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Released (The Shapeshifters' Library Book 1) by [Polo, Amber]
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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. 

Product Details

  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J360I6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. There are cute twists on human things ( Zoogle = Google, etc) which I enjoyed.

However, I found the book very wordy and there several repetitive parts (mythology is explained multiple times). I also think the author couldn't decide who the final audience was. In some places, it feels like the book was written for children, in others young adults, and there are parts that are really for adults. It felt disjointed. The dialog and situations also seems unrealistic and forced. I think there's great potential in this idea, it just needs better execution.
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A charming "cozy" fantasy novel that easily takes you into the world of books & dogs..is 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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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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Amber Polo's Released, the First Volume in the Shapeshifters' Library series, drew me in with its premise of shapeshifting dogs as the true librarians of the world and kept me there as the yarn was spun with book-burning werewolves as their nemesis. Fantasy? Check. Romance? Check. Magic? Check. Elements of reality? Of course!

What a fun romp this was! The heroine and hero were likable, credible characters with a noble cause to unite them. They had to deal with nasty people who were in power and negatively impacting their survival. While the material was serious stuff, it was presented in such a light-hearted fashion, I simply enjoyed the escape from my everyday life.

I'd definitely recommend this book to dog lovers, book lovers, and anyone who wants the opportunity to take a quick trip away for a few hours. Just a joy to read! Looking forward to starting the second book in the series!
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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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I loved this novel love, dogs and books all combined. It was a lovely read. I was engrossed from the first page and read it effortlessly. The descriptions were enough to keep my imagination entertained , but not so much that it slowed or bogged down the story. Great read! I'd love to read more in this series
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This first book of the series laid the groundwork for some pretty interesting World Building. I like the idea of the Dog Shifters who are loyal to themselves and to the mainly unaware humans. The characters are many and varied, and the Bad Guys are a pack of nasty Wolf Shifters.

In fact, I felt more for the Dog characters than I did for the humans. Liberty, the Heroine, was not developed well enough to make me care very much about her. The romantic relationship seemed awkward. I did like the general plot. The ending was good, if rather rushed. The upcoming books will apparently concentrate on other dog shifters.

This was not a book that read smoothly for me. It was not one that impelled me to read it non-stop. It was, however, still a decent read. I'm not sure if I'm impressed enough to continue the series, but I'm not disappointed that I invested the time to read this one. I'm still not sure if it was intended for a younger reader or not, but this adult thought that it was OK.
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