Author: Anne

Spinoff series:  Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake

Spinoff series: Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake

Posted September 29, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

     The Broken Rider series is a spin-off from the Baba Yaga series.  I’ve enjoyed these books as quick, fun reads with magic and romance. Mikhail Day is my favorite of the Riders. I like the bits of humor in these stories. Dangerously Charming is Mikhail’s story after the Riders lose their immortality. His history is full of his charm and coming to the aid of damsels in distress. Jenna is in distress due to a fairy curse, so she knows and understands a bit more about his world than other women would. But she’s strong and doesn’t need someone to take over her problems. I like her. Their relationship is fast and plausible for fiction. The first sentence is “Mikhail Day was rather enjoying […]


Early review & Giveaway: The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey

Early review & Giveaway: The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey

Posted September 22, 2016 by Anne in Book Review, Giveaway | 5 Comments

   I love the Bloodbound series. I adore the battles, the romance, the humor and the characters. It surprised me because of the historical feel. I don’t always enjoy historical. Read this series in order. Here is my review of the second book, BloodForged.  I found myself almost hopeless after this book, everything was so dire – a matter of life and death. So I was afraid to read this final book of the trilogy. TERRIFIED.  I worried my favorite characters would be hurt or die.  I worried the romances would end up with couples I didn’t ship. I was a mess! The story began as frightening as I expected. My anxiety continued at high levels. I even peeked at the end to just see if […]


Release Day Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Release Day Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Posted September 20, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 5 Comments

          Kate Daniels is my FAVORITE series by my FAVORITE authors and this is just another piece of evidence why. It starts with the characters. There are many and their depth and growth continues as does my love (or hate) for them. It’s not so black or white; there are shades of feelings about them, even about one character. They are just so comfortable and precious to me, with their complexities. Those layers provide a wealth of feelings. Kate, I love your intelligence and spirit, your moral fiber and compassion. You are a better person than many will ever be. Magic Binds was set to be about your marriage to Curran. Of course, it is so much more. Curran was developed more, […]


Thrifty Thursday:  Silenced Memories by Brittney Sahin

Thrifty Thursday: Silenced Memories by Brittney Sahin

Posted September 15, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

        The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on July 31, 2016  (currently still free as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.18 with 108 ratings and 40 reviews Romance, suspense, and mystery are all here. The beginning was problematic. I’m not sure if it was because it is one of the author’s early works or related to the romance focus. The characters were all over the place emotionally. It felt inconsistent or uneven. Maybe it was too dramatic or insta-lust for me.  I’m more likely to start with an intellectual connection. Both main characters were considered wildly attractive by others which was a bit too much. Once Silenced Memories moved on to […]


The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

Posted September 8, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

     The Invisible Library sounded exciting. I mean who doesn’t like libraries and books and adventures with spies? And I liked it.  But The Masked City was better – a fast paced, thrilling ride from start to finish.  The two seem very different in some ways.  The first had the initial world-building, a large cast of developing characters,  and lots of book stuff, in addition to the mystery and action adventure.  The latter was full-on action adventure which barely stopped to take a breath. Our knowledge, as well as Irene’s knowledge, of the world continues to expand as she travels to a new dimension which is far on the chaos spectrum.  The Fae are the chaos; the dragons are the order.  War is being […]


New series: Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black

New series: Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black

Posted September 1, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

       Each chapter is from the point of view of a character. There are many, many shortish chapters. There are also a large number of different characters, all separate, then brought together through events to importance with each other and the story. The author introduces us to the characters in a brilliant method. Beginning with Rae and Naomi, girls who are part of what feels somewhat like an native American Indian tribe. Their group of families travels and lives in a historical fashion without much technology, fighting with other groups sometimes. This straightforward life, with its strong, hardworking people, is where we start. Next we meet more young people in a settlement. This is a very organized place where most are factory workers […]


The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson

The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson

Posted August 25, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

    This Arc came in paperback in my first package for AceRocstars. It looked like one of my top picks because I love magic but it was book 2 and we got so many great things. I had trouble getting book 1 without buying it and I prefer not to buy when I don’t know how I feel about the author or series. So I ordered up the first book through Interlibrary loan. The Witches of Echo Park is book 1. The world-building and character development began at a slow pace. Each chapter took a different point of view so there was lots of information on lots of people. The setup of the story with its history and characters had a good amount of depth. […]


Audio review: The Sight by Chloe Neill

Audio review: The Sight by Chloe Neill

Posted August 18, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 8 Comments

I am new to the Chloe Neil party.  Some Girls Bite  of the Chicagoland Vampire series was one of my first ever audiobooks when I moved halfway across the country last year. Needless to say, I was hooked and now she is a favorite author.  I moved on to the Devil’s Isle series on audio as well. As urban fantasy, the books should definitely be read in order. Amy Landon is a comfortable narrator to understand and very enjoyable. She lets the characters come alive in the voices and brings their emotions to the story. I like her voice in my mind for Claire; it has a southern feel even though there is not really an accent. Landon does accents where appropriate. Claire and Liam […]