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Allie's War: Episode 33
Allie's War: Episode 33

5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great Allie's War installment, October 13, 2014
I was excited when I realized there was a team looking for Dante's mother, and one of my favorite things that JC Andrijeski does is give us new point of view characters periodically, which really enhances and deepens my love of the world - we're not limited to "main" players, because every character has his or her place, and many of them get voices. And yet JC never seems to overwhelm with multiple points of views.

I try to review every book in this series because I love it so, but I feel like I repeat myself. Read. This. Now. Amazing. The world-building is complex and complete, these characters feel like old and trusted friends... the dynamic between Allie and Revik continues to be tense and difficult, and yet, ultimately, completely satisfying. All of these statements are as true for Prophet as for every other book in the series.


King Mai (The Lost and Founds Book 2)
King Mai (The Lost and Founds Book 2)
Price: $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, September 23, 2014
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I stumbled into a promotion for the Butterfly King, Lost And Founds #3, and I had not realized there was a book 2, King Mai, so that was a very happy moment.

The weird thing is... I sort of thought I knew exactly how this would go, and yes, I was excited, and yes, I was a little worried that the stories of lost and found kings would be a little dull and overrated, now that I know about them... right?

Huh. Yeah, right.

Here's what I said about book 1, King Perry

This book. O happy sigh. It is sweet. It is gentle. It is kindness and taking a risk and a leap of faith, and learning about trust and truth and happiness. Vin Vanbly asks Perry, a virtual stranger, to spend a weekend with him, and the condition is that Perry has to do everything Vin tells him to do. I know, sounds porny, right? But noooo, it's not at all. During the course of the weekend Vin tells Perry about some of the lost and found kings, and asks Perry to trust him over and over and over. This book is funny, and sad, and poignant, and just... a beautiful journey.

Buy it. Read it. You won't be sorry.

(endquote)

I can, damn near word for word, say the exact (ooh, an X!) paragraph about King Mai.

I loved Mai, and I desperately did not want him to quit or give up or lose his farm.

I learned more about Vin Vanbly and how he loves. How he gives all of his love. And that makes me want to make him a king and snuggle him safe and warm in a sleeping bag.

Of course I need the Butterfly King. IMmediately.

Edmond Manning, I tip my hat to you - you have, indeed, found your voice - an amazing voice that tells amazing stories, that touch and change my heart. Thank you.


Women Halloween Skull Sweatshirt
Women Halloween Skull Sweatshirt
Offered by mkpstuff
Price: $25.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Product as described, daughter loves it, August 16, 2014
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My daughter added this sweatshirt to my wish list, then saved her allowance to purchase it. She loves it and wears it all the time.


Nine by Night: A Multi-Author Urban Fantasy Bundle of Kickass Heroines, Adventure, & Magic
Nine by Night: A Multi-Author Urban Fantasy Bundle of Kickass Heroines, Adventure, & Magic

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation! All my favorite sorts of heroines in ..., August 16, 2014
Great compilation!

All my favorite sorts of heroines in one place!

I've sampled each the books in this collection, and am excited to read each of them word for word.

One of my very favorite authors, JC Andrijeski, is part of this collection, and the first book of her Allie's War series is here. Read. This. Book. It's Avatar to the 200th degree. Maybe better.. Why this book isn't sitting on a NY Times bestseller list, I have no idea.

It's the kind of book that's hard to put down even for a minute, and hell to have to put down to go do something like, ugh, 8 hours of a day job. I've been preoccupied with this story for days, and finding time to just immerse myself in it is like waking up on the morning of my birthday.

Allie sucked me in on page 1 - and the story just keeps building. The sexual tension between Allie and Revik is... mmmm, something else again.

I have high hopes for the rest of the novels included in Nine by Night, and looking forward to discovering more new authors to love.


Allie's War: Episode 32
Allie's War: Episode 32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific Allie and Revik installment, August 7, 2014
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The Saga continues as Allie and Revik work to track down humans and seers from the List. Episode 32 is the beginning of Prophet, the next full novel in the Allie's War series, and, as per usual, does not disappoint. The new world in which the human population has been decimated is about as tight as security gets, in which whole cities have quarantined themselves to keep the human-killing virus at bay. And as you'd guess, the rich and connected have set themselves up to be the safest.

The problem isn't getting into to these various cities so much as getting out.

And then there are old enemies giving clues, and old lovers adding complications, and you're all set for yet another wild and twisted ride, so hold on tight!


Dangerously Happy
Dangerously Happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars I got sucked into Dangerously Happy by the author's beautiful teasers on ..., July 30, 2014
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This review is from: Dangerously Happy (Kindle Edition)
I got sucked into Dangerously Happy by the author's beautiful teasers on Facebook, and I was not at all disappointed.

This is a lovely romance, filled with nervous emotion, angst, and a fairly believable premise. The main characters had known each other peripherally for quite a long time, and one held back because he's not gay (or didn't recognize the possibility that he wasn't straight), and the other because he doesn't pursue straight boys.

So it's kind-of, sort-of a "gay for you" romance - but thankfully the plot did NOT center around the straight boy hiding his gayness. (Yay!)

But don't worry - there is plenty of angst here, plenty of relationship dynamics that are complicated, and holy moly - a lot of hot hot HOT sex. And I mean... smokin'. Fanning myself. One-handed reading. Yanno - all the stuff you want from a truly steamy read.

The emotional elements of the story just blew me away, and overall - this is a beautiful and satisfying M/M love story, and I'd happily read more about Aidan and Dario - and I know for a fact that it won't take me long to read everything this author has ever written.


My Brother's Keeper (Book One): The First Three Rules
My Brother's Keeper (Book One): The First Three Rules
Price: $3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book, July 30, 2014
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Whoo boy, where to start?

I liked this book. It was very well-written, and I'm not sure about the creepiness in the blurb, because I didn't run into anything quite *that* creepy in My Brother's Keeper, The First Three Rules.

Characterization was good, dialogue felt natural for the most part, the sex was hot, and the romance was believable.

And yet... I'm not sure I'll read further into the series.

And the reasons for that are pretty complicated, and have a lot to do with Rudy, and with Ellis taking care of Rudy. Rudy's world is so limited, and Ellis really doesn't have the capacity to care for him full-time. And, honestly, Ellis doesn't do a very good job of it, despite the fact that he's given up his whole life to keep Rudy at home.

This is the kind of situation I run into in real life, fairly often, actually, and a Rudy-type of disability is probably the most difficult kind of person to take care of, even in a controlled, hospital environment. So. What happened to me was that - these kinds of situations aren't what I want to read about in my down time.

So. I definitely give the book 4 stars, as far as... the author tells a great story, and my inability to read on really has a lot more to do with myself than with the book. Fair enough?


I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver Book 1)
I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver Book 1)
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Price: $7.80

4.0 out of 5 stars I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER would have generated five stars if the copy-editing had been better. There came a point about 2/3 into, July 30, 2014
I am picky as hell, as far as giving five star reviews. I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER would have generated five stars if the copy-editing had been better. There came a point about 2/3 into my copy of the book where there were typos on nearly every page, and while they didn't interrupt the story enough to make me quit reading, they really did interrupt the feeling that I was "in a story" versus "reading a book." I think it's a terrible shame that a book this well-written suffers to this level for lack of editing.

It was as if someone started proof-reading it, then just suddenly quit and so the book went to press "as is."

(My copy is kind of old, so - this issue might have been fixed up some, I can't really say).

Anyway - back to the ACTUAL REVIEW -

Loved this book.

I loved John W. Cleaver, the boy who has every marker of becoming a serial killer and works so hard to follow the rules he's set out for himself to foil himself.

I adore his mother, an undertaker who understands him to some degree, and really wants it not to be true. "You're really telling a sociopath to date girls?" John asks, and his mother answers, "No, I'm telling you not to be a sociopath!" (Might be a more or less loose quote - but you get the idea - it was rather a priceless moment).

There were more areas than I can even count where this author hit the mark dead on with how a sociopath sees the world and realizes he has no place in it, and his inner dialogue is sometimes hysterically funny, even when it's not at all funny, because even though it sounds like a joke, John W. Cleaver wasn't joking. At all.

Enjoy this one. It hits the mark.

Some reviewers were less than pleased with the introduction of a paranormal element to the story, but let me ask you this: Who do you think would be able to see a demon? The so-called "normal" people? (Bwahahahahahahaha)


Birth (Allie's War)
Birth (Allie's War)
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars whether Early Years novellas or full blown next installments full length (and sometimes epic length) books - feels like falling, July 30, 2014
I know, I've said this before, but each Allie's War installment, whether Early Years novellas or full blown next installments full length (and sometimes epic length) books - feels like falling in with old friends, and either learning more about them, or catching up on what's been happening lately.

Birth is a lovely bit of how isolated and lonely Revik was when he first broke away from the Rooks, before Allie was even born. Another reviewer mentioned that he was distrusted by the "allies" for having been a Rook, and of course is now being hunted by the Rooks to be brought back into the fold. He really has a limited number of people to make connections with, and really, for Revik, getting attached to people, in his experience, is incredibly dangerous. His attachments have always brought him nothing but pain.

His confusion during this time, and his almost...(insert a seer gesture here)... ambiguity... about Allie's actual birth just lets us know Revik in a way we never have before.

I thoroughly enjoyed this installment.


Mutiny in Chapter Three
Mutiny in Chapter Three
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love how the characters took over the story, July 8, 2014
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This book was well executed, cute and creative. I love how the characters took over the story, and how all the chapters were Chapter Three. A fun, lighthearted read.


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