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Released (The Shapeshifters' Library Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Amber Polo
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of Shipsfeather, Ohio, where an ancient race of dog-shifters has been charged with curating the knowledge of the world, and with protecting civilization's libraries from the machinations of evil, book burning werewolves. For years a curse has imprisoned the dog-shifters in the basement of the Shipsfeather library--where they have made the best of things with a gym, a spa, a Starbarks, and, of course, their wildly successful internet company, Zoogle--but now, thanks to librarian Liberty Cutter and her zany staff, they may actually have a chance to break free again. If only they can convince her to believe in magic...

THE SHAPESHIFTERS' LIBRARY: RELEASED is the first in a charming new series that will have dog lovers and book lovers alike howling out loud with delight. With a generous sprinkling of "Dewey-speak" and "dog-speak", clever literary references and some of the most unforgettable canine characters since "Lady and the Tramp", Amber Polo takes you into a world you will never want to leave. The Shapeshifters' Library series is destined to be a classic.

Editorial Reviews


"A delightful adventure... especially recommended as a gift for those who treasure their furry canine friends."
-- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Amber Polo has had a lifelong love affair with libraries and dogs. A fascination with lost ancient libraries and curiosity about why werewolves outnumbered dogshifters in literature inspired her new urban fantasy series filled with librarian dogshifters, The Shapeshifters' Library. Released is the first volume. Retrieved is the second.

Her previous novels include the award-winning Flying Free, an Arizona airpark romance with a high-flying Alaskan Malamute, and a Sedona paranormal romance Romancing Rebecca. To help writers and stressed readers reduce stress, her book Relaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writers' High offers suggestions and simple exercises. Using her calming voice she's recorded relaxation CDs that help almost anyone relax. After working in more than six libraries and living with five Old English Sheepdogs (at one time) she happily calls a small town in Arizona home.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2235 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0977329666
  • Publisher: Blue Merle Publishing (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J360I6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zany Is As Zany Does November 3, 2012
I'm particularly partial to good fantasy novels whose peculiarities offset my grim and clammy "realities". Amber Polo's The Shapeshifters' Library: Released (Blue Merle Publishing, 2012), the newly published first volume of a series, is just the ticket to chase away bossy Red Queens and your jellyfish blues.

The story begins:

"Liberty [Cutter] had been born in Shipsfeather [Ohio] and had lived here until her mother disappeared when she was five years old. Her four law librarian aunts had swooped into town and taken her home with them, eventually adopting her. They refused to talk to her either about her parents or Shipsfeather. She'd taken the job of Library Director because she wanted to run her own small town library and make a difference to the townspeople--and hopefully uncover the secrets of her own history. She should have been suspicious when no other librarian in the entire country had applied for the job, but she'd been too happy to question Fate."

Liberty's mother's disappearance isn't the only strange thing about Shipsfeather. When she's on her way to work on the only Monday she hasn't gone in early, she finds the two-story red brick library is sheathed in smoke and flames and spots a rangy critter fleeing the scene . . .

The story amps up quickly amidst a cast of quirky characters. Liberty must deal again with her nemesis Harold Dinzelbacher, Shipsfeather's bankster and Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees. He's blocked every innovation Liberty has ever proposed to update the library. Amid clues that the library fire was no accident and that Dinzelbacher may be more conniving than she realizes, Liberty questions his and the mayor's plan to situate the new library in the crumbling, old Shipsfeather Athenaeum and Academy building.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining "cozy" fantasy novel July 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A charming "cozy" fantasy novel that easily takes you into the world of books & there a better place to be?? I found myself caught up in a story where librarians, werewolves and shape-shifting dogs collide. I can't wait to revisit the Academy and see how the Chronus, Liberty & the rest of the pack fare in the next book. And now, at last, I understand where all those grumpy librarians came from!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dog Shifters Rule! July 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Amber Polo is a new author for me, but I'm so glad I found her.

The book combined so many of my loves--books/authors, paranormal, and dogs/animals. It was a very fun read. It is a story of dog shapeshifters and werewolves, with a new take on werewolves (the very bad guys who hate books). When the author talked about a dog breed I'd heard of or had seen or mentioned an author or book I'd read, I loved it. Her dog speak and librarian's codes using the Dewey Decimal numbers was very clever.

I would highly recommend this book to any dog lover, book lover, or readers of paranormal. Like I said, Ms. Polo is new to me, but I'll definitely be adding her to my list of authors. I'm looking forward to the next book in this cool series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dogs, werewolves, and librarians, oh my! September 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fun book about shapeshifters, werewolves, and librarians. It's an unusual mix of characters but it seems to work in this book. The shapeshifters come from a long line of librarians while the werewolves come from a line of book burners. The human librarians get caught in the middle of an ancient feud in this novel.

I had some difficulty getting into the book initially. There were a lot of characters and I didn't quite understand what the connection was between the characters. After about the first fifty pages or so it all began to come together and I flew through the rest of the book.

Liberty, the main character, is a librarian determined to go the extra mile to have her new library be a show piece full of every book imaginable. Unfortunately, once the new library is open someone begins to steal the books. This is when Chronus, a shapeshifting sheepdog, enters the picture. He reveals himself to Liberty and the two begin to work together to stop the book burning, and book stealing, werewolves.

On top of the situation with the stolen library books, Liberty learns that Chronus and the other shifting dogs are trapped in the library by a curse werewolf pack leader Elsie put on them. The werewolves will stop at nothing to make sure the dogs aren't able to break the curse. This includes fires, fights, and plotting against both Liberty and the shifters.

While the fight between the evil werewolves and the librarian dog shifters is the main theme the book does have something for everyone. The budding romance between Chronus and Liberty is sweet and fun. The "Dewey Speak" that comes from the human librarians adds some humor to the tense situations in the book.

I think anyone who is a fan of books, dogs, and the paranormal would enjoy reading this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual Fun July 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you have ever believed man's best friend, at times, answered you, then this book is for you. A secret race of dogs--which is at times--all too human? Yes, and more interesting, they're dedicated intellectuals being challenged by werewolves possessing our nastier human traits. Like Liberty, a not easily persuaded main character, I had a bit of trouble in the beginning believing the cursed dogs' story. After I started believing in this urban fantasy, I hung onto the Alpha's tale for a ride. And what a surprising ride it was. It's filled with clever ideas and words that will make you chuckle now and again. Not only at the dog-speak swearing, but also if you are a librarian you will laugh at the many insiders' jokes. The secret language of these professionals will worry the patrons, i.e. Where are they classifying you? (I hope I'm in the 808's:)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
had trouble getting into this one, and couldn't finish
Published 1 month ago by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars I totally enjoyed the premise
I totally enjoyed the premise. I thought the names were a little silly, but I did get into it. But when telling friends that a book-burning werewolf librarian whose name was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linn Sampson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this book immensely.
Published 5 months ago by Ausmarket
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
This was a fun book. When I read the blurb and saw that it contained dog-shifters who guarded a library of the world's wisdom, I knew it would be a winner, and it was. Ms. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Melissa Bowersock
3.0 out of 5 stars Released
I haven't yet managed to finish this story. I regret that it hasn't been able to completely hold my attention. I'll wait a while, and try it again.
Hazel MacDonald
Published 10 months ago by Hazel MacDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars A Reading Romp
They say we should write what we know. Amber Polo, the author of this shape shifter trilogy, was a past librarian. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Arlene Eisenbise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This is first book of 3 so far. Each book stands alone, yet the series tells a longer story. Can't put the book down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique world building, but needs editing
The author creates a new and unique world in this book. Linking mythology of shapeshifters and werewolves to historical archiving is very inventive and has a lot of potential. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
What a great way to unwind. For those who understand that magic resides within the pages of books and that dogs are the truest of friends, sit back and enjoy.
Published 12 months ago by Pat Berk
5.0 out of 5 stars if you liked the Harry Potter books you will like this trilogy too.
The complete trilogy of The Shapeshifters' Library is a must read for any one who loved the Harry Potter books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

A love of books drew Amber Polo into a career as a librarian. A greater love turned her into a writer. Best known for her The Shapeshifters' Library series, an urban fantasy filled with books, librarians and dogs, and a library everyone will love.

In addition to her Arizona romance novels, she's proud of Relaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writer's High offers hundreds of tips to help writers and readers relax and her relaxation CDs to teach relaxation to calm your body and mind and/or help you fall asleep.

Sample her writing and see why Midwest Book Review called her work "quirky" and "profound" (is that profoundly quirky or quirkily profound?)After living in seven states, she happily calls a small town in Arizona home.

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