Monday, October 31, 2016

Review - The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay @linwood_barclay @BerkleyPub

The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay
Series: Promise Falls #3
Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Date Read:  October 22, 2016
Source: NetGalley

From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes the third jaw-dropping thriller set in Promise Falls.

Everything has been leading to this.

It's the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd, and the small town of Promise Falls, New York, has found itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe. Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar flu-like symptoms—and dozens have died. Investigators quickly zero in on the water supply. But the question for many, including private investigator Cal Weaver, remains: Who would benefit from a mass poisoning of this town?

Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is faced with another problem. A college student has been murdered, and he's seen the killer's handiwork before—in the unsolved homicides of two other women in town. Suddenly, all the strange things that have happened in the last month start to add up…

Bloody mannequins found in car “23” of an abandoned Ferris wheel…a fiery, out-of-control bus with “23” on the back, that same number on the hoodie of a man accused of assault…

The motive for harming the people of Promise Falls points to the number 23—and working out why will bring Duckworth closer to death than he's ever been before…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

I enjoyed this final installment in the Promise Falls trilogy.  I was eager to finally get some answers when I picked up this book and I feel like I got them for the most part.  Like the other two books in the trilogy, this novel did have its own focus but there was a lot of things that needed to be wrapped up from the previous books in the series.  This was a really fast paced and exciting story.

This book starts with a bang.  People in Promise Falls are getting sick.  Really sick.  Many people are even dying.  The town is trying to keep up and figure out what is going on but they are completely overwhelmed.   In addition to the sickness, there is a new murder that needs to be solved and they are still trying to figure out previous unsolved murders.

All of the great characters are back from the previous book and they are all working to find out what is going on in this town.  Duckworth has his hands full.  Seriously, how is he in charge of every problem in this city?  I liked Duckworth but realistically I don't think he could have possibly kept up with as much as he did.  Cal and David are both dealing with issues that are a little closer to home for them.

I was pretty satisfied by how the book and trilogy wrapped up.  There were a few surprises in the end but nothing that didn't make sense in the story.  This trilogy really should be read in order and in quick succession if at all possible.  Each book left so many unanswered questions that finally are addressed in this book.  I think anyone trying to read this book as a stand alone novel will miss out on the larger story and will probably be somewhat unsatisfied.

I would recommend this book and trilogy and book to fans of mystery thrillers.  This is a smartly plotted mystery that should appeal to a large number of readers.  I have read and enjoyed Linwood Barclay's work many times in the past and I look forward to reading more in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

The Trilogy

Book #1 - Broken Promise - My Review
Book #2 - Far From True - My Review
Book #3 - The Twenty-Three
About the Author
Photo credit: Bill Taylor

Linwood Barclay is a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author whose critically acclaimed novels have been optioned for film and TV.


Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Friday, October 28, 2016

Review - Shadowed Souls edited by JIm Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes

Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes
Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Date Read:  October 13, 2016
Source: NetGalley


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

This was a really good selection of stories.   I am really not too big of a fan of anthologies in general because it always seems like a few great stories end up mixed along with some not so great ones.  That is not the case in this book.  I liked all of the stories found in this book and am really happy that I decided to give it a chance.

I think one of the strengths of this anthology is that there is a little bit of everything in these stories.  For fans of urban fiction, this is a perfect mix and I loved the variety.  If I had to pick a favorite in the collection, I would have to go with Jim Butcher's Cold Case but there were quite a few of the other stories that were a close pick.

Cold Case by Jim Butcher - 5 stars
I really enjoyed this story featuring Molly.  It is part of the Dresden Files series but you won't find Harry in this story because it is all about Molly.  She is finding out what her role in the Winter court really means.  I really liked seeing things from her point of view.

Sleepover by Seanan McGuire - 4 stars
This was a story about a succubus but it wasn't that kind of story.  Her skills are needed to rescue a girl.  I thought this story had a really nice flow and it was just so original.  Elsie was a great character that was really fun to read about.

If Wishes Were by Tanya Huff - 4 stars
This was another gem of a story.  The main character, Vicki, is a vampire but this didn't really feel like a vampire story.  It was really more of a genie story and I liked how all of the elements worked together.  I haven't read anything by Tanya Huff before so this was a great introduction for me.

Solus by Anton Strout - 4 stars
I enjoyed the banter between the main characters in this story a lot.  It was a bit of a ghost story with a touch of haunted house.  This pair of ghost busters was an enjoyable read.

Peacock in Hell by Kat Richardson - 4 stars
Most of this story takes place in hell so it gets a lot of points for an interesting location.  The characters were interesting and I was really curious about where everything was going.

Eye of Newt by Kevin J. Anderson - 4 stars
This story would win the award for being the silliest one of the bunch.  I like silly so that worked fine for me.  Our favorite zombie detective, Dan Shambles, has a new client that needs some help finding out who took his eye.  There were some funny moments in this one.

What Dwells Within by Lucy A. Snyder - 3.5 stars
This story featuring a witch had a pretty good mystery at its core.  I found the characters interesting and the story had a few surprises along with some interesting elements.

Hunter, Healer by Jim C. Hines - 4 stars
This was a story about a unique healer.  Her sidekick has a rather comical way of saying what he thinks which added an element of fun to the story.  The basis of the story was really intriguing.

Baggage by Erik Scott de Bie - 3 stars
This story is about a superhero or someone who used to be a superhero.  It took a while for this one to get really interesting for me but I liked how dark the characters were.

Sales. Force. by Kristine Katherine Rusch - 3 stars
The main character of this story has a broken heart and I really felt her pain.  When she is called on a job to test a potion that can take away all of that pain, why would she want to do anything else?

Impossible Monsters by Rob Thurman - 4 stars
Cal is such an interesting character being a half demon.  He visits an old teacher from school that had an ugly side.  This was a pretty dark story but very entertaining.

I would recommend this book to fans of urban fiction and paranormal.  I really think that there is something for everyone in this book.  The stories that are part of a larger series read perfectly well as a stand alone so it is a great place to jump in and give it a shot.  I have found a few authors that I hope to read more from in the near future.

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Audiobook Review - Summer Knight by Jim Butcher @longshotauthor

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
Narrated by James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #4
Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Corp. (Audio)
Publication Date: June 10, 2009
Date Read:  September 27, 2016 (2nd read)
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a very powerful wizard and a dedicated private eye. He is also a wise cracking trouble magnet. Fueled by a tempest of guilt, sleep deprivation, malnutrition, bad temper and frankly awful personal grooming. Harry is hurtling toward oblivion. According to Harry that is nobody's business but his own.

The Winter Queen of Faerie manipulates him into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.
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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I really enjoyed my re-read of this book!  I first read this book years ago and liked it then as well but I probably liked it a bit more this time around.  This series is up to full speed by the time you get to this book and I just love Harry and the world he lives in.  This book was fast paced and really exciting.  I actually found myself wanting to listen to it for hours at a time which made it a really quick listen.

Harry starts the book out in a bad place.  Things didn't end well for him in the last book and he has spent months locked away trying to find a solution.  Then everything gets really interesting.  He realizes that he needs to get back in the world and earn a little money just as he receives a visit from Mab, a Fae Queen.  The White Council is in town trying to pin the current war on Harry so he has plenty of things to keep him busy.

I really liked seeing the growth of all of the characters.  We have really got a chance to get to know most of the characters well by the time we make it to book four and they have been through a lot.  And it shows.  Harry wants to keep everyone safe and takes it personally if anyone experiences harm on his watch.  Karin opens up to Harry a bit at the beginning of the story but it was really fun watching them fight together later in the story.

I loved the narration!  This is a book that I think listening to the audio version is a completely different experience.  James Marsters is the perfect choice for this series and really makes Harry come to life.  The delivery is perfectly paced with the occasional insertion of a well placed sigh.  I really almost felt like I was a part of the story as I listened.

I would recommend this book to others.  This is the fourth book in the series and I do think that the series should be read in order since each installment builds on the previous books.  I can't wait to start the next book as I work my way through this series for a second time.

About the Author
Photo by Karen Hacker with The Portrait Gallery, located in Independence, MO
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990’s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Audiobook Review - White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland @dianarowland

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland
Narrated by: Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #3
DAW / Audible Studios
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Date Read: October 3, 2016
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 9 hours 30 minutes

Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up.

But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she's in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces - and body parts - together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This audiobook was just a lot of fun! Over the past few months, I have kept circling back to this book wanting to buy it. I have so many audiobooks in my personal library that I still haven't read so I tried really hard to resist adding any more to the pile. But I kept coming back to it. I finally caved in and bought the book and am really happy that I did. This series has been a lot of fun so far and is the perfect choice when I am looking for a fun and light-hearted story.

I am pretty sure that I don't want to ever be a zombie. Ok...I am completely sure. But if I had to be a zombie then I would want to be like Angel. She is smart, resourceful, and just pretty much kick ass. She does what she feels is right even if it it isn't easy. I like how easy it is to relate to and like this character even though she has an imperfect background.

I really enjoy the underlying sense of humor in this book. There is a zombie movie filming in Angel's town during this book which I thought was unexpected. I can't help but find myself smiling during many of the scenes because being in Angel's head is just funny at times. The book does have its more tender moments. Angel's feeling towards her dad and the effort she goes to in order to protect him were impressive. Angel also spends some time during the book really working to find out who she really is and stands up to Marcus when she needs to do so.

I absolutely love the narrator. This is a story that I feel like I enjoyed a lot more because I picked up the audio version. Allison McLemore brings Angel to life wonderfully and really displays a wide range of emotions. I love her accent and the voices that she uses for other characters work well. The pacing of the story was perfectly done and this turned out to be one of those audiobooks that I just didn't want to turn off.

I would highly recommend this book to others. This is the third book in the series and I do feel that it would be best read in order since the relationships between the characters build from previous books. I can't wait to start the next book in the series!

The Series

Book #1 - My Life as a White Trash Zombie - My Review
Book #2 - Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - My Review
Book #3 - White Trash Zombie Apocalypse
Book #4 - How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back
Book #5 - White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
About the Author

Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line, uses "y'all" for second-person-plural, and otherwise has no southern accent (in her opinion.) She attended college at Georgia Tech where she earned a BS in Applied Mathematics, and after graduation forgot everything about higher math as quickly as possible.

She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't rollerblade to save her life.

She presently lives in south Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Releases - October 25, 2016 #newreleases #newbooks

October 25, 2016  

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:

A Wedding for Christmas by Lori Wilde
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25606951-reckless-creed

The whole town is ready for the holidays: The Cookie Club is baking, Main Street glitters with lights, the carolers sing . . .There’s even a Christmas wedding.

When bodyguard Ryder Southerland sees his best friend’s sister Katie at an L.A. Christmas party, he mistakes the slinky blonde for a celebrity stalker and tackles her. Then they tackle each other . . . at his place. The next morning, Katie’s gone, and Ryder tells himself it’s for the best. It isn’t. Now, one Christmas later, Ryder’s falling for the woman he’s been missing in the town he hasn’t missed at all . . .

Katie Cheek’s outgrown the romantic fantasies she had about Ryder when she was fifteen. Katie’s packed their hot night away in a box labeled “fling”—or tried to. But Twilight’s bad boy is the best man in her brother’s wedding. And up-close and personal, Ryder’s impossible to ignore. So Katie can either go into hiding—or surrender to Christmas magic.


The Whistler by John Grisham
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28446375-the-trouble-with-mistletoe

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.

But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It’s rare, but it happens.

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.

But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history.

What’s the source of the ill-gotten gains? It seems the judge was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. The Coast Mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself to a sizable skim of each month’s cash. The judge is getting a cut and looking the other way. It’s a sweet deal: Everyone is making money.

But now Greg wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. Greg files a complaint with the Board on Judicial Conduct, and the case is assigned to Lacy Stoltz, who immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous.

Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.


Beneath These Shadows by Meghan March
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25980816-the-perks-of-loving-a-scoundrel

Beneath These Shadows is a STANDALONE romance set in the world of the Beneath series. You DO NOT have to read any other books in the series to enjoy it.

From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a new dangerously sexy alpha hero...

The only permanent thing in my life is the ink I put on my clients.
I drift from city to city, in and out of beds, from one tattoo shop to the next.
Every time I start to put down roots, I rip them up.
Until New Orleans.
Until her.
She’s everything I’m not.
Full of fire and life. An innocent where I’m a sinner.
I want to consume her. Protect her. Keep her.
But first, I have to escape from beneath these shadows.


Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22299763-crooked-kingdom?ac=1&from_search=true

There never was a story that was happy through and through.

When writer Arthur Ransome leaves his unhappy marriage in England and moves to Russia to work as a journalist, he has little idea of the violent revolution about to erupt. Unwittingly, he finds himself at its center, tapped by the British to report back on the Bolsheviks even as he becomes dangerously, romantically entangled with Trotsky's personal secretary.

Both sides seek to use Arthur to gather and relay information for their own purposes . . . and both grow to suspect him of being a double agent. Arthur wants only to elope far from conflict with his beloved, but her Russian ties make leaving the country nearly impossible. And the more Arthur resists becoming a pawn, the more entrenched in the game he seems to become.

Blood Red Snow White, a Soviet-era thriller from renowned author Marcus Sedgwick, is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

 
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28814311-no-witness-but-the-moon?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29942174-livia-lone?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29006815-we-show-what-we-have-learned?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28820011-the-earl?ac=1&from_search=true

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Taking an unexpected break

I am taking an unplanned break.  I am having a lot of trouble with carpal tunnel which is making typing  and using a mouse extremely difficult.  I am hopeful that with a few days of rest it will greatly improve.

Until I return, I will be curled up with a book or binge watching Outlander.

See you soon!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review - Far From True by Linwood Barclay @linwood_barclay @BerkleyPub

Far From True by Linwood Barclay
Series: Promise Falls #2
Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Date Read:  October 16, 2016
Source: NetGalley

New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay delivers the second spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls, following the electrifying cliffhanger ending of Broken Promise...

After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a recent break-in at her father’s house. Cal discovers a hidden basement room where it’s clear that salacious activities have taken place—as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realizes it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in....

Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is still trying to solve two murders—one of which is three years old—he believes are connected, since each featured a similar distinctive wound.

As the lies begin to unravel, Cal is headed straight into the heart of a dark secret as his search uncovers more startling truths about Promise Falls. And when yet another murder happens, Cal and Barry are both driven to pursue their investigations, no matter where they lead. Evil deeds long thought buried are about to haunt the residents of this town—as the sins of the past and present collide with terrifying results.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

I enjoyed this book This is the second book in the Promise Falls trilogy which really does need to be read in order. I actually think that it would be best to read the trilogy in quick succession if at all possible. I actually waited a little more than a year after reading the first book and ran into a few problems remembering everything that was going on in Promise Falls at the end of Broken Promise. Once I regained my memory, the book moved really fast and I didn't want to put it down by the end. This book was really quite the page-turner!

As I mentioned, this book starts right after the events in the previous book which ended in a bit of a cliffhanger. This book follows a similar pattern but the cliffhanger seemed a bit more intense at the end of the book. I am so glad that the final book is scheduled to be released soon because I really need to know what is going on.

The book seemed almost too busy to keep up with at times but it all worked in the end. Many of the key players from the first book play an important role in this book as well. Detective Barry Duckworth has his hands full with all of the issues going on in this town. There is a drive in collapse that kills four people that starts this chapter of the trilogy off with a bang and the action never stops.

I would recommend this book to others. This was a solid addition to the trilogy although it would not work as a stand alone novel at all. I do enjoy Linwood Barclay's writing style and look forward to seeing how this trilogy wraps up.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

The Trilogy

Book #1 - Broken Promise - My Review
Book #2 - Far From True
Book #3 - The Twenty-Three - Look for my review to be posted soon!
About the Author
Photo credit: Bill Taylor

Linwood Barclay is a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author whose critically acclaimed novels have been optioned for film and TV.


Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Audiobook Review - Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews @ilona_andrews #katedaniels

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Narrated by Renee Raudman
Series: Kate Daniels #4
Tantor Audio
Publication Date:  May 25, 2010
Date Read: October 18, 2016 (2nd read)
Length:  13 hours 7 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle - especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community. When she's called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar on the border between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers that there's a new player in town. One who's been around for thousands of years - and who rode to war at the side of Kate's father. This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curren, the Beast Lord, to handle. Because this time Kate will be taking on family.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17792919-magic-bites

My Review

I am so in love with this book and the series as a whole.  I didn't think that it would be possible to love this book any more than I did the first time that I read it but it seems that I was wrong.  I liked it even more this time.  I know where the series is headed so looking back at earlier books and remembering the events that laid the groundwork for later books is just so entertaining.

I love Kate.  She is a strong, kick-ass character that cares deeply about others and tries to do what is right.  She doesn't always put herself first and is willing to sacrifice in order to help others.  She takes on a lot of responsibility even for things that many would walk away from without any guilt.  In this book, we get to see her admit to herself that she wants things for herself.  When those things are at risk, she will fight as hard as she can to keep them.

As much as I love Kate, I might like Curran even a little more.  My husband knows when I am reading one of these books because I have been known to look at him and ask him why he can't change into a lion.  I don't think that he is impressed by these kinds of questions.  So the fact that Curran is a lion AND the beast lord is just plain cool but there is so much more that I love about Curran.  He knows what he wants and is willing to be patient in order to get it.  He is fierce needed but he always brings a sense of quiet strength anytime he is part of a scene.  And he loves Kate.

The story is exciting in this book.  It was really pretty cool to go back and read this book again after reading the newest book in the series, Magic Binds.  I really wanted to go back and see a certain character the first time they were featured in the series.  This book is really a turning point in the series.  There are a lot of things that change in this book.  Really most of the big things in Kate's life change in this book.  Kate and Curran finally become a couple.  She makes an important decision regarding her work.  Even her living situation changes.

I loved the narration.  It is so odd to me that I didn't like the narrator for this series when I listened to the first two books because now I think she is perfect for the series.  I think that Renee Raudman's narration added to the enjoyment of this book for me during this re-read.  She handles a lot of characters really well and uses a wide range of voices during the story.  The emotions of the characters really shine through in the narration.  I actually listened to this audiobook for hours at a time and loved every moment of it.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone.  This is a series that really needs to be read in order since each book builds on the previous books.  This is a series that I will re-read many times because it is really just that good.  The writing team of Ilona Andrews have created such an amazing cast of characters in a unique world and I can't wait to continue with my re-read.

The Series

Book #8.5 - Magic Stars
Book #9 - Magic Binds 
Click the links above to read my other review of this series!
 
About the Author

Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.


Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
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