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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.


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 […]


Undertow by Cherry Adair

Undertow by Cherry Adair

Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

      Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.   I got this library book to decide if I wanted to read and review the upcoming fourth book in the Cutter Cay series. I’ve always wanted to read this author as my impression was it would be romantic suspense. For various reasons, I decided to do it so you will be seeing the next two books in these short reviews,  before the new one. It was fairly enjoyable to read. There are hot guys, treasure on the seas, and a lovely ocean paradise. There is mystery, action and adventure as the brothers go salvage treasure hunting on the ocean. The plots and […]


Early Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Early Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Posted January 12, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

Since I really enjoyed this author’s Kitty Norville books and I’ve rediscovered my love of science fiction, Martians Abroad seemed like a perfect fit. I was so excited to read it. It was interesting while I was reading and learning about the world and the characters. People are living on Earth and Mars and various other colonies in space.  Polly and her twin brother, Charles, are the children of the head of the colony on Mars. Unfortunately, this was a young adult story and I don’t like young adult most of the time. The perspective of everything was by Polly. As a young adult, she was immature, rebellious and not all that far-thinking. Certainly, she had skills which allowed her to handle some bad situations. […]


Thrifty Thursday: A Cowboy for Christmas by Katherine Garbera

Thrifty Thursday: A Cowboy for Christmas by Katherine Garbera

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

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on December 22, 2013  (currently $2.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.71 with 434 ratings and 86 reviews   This is a nice enough novella with a TINY bit of holiday theme. It is fluffy as expected. I’m tired of the wealthy guy, broke gal story. I’m not sure if it is that, or the novella length, but the characters were not very real to me. Everything was okay while reading, but looking back nothing interesting happened overall. Stereotypes which sometime lend comfort, just felt boring here. A Cowboy for Christmas was a light, quick read. There was too little to make it memorable


When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

Posted December 8, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

     Romantic suspense is always a favorite of mine. I like the combination of elements plus some action and / or mystery. This author looked interesting as well. When All the Girls Have Gone was an easy read but lacked elements to give me an emotional connection. The main characters were likable enough and even somewhat realistic. Charlotte worked in an assisted living facility and had been dumped 5 days before her wedding. She was kind, smart and quite relatable. Max had gotten burned out as a profiler and now was starting his own private investigation business. Both have difficult family histories. They meet when a women dies of a drug overdose who is Charlotte’s sister’s best friend. Charlotte’s sister is now missing. So […]


Early review: Ghost Maker by Robin D. Owens

Early review: Ghost Maker by Robin D. Owens

Posted October 12, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

    The Ghost Seer series is urban fantasy by my personal classification since it follows the progress of one couple. I’ve liked the fact the romance has shared focus equally to the mystery. It’s always been a quirky read, sort of silly sometimes. Ghost Maker continued on its silly way and the plot was not too interesting to me. It may have been fewer ancillary characters. Enzo and the Other don’t seem to develop much; we don’t learn much more about them. Claire and Zach are learning some. It still feels a bit like running around in the dark or with your eyes shut.  Zach’s work is more structured which helps. As for their relationship, it was quite insta-love in the first book, Ghost […]


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. […]