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Ride the Storm – Karen Chance

Ride the StormTitle: Ride the Storm
 
Author: Karen Chance
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Cassie Palmer #8
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.34/5
 
 
Synopsis: Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.

But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.

Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

 
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What I thought about the book:
Wow!! I said finally so many times reading this book!!!
Amazing, it was everything I wanted and so much more and of course now I’m dying for the next one.

My only complaint is that the action scenes sometimes slow down the story and I ended up skimming them a bit after a while. Chance writes great action scenes but I’ve noticed with the last 2/3 books they’re getting more frequent and it kinda stalls the story. Cassie does often make important discoveries during them but there’s more than one way to do that.

***Some Spoilers Ahead***
Some great things about this book:
  • Cassie finally starts taking charge of situations
  • We get so many questions answered
  • Pritkin!!! So much amazing Pritkin stuff
  • We find out what Mircea is really about
  • A certain someone finally makes an appearance

There’s a lot of really interesting character development in this one, especially with Rosier and Roger. Fatherly love seems to be a bit of a theme here with three Dads influencing Cassie in major ways.

And Mircea! I always really liked Mircea (but loved Pritkin) but after this, I’m not sure how I feel. Especially after the last few sentences of the conclusion.

Book Depository Link

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My Rating:
 5 paws
Ride the Storm
I got this as an ARC from NetGalley.
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Happy Beltane

It’s the first day of summer woohoo!!! The sun is even shining today if you can believe it after the miserable weather we’ve had all bank holiday weekend. It’s even a whopping 12°c!

Beltane is an ancient Celtic festival celebrating purification and transition with FIRE!!! Bonfires are lit, May bushes decorated, and feasts attended by some anyway. Personally, I don’t celebrate it, though I LOVED May bushes when I was little and I think I’ll start celebrating it because fire and ribbons are a great combination.

I think nowadays the day is more often celebrated by Wiccans in a way similar to the English and German May Pole style.

I was in Bavaria a few years ago for the May Pole celebration. It was a much bigger affair than I expected. There was even a bouncy castle, lads. You know it’s serious then.


Since it’s a witchy day I decided to share a witchy book.

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The Occult, Witchcraft, and Magic: An Illustrated History by Christopher Dell

The curious history of magic and the powers of the occult, witchcraft, ritual, and the imagination, from their earliest appearances to modern times

From the days of the earliest Paleolithic cave rituals, magic has gripped the imagination. Magic and magicians appear in early Babylonian texts, the Bible, Judaism, and Islam. Secret words, spells, and incantations lie at the heart of nearly every mythological tradition. But for every genuine magus there is an impostor.

During the Middle Ages, religion, science, and magic were difficult to set apart. The Middle Ages also saw the pursuit of alchemy―the magical transformation of base materials―which led to a fascination with the occult, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism.

The turn of the twentieth century witnessed a return to earlier magical traditions, and today, magic means many things: contemporary Wicca is practiced widely as a modern pagan religion in Europe and the US; “magic” also stretches to include the nonspiritual, rapid-fire sleight of hand performed by slick stage magicians who fill vast arenas.

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic is packed with authoritative text and a huge and inspired selection of images, some chosen from unusual sources, including some of the best-known representations of magic and the occult from around the world spanning ancient to modern times.

400+ illustrations, 300+ in color – amazon.com


Take a peek at some of the illustrations in this super snazzy video I made.

It’s a very interesting book, though, I haven’t read the full thing yet. I usually pick it up and read whatever section interests me at that moment.

My favourite section so far is the one on Enlightenment Magic, when the world is in that tenuous stage between magic and science.

It’s great for looking up themes and historical figures from paranormal novels I’ve read as well.

Get the book on Book Depository

Macbeth – William Shakespeare

2740797Title: Macbeth
 
Author: William Shakespeare
 
Genre: Play /Classic
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.88
 
 
Synopsis: A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself.
 
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What I thought about the book: Well I enjoyed this more than I expected to. I thought I would be confused by the language but amazingly I understood what was going on. That might be because I listened to a recording of the play while reading but the point is I understood and enjoyed. Great story.
 
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My Rating:
4 paws

Embrace the Night – Karen Chance

1233478Title: Embrace the Night
 
Author: Karen Chance
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Cassie Palmer #3
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.9/5
 
 
Synopsis:
Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire—the sizzling-hot Mircea—are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own…

The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex’s location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found—the past.

But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain some seriously dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world…

 
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What I thought about the book:
I am a total fangirl for this series. I don’t care what anyone says about it. You could walk up to me and tell me you think this series is a steaming piece of hairy poop and I would not care. I love it that much!
I’m rereading the series at the moment in anticipation of Ride the Storm’s release in August. And it was just as awesome the second time around! I’m picking up on little hints to future events much better this time.
What I love about this series is how fast paced it is. There is never a dull moment for Cassie. Non-stop action and adventure.
 
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My Rating:
5 paws

Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night – Kresley Cole

435045Title: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
 
Author: Kresley Cole
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Series: Immortals After Dark #4
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.38/5
 
 
Why I read this: I love Kresley Cole!!!
 
Synopsis:

This seductive paranormal series continues with a brutal Highland werewolf and an exquisite young witch, adversaries with a blood vendetta between them.

Her breathless kiss haunts him…

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

His slow, hot touch is irresistible…

Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

No deed is too wicked for her seduction…

If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?

 
What I thought about the book:
Oh my gosh, I loved this!!! Favourite book in the series so far (I think I said that about No Rest for the Wicked as well…) Mari and Bowen are just amazing, the subplots are amazing, the whole thing is just amazing!
I think I might drop everything and just read all of Kresley Cole’s books (reading the Captain of All Pleasures now). To hell with laundry, I have immortals and captains to visit!
 
Favourite Character: Mari
 
My Rating:
5 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 4

Wicked Ride Review

23403599Title: Wicked Ride
 
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Series: Realm Enforcers #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.14/5
 
Why I read this: I had to read a book with a connection to Ireland for a reading game on Goodreads
 

Synopsis: Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

 

What I thought about the book:I can’t make up my mind on this one. I enjoyed it. The story was really good but I wasn’t into the relationship between Kell and Lex. Lex annoyed the crap out of me. She was overly stubborn and repeated the fact that she’s a cop to every character and herself constantly.

The lore of the world is interesting. The witches seem to be like werewolves but they don’t shift. They got the whole long life and mating thing going on.

There’s a few instance where they try to explain the magic via science. I hate when they do this in fantasy books. You don’t need to explain it, it’s magic! But that’s just a pet peeve of mine.

I found the first 140+ pages boring, the pacing was slow and action minimal. It picks from half way point, though, and is worth finishing.

It was good, not great, I’ll probably read the next one but I’m not in a hurry to read it.

 
Favourite Character: Simone. Very strong character, I’d love to read a book centred around her.
 
 
My Rating:
3 paws
 
Smutometer: 
Smut 3