarily brimming with special effects, any portions of the stories pertaining to the actual practices and teachings of witchcraft are entirely authentic. Due to the oathbound nature of some Wiccan rites several of the spells and other rituals, particularly rituals of Initiation and elevation, have been altered, abbreviated, or are deliberately vague. These rites are revealed only to Initiated Witches who reach the appropriate levels of study in traditional Wiccan Covens.

If learning about real witchcraft is your goal, I’ll soon be releasing a nonfiction book, The Magick of the Witches, on that very topic. (Watch this site.) In the meantime, I strongly recommend books by Silver RavenWolf, Scott Cunningham, Dorothy Morrison, Gail Wood, and others, which will give you all the information you need to to decide if it’s the path for you, and to begin your own solitary practice.


Madly by Ruthie Knox

Madly by Ruthie Knox

Posted March 16, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

       Ruthie Knox is one of my favorite authors. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read which is almost all, including by Robin York.  They are just amazing! But what does that mean and why do I enjoy them so much? It’s the everyday, real characters. They make me feel. They have problems and fears and do stupid and embarrassing things. I care about them; I hurt for them; I root for them. They make me laugh. The story is rich with various relationships and family issues creating an interesting, emotional journey. Madly is the follow up to Truly in the New York series. Truly was a free serial on Wattpad for a year before it was published. You can read my 5 star review here.  Madly […]


Audio:  Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Audio: Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Posted March 9, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

  I’ve read all the books in the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series. I love mysteries set in England. This couple met when they worked together and Duncan was Gemma’s supervisor. When they became involved, she moved to a different group. They have had additional changes and moves over the last few months. While it is interesting to have multiple cases happening since they have different cases, it has the downside of them not interacting professionally so much. They each spent more time on their own and without their usual teams, in these cases. So Garden of Lamentations did not have much in the way of their personal or family interactions. There were minimal glimpses of family and friends. Gerard Doyle was a satisfying […]


Blog tour & Giveaway: Stormchaser by Cherry Adair

Blog tour & Giveaway: Stormchaser by Cherry Adair

Posted March 8, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 10 Comments

  The Cutter Cay series  so far has been about the three Cutter brothers. Now, we learn about Jonah, the previously unknown half-brother.  He actually had more of his parent’s time and attention growing up than the original brothers. But he hasn’t had the wealth or fame of the family.  I was very curious to learn more about him and how his newly found brothers would get along. Stormchaser is my favorite book so far. In addition to the suspense of the salvage projects, this one adds a historic sort of archaeological project, which to a great extent salvage is as well. There is deception in the crew (not completely unusual) and some high-tech or paranormal aspects of the project. As with the rest of the […]


Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 7, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 6 Comments

          As with every book in the Mercy Thompson series, I love these characters and especially Mercy. She has such spirit, compassion and intelligence. Her relationship with Adam is so solid now; the commitment is complete. Everyone else was just there in small bits. I did love seeing Stefan again; I’ve always liked him even though he is not completely safe – no vampire in this world is safe. Silence Fallen is rife with politics and manipulations. This gives everyone a chance to learn more about everyone else, and themselves. Mercy learns more about her capabilities. When things are bad, and they are, everyone joins in to save Mercy. But the captors and friends can both be surprised, she doesn’t require much […]


How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted March 3, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

  The paperback ARC came in the mail to me as a surprise. I’ve always wanted to read this author so I was happy to read it. This was quite fun. I am seeing more of the genre of fantasy romance. How does this differ from paranormal romance? Well, there are similarities but fantasy tends to include both historical and paranormal aspects. I don’t know if it is in most fantasy romance but in all the ones I have read the women are strong and brave, often functioning or even recognized as equals to their men. The Embraced are born on one of two nights per year when the two moons align.  These children have supernatural powers. The kings of the different lands don’t like […]


Wait for Dark by Kay Hooper

Wait for Dark by Kay Hooper

Posted March 2, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

               This long running Bishop Special Crimes Unit series has what is actually my favorite paranormal types.  I often say it is witches (magic) as that is more typical. But what I really LOVE best is the talents of the mind – telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and the like. The stories of an FBI unit with these special abilities has truly been one of my favorites. The story arcs are written in trilogies mostly. Early in the series, I would have classified them as romantic suspense. More recently, while there may be relationships or romances between characters, it is barely mentioned. The focus now is the mystery and suspense. Each story is a case with a team. So instead of […]


Riptide by Cherry Adair

Riptide by Cherry Adair

Posted February 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

         Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.   Riptide is my second read in the Cutter Cay series.  I am reading the series in the lead up to the fourth book being released in March. The genre is romantic suspense which is one of my favorites. I did enjoy the mystery and action in Riptide.  Nick Cutter was interesting in his ability to read vocal accents and his government work. However, the billionaire guy with the gal down on her luck is a trope I hate. Nick seemed to think he should have sex with Bria because he’s attracted to her physically even though he sees her as […]