February 27, 2015

Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby

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     It took me a little bit to get into the book, but once I did, I could not put it down. I loved that this book brought some often difficult issues: infertility, adoption, family relationship, and identity to light. An overall delightful read.
     The characters are very well developed. The story has excellent throughput and is well written. It was very easy to connect with Rose, and I wanted to see her find her answers. I rooted for her, and for the encouragement, she got from those around her. The ending was phenomenal, and while you get a sense of satisfaction for the story as a whole, you wish there was a little bit more to read.
     My only real gripe is with her sister Lily's obsession about trying to have a baby to a point that it becomes tiring to read. Some things are revealed later in the book on the subject of Lily conceiving or lack of. That information couldn’t come soon enough for me.

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T I T L E: Ignoring Gravity
S E R I E S: Identity Detective (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Sandra Danby
P U B L I S H E R: Beulah Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: November 21, 2014
I S B N: 9780993113406
Literature/Fiction (Adult), Women's Fiction

Rose Haldane is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to do, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Except it isn’t: because Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it. 'Ignoring Gravity' connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets… This is the first in a series of novels about Rose Haldane, identity detective.


*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

February 25, 2015

Dark Debt by Chloe Neill

T I T L E: Dark Debt
S E R I E S: Chicago Land Vampires (N°11)
A U T H O R: Chloe Neill
P U B L I S H E R: Penguin Group Berkley, NAL/Signet Romance, DAW, NAL Trade
P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 3, 2015
I S B N: 9780451472328
Romance, Fantasy
Merit is quite busy standing as Sentinel of Cadogan House, as well as making appearances with her master, Ethan Sullivan, who has just become a new member of American Association of Vampire Masters. Unfortunately, her life is about to get even busier. Morgan Greer, an old friend and Master of Navarre House, is in deep trouble with a mysterious crime syndicate called The Circle. He enlists Merit to help him and Ethan is not happy because she is put in a life threatening situation. Couple this with a ghost from Ethan's past and her hands are more than full.

     I have to admit that I was excited to review this book. Chloe Neill does not disappoint. This series just keeps getting better and better. There is lots of action and never a dull moment. It has scenes that had me on the edge of my seat as well as those that made me laugh out loud. In fact, I read this book in one day because once I started, I found that I couldn't put it down.
      I know that when you review a book, you should list all the things you liked about it and why as well as those things that you didn't like. Well, in all honesty I'm finding it difficult to find things that I didn't like. I do have to say that I keep hoping that Merit's father will get what he deserves. Since I don't like him what I feel he deserves is not good. And he did have a brief eye opener in this book, but I wish it had been more. Of course, he's despicable enough that it may take a lot for that to happen.
      Another bad thing? The fact that I have to wait for the next book to be released. I hope Ms. Neill is writing now because I am looking forward to reading what she has in store for Merit and Cadogan House, along with all of the people in Merit's life.
     I highly recommend this book and I give it four stars.


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

February 23, 2015

Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran

T I T L E: Elizabeth I and Her Circle
A U T H O R: Susan Doran
P U B L I S H E R: Oxford University Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: June 1, 2015
I S B N: 9780199574957

This book tells of both the personal and political relationships of Queen Elizabeth I. Susan Doran uses many different resources such as private letters, state papers, portraits and even verses written by not only Elizabeth but her courtiers as well. In some instances, the book offers slightly different views on her relationships than other books regarding the history of the Queen.

     Queen Elizabeth I is my favorite historical figure so I read any book I can get my hands on regarding her life. I'm always looking for books that offer different information not found in previous books that I have read. I was not disappointed. Most books don't go into that much detail for all of the members of her court. In all of the books I have read written about the Queen, they focus mainly on her relationship with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester and Mary, Queen of Scots. And this book does take a look at those relationships but it also gives information on each of the members of her privy council, her courtiers and even her relationship with her father and explains how she interacted with them.
     I found this book very informative and easy to read. It was very well written and I would recommend it to those that are interested in Elizabethan history and the inner workings of her court. I gave this book a four out of five stars.


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Beneath The Forsaken City by C.E. Laurean

T I T L E: Beneath The Forsaken City 
S E R I E S: The Song of Seare (Nº 2) 
A U T H O R: C.E. Laureano
P U B L I S H E R: Tyndale House Publisher 
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 16, 2015 
I S B N: 9781612916316 
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Teen/YA 

Conor and Aine escape Seare on a ship only to be thrown overboard in a storm and separated. Neither knows if the other survived but never lose hope of finding each other again. They must depend on their God Comdiu to reunite them and given them strength to accomplish the tasks he has set before them. While separated they both endure trials that teach them to believe in the strength of their God and set aside their own desires in order to obey.

     This is the second book in the Song of Seare series. The series, in general, is a great choice for teens and young adults. Just the right touch of romance and yet it doesn’t overpower the main story. There is a lot of magic and adventure for those that need to have their fantasy fix. Both Conor and Aine learn lessons that help them to get back on track with their appointed tasks. The book is well written and I would recommend this to those that like to read young adult, as well as fantasy lovers. I liked both main characters along with most of the supporting characters.
     In general I love reading about the Sidhe, but I don’t like to look at them as “demons” or evil per se, at least not all of them. The author takes the approach that all Sidhe are evil beings and almost demon-like. So, I didn’t really care for that concept in the story. For that reason, I gave the book a three out of five stars.



February 19, 2015

The Keeper by Dalia Roddy

T I T L E: The Keeper
A U T H O R: Dalia Roddy
P U B L I S H E R: Curiosity Quills Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: December 8, 2014
I S B N: 9781620077597
Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
When 3 men find a box in an old barn they release strange creatures that are contained within. These tiny beings seem harmless enough, but soon they begin to multiply. The small floating entities soon bond with the men that found them along with two small girls and their mother. Unknown to them the floaters are taking something from them, while they give something in return. However, they soon find out that what they receive is highly dangerous. It’s what they are given though that brings nothing but terror to them as they are pursued by three mercenaries who will do anything to get it, including murder. Before long they are running for their lives. None of them are aware that the creatures need a Keeper.

     I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. Not knowing exactly what these creatures had my curiosity piqued which kept me reading all the way up until the end. Once I started I just had to know where they came from and what they were.
     Unfortunately, I was not able to connect with any of the characters, except Einstein the dog. Other than him, I really didn’t like any of the characters much at all. I found it difficult to do that because the point of view kept switching from character to character.
     There were, however, some pretty thrilling moments near the end where I didn’t want to put it down because I wanted to see what would happen.
     I was a bit disappointed when I found out what these creatures were and where they came from. And while it was something totally unexpected, it was kind of a letdown.
For that reason and because I couldn't connect with anyone of the characters, I was unable to rate it higher than three stars.