Review: The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania #3)

Author: T.J. Klune

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP & Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb: Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.

It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.

Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.

With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.

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Faye’s Best of ’17

2017 both flew and crept by. I feel like I read and reviewed fewer books than I have in the past, but I was better able to come up with a full list this year. I had a lot of fun reading in ’17. Even when I was frustrated.

1. Skin After Skin (PsyCop #8) by Jordan Castillo Price

I don’t want to be told a tale. I want to be shown a tale. This book did just that. I’ve wanted a Crash origin story for years and this did not disappoint.

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BookSmitten’s Best of ’17

In no particular order.

1. King Daniel (The Lost and Founds #6) by Edmond Manning

From the gorgeous writing to the intriguing characters, there was a lot to love about this book. Even in a setting that delved into the magical, the characters were anchored in a realism – amazing, fallible, brave, scared, their very humanness made them a joy to know. Every word in this book was chosen with such consideration, and the core themes of the light and shadow within all of us made me pause and just sit with those thoughts for a little while. For me, that’s a real gift from a talented writer.

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Review: Two Man Station (Emergency Services #1)

Author: Lisa Henry

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 5 stars

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Type: Novel From Series

Received from Publisher  


Blurb: Gio Valeri is a big city police officer who’s been transferred to the small outback town of Richmond with his professional reputation in tatters. His transfer is a punishment, and Gio just wants to keep his head down and survive the next two years. No more mistakes. No more complications.

Except Gio isn’t counting on Jason Quinn.

Jason Quinn, officer in charge of Richmond Station, is a single dad struggling with balancing the demands of shift work with the challenges of raising his son. The last thing he needs is a new senior constable with a history of destroying other people’s careers. But like it or not, Jason has to work with Gio.

In a remote two man station hours away from the next town, Gio and Jason have to learn to trust and rely on each another. Close quarters and a growing attraction mean that the lines between professional and personal are blurring. And even in Richmond, being a copper can be dangerous enough without risking their hearts as well.

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Whit’s Best of ’17

1. Home Fires (Common Law #4) by Kate Sherwood

ANY book in this series and it’s fantastic. I knew Wade and Jericho were going to be one of those memorable couples as soon as they were on page together. So much history and tension is lingering between these two. They want to hate each other but the pull is too strong. There also on very different sides of the law. I felt like I knew all about this small town setting this book takes place in. The quirky characters were amazing. I love how they all straddle the line of right and wrong at times. Each book brings more trouble the guys are mixed up in forcing the guys together to face their feelings. I tore through these books. All amazing!

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Dianne’s Best of ’17

It seems as if I read very few books in 2017 compared to the years directly prior. I’m sure there are many wonderful books waiting on my TBR. With that in mind – here are my standouts from books I did read/listen to last year.

These are in no specific order:

1. Seven Summer Nights (audio)by Harper Fox narrated by Chris Clog

I hadn’t found time to read this one so, being an audiophile, chose to listen. Wow, was I glad I did. Chris Clog’s performance is stupendously brilliant.

You know how the ultimate book transports you to its place and time? Actually has you feeling the ocean salt breeze on your face, becoming steeped in the scent of roses, striding along verdant green earth and ominous dark tunnels? Has you experiencing the sweetest of joys, the devastation of sorrows that befall the characters? This is such a book. Harper Fox possesses a keen ability to make every phrase on a page bloom and spring to life – this book is a prime example. Set in 1946 post-war Sussex, renowned archeologist Rufus finds much more than he bargained for when sent to investigate murals at a church in Droyton Parva. The Reverend Archie Thorne becomes an unexpected complication and touchstone. I am smitten with every aspect of this story. There is mystique, uncertainty, evil, joy, action and adventure, and soul-deep romance. The story deals with reawakening and self-discovery. Of individuals. Of humanity. Of the earth. Of spirituality. Of love. Oh – the renegade vicar on a motorbike bit is a definite bonus! This is one for the ages for me and is now on my list of all-time favorite stories. I wanted it to go on forever.

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Candice’s Best of ’17


  1. A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese

I loved EVERY single second of Vann and Dray! This book was about love and what you would do for it. I cried. Boy, I cried my eyes out and it was beautiful. We even got to see my book boyfriend, Cole! If you’re looking for a beautiful love story, but one with lots of heartbreak, look no further. This is the 5th book in the Men of Halfway House series.

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Review: Rebel (415 Ink #1)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP & Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

Provided by Publisher


Blurb:  The hardest thing a rebel can do isn’t standing up for something—it’s standing up for himself.

Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After Gus spends years running from his past, present, and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, karma delivers the one thing Gus could never—would never—turn his back on: a son from a one-night stand he’d had after a devastating breakup a few years ago.

Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family’s tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together… until the firefighter who’d broken him walked back into Gus’s life.

For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn’t the strength or flexibility to hold on to. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt, but Gus hadn’t wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved, leaving Rey with an aching chasm in his soul.

When Gus’s life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream. Continue reading Review: Rebel (415 Ink #1)

Review: The Jackal’s House (Lancaster’s Luck #2)

Author: Anna Butler

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP & Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Something is stalking the Aegyptian night and endangering the archaeologists excavating the mysterious temple ruins in Abydos. But is it a vengeful ancient spirit or a very modern conspiracy….

Rafe Lancaster’s relationship with Gallowglass First Heir, Ned Winter, flourishes over the summer of 1900, and when Rafe’s House encourages him to join Ned’s next archaeological expedition, he sees a chance for it to deepen further. Since all the Houses of the Britannic Imperium, Rafe’s included, view assassination as a convenient solution to most problems, he packs his aether pistol—just in case.

Trouble finds them in Abydos. Rafe and Ned begin to wonder if they’re facing opposition to the Temple of Seti being disturbed. What begins as tricks and pranks escalates to attacks and death, while the figure of the Dog—the jackal-headed god, Anubis, ruler of death—casts a long shadow over the desert sands. Destruction follows in his wake as he returns to reclaim his place in Abydos. Can Rafe and Ned stand against both the god and House plots when the life of Ned’s son is on the line?

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