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DNF: Wolf Slayer by Patricia La Barbera

Wolf Slayer (The Tala Chronicles, #3)

Wolf Slayer: The Tala Chronicles #3
written by Patricia La Barbera
published by World Castle Publishing

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Where I stopped reading: location 133 of 2448 on my Kindle app

Why I stopped reading: Maybe things would have gone better if I’d have read the first two books in the series. I typically binge-read series books so I get annoyed at the little “here’s what you may have forgotten” stuff in the beginning, but I wish La Barbera had included more of it. Add to that a lot of choppy writing and light-on-grammar sentences like this, and I called it quits:

“Tala found one she liked decorated with a raven and flowers and bought the rug.”



What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, this book has 2 4-star ratings. There was one 4-star review on Amazon. There were no reviews listed at Barnes & Noble. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

About the book – from Goodreads: Matt’s life depends on Tala’s decision. Should she stay with Jeremiah and his pack or go with Michael, the Wolf Slayer? Jeremiah claims his access to other werewolves will give her a better chance of finding a way to break Matt’s curse. But Michael says werewolves are banned from the places she’s most likely to find a cure. He tries to convince her to become a Slayer so she can travel with him. Will she remain under the protection of Jeremiah’s pack, or will she conquer her fear of the unknown and set out with Michael?




Blog Tour: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson (Chrissy’s review, excerpt, giveaway)

Rough Around the Edges

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Rough Around the EdgesRough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2)
written by Rachael Anderson
published by HEA Publishing

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Sure! It was a HEA that left me with a smile. A great, fast read for the holidays.

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined picks up some time after Prejudice Meets Pride ends. (You can find my review of Prejudice Meets Pride here.) I enjoyed Noah and Cassie’s story. Noah is a fantastic father who is trying his best. Cassie is trying hard to get past her past. The beginning had me wondering and was a great way to start this book. I loved Noah’s wit and his easy way. He knew how to chip away at Cassie’s walls. I enjoyed watching them grow and change.


Would I recommend it: Yes. And you don’t have to read Prejudice Meets Pride first; you can just jump right in!

About the book: 
For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he’s finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor’s matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn’t have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls’ beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It’s about learning that people aren’t always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.


Carpet samples were way too small. How was Cassie supposed to know what an entire room would look like from a small little swatch? There were too many choices. Nylon or polyester? Plush, frieze, textured, or cut? Not to mention all the color options. And then there was the tile for the bathroom and the complicated dance flooring, with its subfloor and all of its choices.

She felt a headache coming on.

“How will I ever make up my mind?” Cassie whispered to Noah.

“It’s called trusting your instincts.”

“Instincts? I’m supposed to have an instinct about carpet samples?”

“Doesn’t everyone?” Noah grinned. “Isn’t one calling out to you? Telling you that it’s the one you’ll be able to coexist with for the next ten to fifteen years?”

Ten to fifteen years? Noah wasn’t helping at all. Cassie frowned at the samples, willing one to shake or glow or whatever carpet samples did to call out to a person.

“Which one would you choose?” she finally said.

“Uh-uh. This is your house, your carpet, your choice. I’m just here as a friend, remember?”

A friend who was sitting way too close for comfort, Cassie thought as the touch of his shoulder sent a bunch of tingles down her arm. “Friends are allowed to give opinions.”

“No. Only dates are allowed to do that,” said Noah. “If you really want my opinion, you know what you have to do.”

Despite her distress about all the decisions facing her, Cassie couldn’t help but smile. “Okay, fine. It’s a date. Now if you were me, what would you choose?”

Noah blinked as he shook his head. “Wow, that was easy. I should have gone for more. Like a kiss or boyfriend status or—”

She nudged him. “Stop it. I need you to help me, not tease me.”

“I wasn’t teasing,” he murmured, pulling the samples toward him.



RachaelAbout the author: USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Throwback Review: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Here is another favorite Christmas book. I love this book! I’ve read it at least 11 or 12 times! And I laugh every time!

skipping christmasSkipping Christmas
written by John Grisham
published by Double Day

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Did I enjoy this book: I always do. I looked at my copy and I first read it in 2001. I know I have read it almost every year since then.

The Kranks are your typical family who tends to go a bit over-the-top at Christmas. When Luther, the accountant, goes over the numbers, he realizes that with the money they spend on Christmas they could go on a cruise and still have money left over. So begins the Kranks attempt at skipping Christmas. It is a great idea, in theory.

Skipping Christmas is such a fun read. It is light, funny, quick, and always gives me a good laugh. I think at one point or another everyone thinks about skipping Christmas. After reading this book, you won’t want to. It just isn’t worth it. But this book will make you laugh out loud.


Would I recommend it: Absolutely!


About the book – from Goodreads: Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences – and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.



Boost It Tuesday! — December 16, 2014


Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance, Candace’s Book Blog, and Gin’s Book Notes for Boost It Tuesday.


What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.


As an added bonus, Candace, Ginny, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!


For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Gin’s Book Notes Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!


Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!

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Melissa’s Review: The Circuit by Rhett C. Bruno


The Circuit: Executor Rising
written by Rhett C. Bruno
published by Mundania Press

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
It was ok. I’m not usually a fan of books that rely heavily on long descriptions and plot — I prefer more in-depth characterization. I enjoyed the book (it’s actually not a half-bad idea); it just wasn’t my favorite style of writing.



“Come, my creations.” Cassius whirled around and made his way toward the lift. “There isn’t much time.”


Would I recommend it: If you’re interested in more detail and less action in your sci fi, go for it.


About the book – from Goodreads: 
It has been centuries since Earth was rendered a barren, volatile wasteland. With their homeworld left uninhabitable, humanity founded a system of colonies throughout their local solar system. Known as the Kepler Circuit, these settlements are strung together by a network of nonaligned Solar-Ark transports, locked in continuous motion. They have served to provide an influx of resources to every faction ruling over the remnants of humankind, most importantly the newly discovered element Gravitum which is found only in the Earth’s unstable mantle.

By 500 K.C. a religious sect known as the New Earth Tribunal has risen to preside over most of The Circuit. Though there is barely a faction left remaining to challenge them, a string of attacks on their transports force them to summon the enigmatic, yet brilliant, Cassius Vale for help. What they don’t know is that together with his intelligent android creation, ADIM, he is the one orchestrating the raids.

His actions lead to the involvement of Sage Volus, a beautiful Tribunal Executor sent by her masters to spy on their mortal enemies – the Ceresian Pact. In order to find out who is behind the attacks, she infiltrates the ranks of a roguish mercenary named Talon Rayne. Against all her intentions, however, she finds her faith tested by him and his ragtag squad.

While Sage and Talon are engaged in a futile hunt, Cassius Vale initiates his strategy to bring down the narrow-minded Tribune once and for all. But will anyone be able to survive what he has in store for the Circuit?



Throwback Review: The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

This is one of my favorite Christmas books. I try to read it every Christmas. This review originally appeared on EFC on December 3, 2011.

The Christmas Train
written by David Baldacci
published by Grand Central Publishing

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Did I enjoy this book: I did. I always do. It is definitely a book that I read every free chance I get. This book has love, adventure, criminal activity, near tragedy, and it takes place at Christmas time. What more can you ask for?

The snake incident towards the end of the first half of the book always gives me a big chuckle.

The author has a good way of depicting his characters in this book. Not everyone is who they appear to be. That adds so much to this story that seems like it should be simple. Tom meets some interesting characters: Agnes Joe, a rather large woman who is one of my favorite characters especially when she elbows Tom right onto his back; Regina, a sweet woman who works for Amtrak on the Capitol Limited; Misty, the eccentric fortune teller; Father Kelly, the retired priest; Gordon Merryweather, the loud obnoxious attorney; Herrick Higgins, the laid off Amtrak train engineer; Roxanne, a loud and wonderful train worker on the Southwest Chief who is also one of my favorites. This is just a few of the many characters that formulate this story.

The only downside of this book is long descriptions about the train engines, the history of Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), and the detailed weather information for they are sometimes too long and not needed. These tend to make the book drag on those parts. But once you get past those, all is good. (They are short passages, but drag nonetheless.)

The revelation at the end is my absolute favorite. I never see it coming. Even though I have read this book every year, it still gets me by surprise and gives me the biggest smile.


Would I recommend it: Yes, absolutely.



About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Tom Langdon is a seasoned war correspondent who is now writing non-war related pieces. After an unfortunate experience with airport security, he is relegated to non-air travel for two years within the continental US. FUN! So, he decides to take a train ride across the country to visit his girlfriend for Christmas. And on this ride, he is going to write a story. Shocking, considering he is a writer.

The first leg of the trip, on the Capitol Limited, takes Tom Langdon from Washington, D.C. to Chicago. It starts as a fairly uneventful trip until he realizes that his ex-girlfriend..the one that go away…is on board the same train. Not only that, but her “boss”, the legendary film director Max Powers, forces the two ex-lovers to join forces in writing Tom’s story and Eleanor’s movie script about a train ride across the country. Of course, Eleanor is none too happy to see Tom. And Tom realizes the mistake he made letting Ellie out of his life.

During this first leg, Tom learns a lot about people and train travel. But while the train is a place where most people lose their inhibitions to an extent, it seems that it is also an ideal place for crime. A theft epidemic occurs and just about everyone on board is hit. Tom is also coaxed into being the best man for Steve who is planning on marrying his fiance, Julie, on the Southwest Chief. Steve’s parents do not approve of the marriage and at one point, when Steve is ready to call it off, Tom lays in to him with a speech that he could have said to himself when he let Eleanor get away.

The second leg of the trip, on the Southwest Chief, will take Tom from Chicago to Los Angeles. This leg is much, much more eventful. The thief also boards this train and more thefts occur. Eleanor, Max, Agnes, Misty, Father Kelly, and Kristobal are also on the Southwest Chief. Tom and his travel companions meet Roxanne, a member of the Southwest Chief crew. She is loud, a fantastic singer, and a great leader.

During this trip, a vicious snow storm is brewing and will hit the Southwest Chief’s path. Herrick Higgins is on board the Chief and he knows that the weather is not good and there will be trouble. The young couple, Steve and Julie, get married. Tom is the best man and Eleanor is the maid of honor. The wedding goes off without a hitch and it is a rocking good time thanks to Max and Roxanne.

While on the Raton Pass, the avalanche hits. Will they survive? Will the train plummet down the mountain side? What will happen to Tom and Eleanor?

I’m not going to spoil it for you. Read it…you will like it.


Blog Tour: Minstrel’s Serenade by Aubrie Dionne (Melissa’s review, giveaway)

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Minstrel's Serenade
Minstrel’s Serenade
written by Aubrie Dionne
published by Lyrical Press

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Every time I tell myself I don’t really like reading love stories I come across a book like this. I’m not saying it wasn’t cheesy — it’d be hard not to be with names like Troubadir, Rubystone, and Darkenbite flying around — but let’s just say it was my favorite flavor of cheese. Yeah, the characters said “tis” more often than I would have liked, but let’s face it: I didn’t chose this book hoping for some mind-altering literature. I’m actually kind of impressed that Dionne got me to take a character seriously whose main battle skill is, um, singing. So yeah. I might hide it under my bed, but I’m definitely keeping this book around.


Would I recommend it: If you’re interested in a cheesy-but-satisfying love story, go for it.

About the book – from Goodreads: 
He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?

Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.

As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.


Aubrie DionneAbout the author: Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

Find Ms. Dionne here: web, blog, Twitter, Goodreads



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Gina’s Review: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

This Is Where I Leave YouThis is Where I Leave You
written by Jonathan Tropper
published by Orion

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Did I enjoy this book: I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It seemed just when I was about to throw it across the room in disgust, something mushy and emotional grabbed me and pulled me back into the literary mess that is This is Where I Leave You. The main character who was supposed to be a grown man was written more like a teenage boy. He distracted me from the deep heartfelt dilemmas that were going on in the novel, so instead of getting wrapped up in emotion, I was wrapped up in immature writing. Tropper’s descriptions of characters, especially women, were just too much. Some details are better left for the readers’ imagination.

This is one of those rare cases where I hope the film is better than the book . . . that is if I even want to bother.


Golden Line

“Childhood feels so permanent, like it’s the entire world, and then one day it’s over and you’re shoveling wet dirt onto your father’s coffin, stunned at the impermanence of everything.”




Would I recommend it: Probably not.


About the book – from Goodreads: The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not



Blog Tour: Faery Marked by Mary Waibel (Melissa’s review, guest post, interview)

Faery Marked (The Faery Series Book One)

Faery Marked (The Faery Series Book One)
written by Mary Waibel
published by Bookfish Books LLC

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I loved it. I spent an entire Saturday morning (and a bit of the afternoon) neglecting my family for this book. I didn’t make breakfast (I assume my son helped himself to a block of cheese or a half dozen dinner rolls or something). I didn’t make anyone (including myself) get dressed, and I didn’t even do last night’s dinner dishes. (Um, no. I didn’t do them last night either. Don’t judge.)

Mary Waibel’s written a winner. Her characters are fun, her writing is compelling, and her creativity will keep you from putting this book down once you’ve started it.  I can’t wait to see what happens next!


“Ryan, what have you done?


Would I recommend it: Absolutely.

About the book – from Goodreads: 
When Callie Rycroft wakes to find purple flames flickering on the ceiling, she believes she’s still dreaming. But soon she’s forced to accept that she has magic―a special magic that grants her entrance into the Faery Realm.

For centuries humans have been banned from Faery, but dangerous times call for dangerous measures. Declared Champion by the Faery Queen, Callie is assigned a Guardian, and tasked with finding the Cordial―a magical elixir needed to keep the portal to the Faery realm a secret from humans.

The upside? Reece Michaels, the boy she’s been crushing on for years, is her Guardian. Callie hopes that, by spending time with Reece, he’ll start to see her as more than just his best friend’s sister.

The downside? She’s in a race not only against time, but against another Champion, and a rogue Guardian―a Guardian who stands to threaten her developing relationship with Reece.

Magic, mistaken identities, and hidden agendas are the least of Callie’s worries when she learns that the Cordial requires a sacrifice. Will Callie be willing to risk everything―even Reece―to complete her task as Champion? Or will she let the portal open, and doom both realms?


Being Authentic

by Mary Waibel

Thank you Chrissy and Melissa for allowing me to stop by here on my Faery Marked blog tour.

While I was trying to figure out what I wanted to blog about for this post, I took a look through some of of the previous guest posts, and suddenly the answer just popped right into my head. How did I come up with my curse words for Callie?

I’m not a ‘never use swearing in your stories’ type. Just like with all words, if it fits, then it should be used. Still, I wanted to avoid cursing as much as possible, so, I invented some curses to use. Like ‘frick-a-frack-frell’. Yeah, not really teenager-ish, is it? While it would work in my other series, it just wasn’t going to cut it in this one. And you guessed it, my editor called me on it. She wanted me to make it authentic.

So, I went right to the source, my 13 year old son. Can’t get more authentic than that, right? I knew he’d have phrases for me, and he delivered a new favorite of mine. So, in addition to the ‘PITA’ (pain in the… for those unfamiliar with the term) and the ‘craptastic’ I had penned, he gave me the phrase: ‘pansy assed’. I loved it. And so did my editor.


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Because it has a sexy Guardian, a smart Champion, faeries and other mythic creatures, and a love story mixed in with a mystical quest. Whew. That was a lot to pack into a sentence!

Why did you did you decide to write Faery Marked? I love reading Jennifer Armentrout’s books, and wanted to give first person POV writing a try after reading her. I’d been playing around with a ‘coming into her powers’ sorceress idea, and somehow that morphed into into Faery Marked.

You said that Faery Marked is very different from your previous books, how so? My Princess of Valendria series is written in 3rd person point of view (POV), alternating between two main characters, and the stories are twists on fairy tales (or other stories).  Faery Marked is in first person POV from one character.

What made you decide to go in this different direction? Telling the story in 1st person just seemed to fit better than 3rd. And I had a lot of fun working in this new-to-me POV.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? Yes. So, I have two more books planned for the Faery series and at least one more for the Princess of Valendria series. I also have a romantic comedy I am playing with, and an idea for something a little more spooky.

What is your favorite genre to read? I will read just about anything, but I always like to have at least a little romance in what I’m reading. I’m a sucker for a HEA (happy-ever-after).

Who is your favorite author? Oh, this is tough. I’ll pick a couple (in different genres). Nora Roberts. I love her characters and how I always feel like I could meet them in real life. Jennifer Armentrout. She is so good with the feels. I always feel like I’m right there with the character, living the story with them.

In your opinion, what is one book that everyone should read? Mine. Just kidding. Well, okay, maybe not totally kidding. Gosh, this is a tough one. There are so many great books out there to choose from.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a nurse, but when it came time for college, I decided I would be better in the teaching field. So, I got a degree in Elementary Ed, and used it for 5 years before changing course once again.

Tell us three things about yourself that cannot be found on the internet . . . at least not found easily.

Hmmm. I’m not really sure. I actually had to search myself to see just what is out there. So, having done that, I’m going to say:

  • My eye color. Okay, you could probably figure it out from pictures, but that would take some effort.
  • My real hair color. If you find it, let me know, because even I don’t know this anymore 🙂
  • The amount of books on mt y TBR pile. I just looked. If they were physical books, and not ebooks, I’d be buried by now.


mary waibelAbout the author: YA author Mary Waibel’s love for fairytales and happy-ever fill the pages of her works. Whether penning stories in a medieval setting or a modern day school, magic and romance weave their way inside every tale. Strong female characters use both brain and brawn to save the day and win the heart of their men. Mary enjoys connecting with her readers through her website:

Find Ms. Waibel here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads



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Blog Tour: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce (Melissa’s review, giveaway)

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Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga
written by S.M. Boyce
published by S.M. Boyce

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
You know what? I did. I was hungry for some yummy fantasy goodness, and Lichgates hit the spot. Boyce might not win any awards for her writing, but she sure tells a great story. I’m most enamored with her characters’ flaws: it’s refreshing to read about people who don’t always make the right choices, and it adds a necessary drop of realism to an otherwise fantastic tale. I’m excited to read more about Kara and Braeden (especially if there’s going to be more kissing)!


Would I recommend it: Yep. It’s a quick, easily digestible read. Go for it.

About the book – from Goodreads: 
The final page will leave you breathless.

When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she’s safe, her new “friends” show their true colors.

Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea’s monsters. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this stranded girl, there’s something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.



SM Boyce Author PhotoAbout the author: When I graduated with a degree in creative writing, I realized that made me well qualified for serving French fries. It would take years of writing hundreds of thousands of words of all kinds before I became the action and adventure bestselling author that I am today.

I specialize in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with a knack for mischief. All romantic leads are based loosely on my husband, who proved that soul mates are real. I have a deep love for ghosts, magic, and spooky things. If you’ve already finished my books, check out my blog or twitter feed for a dash of adventure.

Find Ms. Boyce here: web, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+



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