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

About the Author

Amber Polo is best known for her Shapeshifters' Library series, urban fantasies filled with books,  dogs, and romance. Heads in the Clouds, set in her Arizona neighborhood, won Best Romance in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Another Arizona romance Hearts in the Vortex pokes gentle fun at the town of Sedona. Amber also wrote Relaxing the Writer to help writers and readers relax. 

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  • File Size: 2238 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Merle Publishing (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J360I6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kate Robinson on November 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Barrett on 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 By 26summer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on February 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
I often found myself chuckling at all of the library in-jokes that filled the story of dog shapeshifter librarians and book-burning werewolves. Liberty is the Head Librarian at the Shipsfeather Public Library. She loves her job but has to deal with a book-hating former head librarian and a mayor who denies all of her requests for funding. The frustrations of her job have made her consider submitting her resignation. But when her beautiful old Carnegie library burns down, she gets the chance to move the public library to the abandoned Shipsfeather Academy building.

She finds more than she ever imagined in that building. It hides an ancient group of dog shifting librarians who have been cursed by the werewolves who have taken over the town. Liberty makes friends with an Old English Sheepdog who starts to visit her in her new library. She later learns that, in his human form, he is the Headmaster of the Shipsfeather Academy. They fall in love but it takes teamwork between the human librarians and the shapeshifting librarians to solve the mystery that keeps them confined within the Academy's subterranean floors.

The characters were over-the-top but very entertaining. The former librarian who is the book-burning head of the local werewolf pack is incredibly evil. She has gathered a small horde of human groupies to carry out her evil plans since the curse that keeps the dog shifters inside the academy keeps the werewolves out. One of the funnier scenes has one of the groupies getting stuck in the book drop when she is trying to steal all the dog books from the new library.

I enjoyed this light urban fantasy novel and think that it will appeal to both library lovers and dog lovers.
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