Category: Fairies

Once Lost Lords by Stephan Morse

Posted May 12, 2017 by karenbaron in Fairies, Fantasy, Guest Post, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Vampires, Werewolves / 0 Comments

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Once Lost Lords by Stephan MorseOnce Lost Lords by Stephan Morse
Series: Royal Scales #1
Published by Stephan Morse on July 10th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Format: ebook
four-stars

Humanity hasn’t been alone for almost two thousand years. Elves, wolves, vampires, all joined together with mankind to eradicate the ‘darker’ races and maintained a tentative peace until modern times. Society adapted, everyone has rules that help keep the peace in this modern era. Yet, absolute genocide is impossible when talking about creatures beyond the pale. Some hid, some buried, other were re-purposed.
Some, like Jay Fields, pass for human with a little bit extra. His abilities didn’t belong to one of the major races, but any information was buried along with the long dead boogie men. All Jay cared about was those closest to him and a job that let him hit people. He used to be a bouncer at a bar, a part-time enforcer for a loan shark, and even a fight club champion. That was four years ago, before betrayal by someone close sent him packing.
Now he’s back and trying to recover a life he left behind. Questions of origin aren’t his only problems. His ex-girlfriend is a vampire. His part-time boss doesn’t think he’s up to snuff anymore. There’s a missing elf who might have some answers, and Jay’s best friend is caught up in something dangerous…

The story begins with the return of Jay Fields, although he uses other names to make finding him harder. Jay has been traveling around for the last 4 years and lots of things at home have changed and some have stayed the same.

Jay likes to hit people, he is like an enforcer. Basically, he does what he knows best to make a living. Jay is also a collector and he is pretty possessive when it comes to his treasures, really all things that he considers his. Jay is human with a few added abilities, due to a vampire bite when he was young or is he? Jay uses his ability to track down people who owe his boss Julianne money, he gets the money, something of value or he may teach them a lesson. Jay also rents an apartment from Julianne and works as a bouncer at her bar.

Throughout the book, we learn more and more about Jay’s actual origin. However, Jay can’t remember and the clues lead him to things that don’t make sense and yet seem familiar. Jay is tough and can hold his own against vampires, wolves, fairies and humans. We meet the people of his life. They are a strange group of individuals. There are lots of secrets that seem like only Jay doesn’t know.

Jay’s ex-girlfriend is Kahina, she is a vampire who hasn’t finished the transformation yet. She loves purple and apparently still loves Jay. She seems kind of pushy, yet she is there when he needs her.

Then there is Julianne, she is my favorite. She is tiny and still human. She runs the bar with no nonsense and a smart mouth. Julianne comes from the wolf pack, she just hasn’t transformed into a wolf. Her grandfather is the head of the pack and tolerates her bar and bookie business. Julianne cares about Jay, more than he realizes. She protects him and calls an intervention to help him. I love the way she and her brother banter back and forth. Julianne is one tough cookie.

What I like about the story is the way the author portrays the characters. There are the four main races who eradicated all the other races for peace and yet there are still the prejudice and fight for power, the secrets about the races eradicated and lost history. It proves that no matter what race you are, it’s what is inside you and how you treat your friends and family that matter.

My rating for this book is 4 stars. If you like to read fantasy, with a modern urban flair, I recommend this book, Once Lost Lords by Stephan Morse. This is the first book in what looks to be an exciting series, The Royal Scales. The second book in the series is also available so you won’t have to wait to continue with the story, Lady’s First Knight.

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About Stephan Morse

Stephan Morse was born the year 1983 in San Diego. The next fifteen years were spent slowly escaping California and surviving a public education system. Thus far he’s made it to the Seattle (WA) region with little desire to go farther. When not trying to shove words together into sentences Stephan spends time reading, catching up on sleep, and otherwise living a mundane life.


Shadowhunters 1.13

Posted July 13, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Shape Shifters, Supernatural, Teen, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters Part 13Shadowhunters 1.13

Episode: Morning Star

Plot Summary

Jace makes the search for Valentine his main priority as he continues to reel from recent events; Clary and Simon’s efforts to unlock Jocelyn’s coma may impact the Downworlder peace treaty and Simon’s relationship with Raphael.

My take on this episode:          We start off this episode with a little bit of what happened in the last few episodes. Then we start the episode with them in their clothes from Lydia and Alec’s wedding, that never happened.

This episode was really good and is now one of my best/hated episode. Best because it was soo good and hated because it’s the last one until next year for season two. This whole episode is us seeing Jace battling against himself about being the son that Valentine raised and the one that was part of the Lightwoods family, who loves Clary.

While Clary and Simon go off with Isabelle and Alec’s help with finding the Book of White to wake up Jocelyn. Everything happened pretty fast in this episode but it was really good and I can’t wait for next season. Some nagging questions are answered but these are replaced with new questions. Hopefully, the answers to the new questions will be answered next season.

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Catastrophe

Posted July 12, 2016 by karenbaron in Angels, Demons, Dragon Shifters, Elves, Fairies, Fantasy, Jinn, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal People, Review, Sekhmet, Series, Supernatural, Vampires, Witches / 0 Comments

CatastropheCatastrophe by Liz Schulte
Series: Sekhmet #1
Published by Smashwords Edition on December 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Kindle
five-stars

I have learned a few things in my life. If you can’t wear clean underwear, don’t wear any at all. Never trust a vampire. Secret ruling councils should generally be avoided. Finally, and this is the most important, very few people are ever what they seem.However, it wasn’t always easy to live by these rules. Like, when said secret ruling council demanded my appearance and then did the worst thing they could possible do and inflamed my curiosity. Asking me to go to New Orleans to investigate a series of werewolf attacks, I couldn’t possibly say no to that.The first problem was werewolves had been eliminated from the Abyss so it was impossible that they were killing anyone. The second fiasco was that more vampires were in this city than ever before, including the one who was intent on ruining my life. And the third complication was I couldn’t tell anyone else about my mission or I would forfeit my freedom to the council.Some missions are easy. Others are a Catastrophe.

My Thoughts:         Curiosity may not kill the cat but…

First I must say that even though this is the first part of the Sekhmet Series, it is a spin off from the world of Liz Schulte. I like that Ms. Schulte doesn’t rehash the previous books and disrupt the story of this one. I have read her other books and thoroughly enjoy the world that she has created.

Femi is a wonderful character, she has depth, backbone, insecurities and attitude issues. She likes to know the “why” of each bounty not just how it is done. Femi does have a serious commitment issues. I am not sure if it is just a Sekhmet thing or just that she is afraid to lose someone she cares deeply for or she just hasn’t found that special person. Everyone has their own inner demons and reasons for being who they are. Femi is a warrior with tons of emotion and she cares way more than a Sekhmet should. Sekhmet are neutral in nature, but Femi has a hard time not helping the underdog/little guy.

Femi is extremely curious about the Abyss council. When they assign her a bounty in New Orleans, (ok they actually gloated her into taking the job). You know the ole’ greater good angle, either way Femi won’t back down and she can’t have unanswered questions if at all possible. Whenever the greater good plays in there is always a catastrophe on the horizon.

As for the Liz Schulte’s world of the Abyss, I love it. You have the humans who don’t see the other creatures walking among them, and you have the Abyss creatures. The Abyss creatures are wonderful and as with humans some are good, some are bad, and some are a little of both.

I think I truly like the mysteries that Ms. Schulte uses in each story, she keeps me guessing and manages to toss in that little bit to make me question if the one I picked is the bad guy (or should I say main bad guy). You really never know how many angles are being played until the story plays out. However, I like the way she wraps it up, with a kind of happy ending.

She also has that little bit of romance that keeps you coming back. As for Femi and Sy, I like the flirting and the way they protect each other, but I hope that there is a person that is truly for Femi. Someone who will compliment her and become the partner that she truly needs. If Sy is this person than that is great if not, I can’t wait to see who or what Ms. Schulte can imagine.

So, if you haven’t already read Liz Schulte’s Easy Bake Coven series, The Guardian Trilogy, or The Jinn Trilogy, you might want to look into these. She also has a few short stories that go with her world of the Abyss. My rating is 5 stars.

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The Shifter Romances the Writer

Posted June 18, 2016 by karenbaron in Fairies, Gargoyles, Ghosts, Nymphs, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Rooks, Series, Shape Shifters, Supernatural, Valkyrie, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches / 0 Comments

The Shifter Romances the WriterThe Shifter Romances The Writer by Kristen Painter
Series: Nocturne Falls #6
on May 24th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 364
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.
Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.
For romance writer Roxy St. James, living in Nocturne Falls also means a fresh start. And as soon as her unbearable ex signs the divorce papers, that new beginning will be a reality. Unfortunately, her ex doesn’t seem ready to let her go and the subtle threats he’s been making leave her no choice but to confide in her oh-so-handsome neighbor, who just happens to be a deputy with the sheriff’s department.
But Officer Alex Cruz isn’t just the law. He’s also a panther shifter, a secret he’s sworn to keep (along with the truth about Nocturne Falls) from the very foxy Roxy. Humans aren’t supposed to know the town is filled with supernaturals. Then she starts seeing things she shouldn’t and thinks she’s losing her mind. His attraction—and concern—for her wars with the promise he’s made.
Will his truth be more than she can handle? Or will it cause her to write him out of her life?

My Thoughts: Holy Black Panthers!

We heard of Roxy St. James as she went to school with Delaney Ellingham. Roxy is a romance writer of the paranormal nature. She is hoping for a fresh start in Nocturne Falls, leaving behind all of the bad (her ex), only bringing the good with her (her corvette, writing and the essentials). She buys a beautiful home next door to one of the sheriff deputies, Alex Cruz. We have also met Alex quite a few times in the past books.

The two of them don’t start out on the best of terms but their attraction quickly turns that around. Alex is always the gentleman and Roxy is sweet, funny and learning to like herself again.

We get to see what the other residents of Nocturne Falls are up to. Delaney’s pregnancy is going forward.  Ivy Merrow is pregnant now, Shanna has hooked up with Alex’s brother Diego, and they moved in together. We also heard from the Valkyrie sisters, got to check in with Pandora. We also met a few other residents, like Agnes the book shop owner.

Kristin Painter really spins a wonderful story. Honestly, if Nocturne Falls were a real place I would move to Georgia to live there. If you haven’t already read this series check it out, it’s fabulous. I can’t praise it enough. My rating is 5 stars.

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Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and urban fantasy. The former college English teacher can often be found on the social media links below where she loves to interact with readers.


The Vampire’s Valentine Surprise

Posted June 8, 2016 by karenbaron in Fairies, Fantasy, Gargoyles, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rooks, Rural, Series, Shape Shifters, Short Stories, Supernatural, Valkyrie, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches / 0 Comments

The Vampire’s Valentine SurpriseThe Vampire's Valentine Surprise by Kristen Painter
Series: Nocturne Falls #5.5
Published by Bayou Moon Press on February 8, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 44
Format: Kindle
five-stars

*A Nocturne Falls Short Story*

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

When Delaney Ellingham enters the Nocturne Falls Valentine’s Day Bake-Off, she has no idea that an old rival will create such havoc. Her husband, Hugh, and her friends all come to her aid, but even they can’t guess the surprise that lays in store…

My Thoughts:               Sweets and sweetness!

Delaney and Hugh Ellingham are from the first Nocturne Falls book The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride. I loved their story. This chance to take a look into where their romance and relationship is at and is going is wonderful. We see them the other books, but it is nice to see them front and center again. Delaney is such a nice vampire. She likes to take care of everyone. It’s lovely the way that Hugh adores her, is so protective and wants to make sure that he takes care of her.

I can’t tell you much about the book without telling you what the surprise is but if you read the first book, you will most definitely want to read this book. I really hope Kristen Painter follows through with this in the next book in the series. I am really looking forward to it.

My rating is 5 stars. I find this short story is incredible. What a wonderful Valentine’s surprise. I highly recommend this series.

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Shadowhunters Part 12

Posted May 15, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Shape Shifters, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters Part 12Shadowhunters TV Show

Season 1 Episode 12: Malec

First Aired: March 29, 2016

Plot Summary

Relationships are examined as preparations are made for the wedding of Lydia and Alec; Clary, Jace, and Magnus search for a warlock, Ragnor Fell, who may possess an antidote to awaken Jocelyn.

My take on this episode:       It’s getting closer to the day everyone has been waiting for Alec and Lydia’s wedding day. Isabelle has basically taken over getting the wedding planned/decorated and making sure that Alec has his bachelor party and that him and Jace are okay.

Magnus is still not happy that Alec is getting married and was basically avoiding him until his old buddy, Ragnor Fell, told him that he can’t keep his heart locked away forever and he decided to go to the wedding despite Alec and Isabelle’s parents not being happy that he is there. They even told him that he should leave but Magnus didn’t and told them that if Alec wants him to leave then Alec will tell him to go.

Clary is all about trying to wake up her mom and that killed Ragnor on accident. She is also trying to get Jace to talk to her more than when they have missions or see each other in the Institute. She invited Simon to the wedding as her date which doesn’t suit Jace very well despite him trying to stop his feelings for Clary clouding his judgement.

Lydia told Alec to follow his heart and if it isn’t with her then she is okay with that. Malec finally kissed and the Lightwood parents have no clue what to do about this situation. Lydia is getting ready to leave including with the Cup when someone knocks her unconscious.

Luke is worried for Jocelyn and Hodge come to relieve him of looking after her so that Luke could get some rest and spend time with his pack. He then talks to Valentine. That spells trouble for everyone that is in the Institute.

I was a little disappointed with the wedding attire as in the book they wear black to weddings, and although the dress is lovely ad Lydia is beautiful. It wasn’t what I expected. I also didn’t like that tux that was picked out for Alec, he is definitely a full black tux, no tails but all black with a white or red shirt would have been outstanding.

We also have some unanswered questions in this episode too. Like: Has Hodge always been Valentine’s side or is the purely to escape the Clave’s hold on him? And how long has Hodge been a mole for Valentine?

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Shadowhunters Part 11

Posted April 14, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Shape Shifters, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters Part 11Shadowhunters TV Show

Season 1 Episode 11: “Blood Calls to Blood”

First Aired: March 22, 2016

Plot Summary

Information from a surprising ally leads Clary, Jace, and Luke to devise a plan to stop Valentine and rescue Jocelyn; Alec seeks help from Magnus as Inquisitor Herondale arrives for Isabelle’s trial.

My take on this episode:         We start off with this episode with a little bit of previous episodes before we go back to with where we left off with Jace and Clary seeing Michael Wayland in a cage awaiting for someone let it be either them or Valentine to come back to get him. Michael saw that his son was hurt and helped Clary bring Jace back to the werewolf hang out, Jade Wolf, so that Luke could help him. Of course there isn’t much that Luke could do for Jace but Simon suggested for Clary and him to bring him blood so that the fresh blood could get rid of the demonic blood that is in him.

Raphael wasn’t happy with that but Simon got him to do it while getting a premonition that doesn’t allow him to leave the Hotel for the rest of the episode. Back at the Institute though Isabelle and Alec try to think of a way to stop the trail from happening but of course that doesn’t work especially after Alec convinces Lydia that it should happen. Inquisitor Herondale came in just as Alec convinced Lydia and let’s just say that the Inquisitor isn’t happy with Lydia’s choice of person to marry. Isabelle convinces Alec to get Magnus to be her lawyer and he went to convince Magnus. Magnus is only doing it for a price that Alec isn’t happy about.

Meanwhile back in Jade Wolf Jace is all better and resting while Clary and Michael have a talk about the past and how Michael thinks that he knows Clary. Jace is out there with them when Michael tells Jace, Clary, and Luke about Valentine moving to a place that is abandoned and near the Institute. Clary tells Jace to wait there while she and Luke goes to see how bad it is. It is pretty bad as it’s being protected by demons. Of course while they are doing that Michael is training with Jace who is still hurt from the parabati bond being weakened thanks to Alec. Michael isn’t happy with Jace being in love with Clary but gives him the blessing.

Back at the Institute Magnus does a pretty good job as Isabelle’s lawyer and gets Lydia to back down but not before the Inquisitor delivers her ultimatum of Clary brings them the Cup for Isabelle to stay in the Shadow world.

Clary, Jace, and Luke find out that Jace and Clary are siblings as Michael turns into Valentine. Let’s just say that the two of them aren’t happy with that news. They get back to the Institute where the Clave gets the Cup and Jocelyn is safe from Valentine. Luke tells Simon that just because they are downworlders doesn’t mean that they are any different from what they used to be and that Simon still has a chance to win Clary’s heart because of the two of them, Clary and Jace, being siblings.

As I watched this episode I still thought we had some unanswered questions like how in the world did Valentine know that they were coming through the portal from the other dimension to his hideout? And how did Jocelyn or Dot get the portal shard to their world from the alternate dimension?

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Shadowhunters Part 10

Posted March 22, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Shape Shifters, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters Part 10Shadowhunters TV Show

Season 1 Episode 10: “This World Inverted”

First Aired: March 15, 2016

Plot Summary

The search for Valentine leads Clary to an alternate reality where the threat of demons no longer exists; Isabelle and Alec face the repercussions of the Downworlder attack.

My take on this episode:     First, I am so happy that Shadowhunters have been renewed for Season 2.

Okay I am going to try something different with this review. I love this episode so much as Clary goes to in alternate dimension where everything is different and it was an awesome reality. We start this episode off with a little quick past episodes just not a whole lot. Also I am so sorry if this has spoilers in it!!!!

Old Characters: This will be where I talk about the characters that we have seen throughout the episodes so far and talk about how different the characters are in this new dimensions and stuff.

Clary Fairchild/Morgenstern: Clary is wearing the same clothes from the last episode while she is waiting for Meliorn to tell her that she may go through the portal which Clary ends up doing. Once through the portal she ends up in that dimension’s Clary’s body that is wearing a cute black and white striped tank top with jeans and the portal shard necklace carried over because dun dun it belongs in that dimension. Clary throughout the episode has to deal with trying to stay focused on finding the portal that she is looking for because if she doesn’t she will end up staying in that dimension and believing that it’s actual reality. At the party that her father is hosting Clary in Dimension-Clary’s body is wearing a blue dress that is really pretty. Katherine McNamara did a good job in this episode and I really love her portrayal of Clary which is especially fabulous in this episode.

Simon Lewis: Simon is wearing a new shirt and a leather jacket along with jeans and shoes. He is the go-to man for the vampires and werewolves because of his close personal relationship with Luke. Of course the other werewolves aren’t happy about that and don’t trust Simon. Simon and Luke go for a walk when the internal affairs investigator finds them. He was able to help Luke by getting the internal affairs investigator off Luke back. The Simon, in the alternate dimension that Clary ends up going to, is wearing clothes that Simon usually wore before he turned into a vampire and was still Clary’s best friend in this dimension as well. Dimension-Simon is okay with Jace and Clary especially since I’m thinking in this episode Clary, Simon, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle were all best friends with each other. Or at least that is what it seems like as they were all hanging out at a coffee truck. Alberto did a good job playing the two different Simons. Alberto Rosende is an awesome Simon Lewis and I am so glad he was chosen for the part.

Jace Wayland: Jace just like Clary is wearing the same thing that he was wearing in the last episode. For much of the episode he was outside of the portal protecting it until Clary needs him. Dimension-Jace was wearing jeans and a shirt that the other Jace would never wear. Dimension-Jace also owns a coffee truck that the Dimension-Simon, Dimension-Isabelle, and Dimension-Alec liked to hang out at. Dimension-Jace really loves Clary and was hurt when he saw Clary sneaking off with Dimension-Magnus toward the basement of the Institute at the party that Valentine, Alec, and Isabelle were throwing. Of course Dimension-Jace gets attacked by a demon that the other Jace was fighting with as they ends up in their alternate world. Dimension-Jace turns into regular Jace who ends up fighting the demon but gets hurt in the process. Then they go through the portal and he ends up seeing his father which scares him a little bit. Dominic’s portrayal of both sides of Jace in this episode was phenominal. Dominic Sherwood is an awesome Jace and I totally see him as Jace more so than ever.

Valentine Morgenstern: We only really see one Valentine in this episode. Dimension-Valentine is a great husband to Jocelyn and a great father to Clary. This Valentine is probably one that Jocelyn would have probably loved a great lot and Valentine owns the Institute sort of. He created a software though that creates 4D things that was going throughout the party. Val seems to be very happy with what he was doing and so did Jocelyn. Val was wearing a long sleeved shirt and dress jeans when we first see him when Clary got into Dimension-Clary’s body. Then at the party that he was hosting he was wearing a dress shirt, jeans, and jacket. He also, at times, during the party he was wearing a ‘Mad Hatter’ hat. Alan was awesome as the good Valentine in this episode. I enjoyed seeing the good Valentine for a little bit. Alan Van Sprang is an awesome Valentine, wheter playing the good or bad Valentine.

Jocelyn Fairchild/Morgenstern: Just like with Valentine we only see one of her and that is Dimension-Jocelyn. Dimension-Jocelyn loves Valentine with all of her heart. Since Valentine owns his software company, she is able to just paint. Much like book version of Jocelyn, she is able to just be a good mom. When we first see Jocelyn she is wearing a half-sleeved shirt, that looks similar to Valentine’s, and jeans. Then at the party she is wearing a blue dress. Maxim Roy was an awesome Jocelyn in this episode. I enjoyed seeing the happy side.

Luke Garroway: We only see Luke a few times in this episode. When he was with the other werewolves and talking to them before Simon came in. The two walked out of the restaurant and was talking/walking around with Simon when the internal affairs investigator came to stop them. Luke was able to talk Simon into being the guy that the cops are hunting for. Luke was able to make it realistic to the other cop so that he can get his job back. The Dimension-Luke was only seen for a minute probably because he was talking on a commercial for Magnus Bane. Dimension-Luke is basically book Luke, for anyone that has read the books, by owning a book store and wearing glasses instead of being a cop. Luke is an another awesome character and Isaiah Mustafa is an awesome Luke even if Isaiah isn’t what I pictured in my head for Luke.

Alec Lightwood: Alec is still basically being a dick throughout the episode because that is kind of how Alec usually is. Alec still hates Jace though. Especially for what he ended up doing to Isabelle. Alec is still wearing all black like he usually does throughout the episodes. Dimension-Alec though has embraced his true side and isn’t engaged to anyone. He is wearing a light blue polo shirt and jeans. Dimension-Alec is quite happy about his party that he has spent a lot of time decorating the Institute for. Dimension-Alec is also quite happy when he sees Dimension-Magnus and ends up saying the same thing that Magnus did when they first saw each other about liking a challenge. Dimension-Alec wears at the party a dark blue shirt. Alec is a great character especially when Alec isn’t being a douche and Matthew Daddario is an awesome Alec, whether moody or not.

Isabelle Lightwood: I felt bad for Isabelle as she is wearing the same clothes as she did in the last episode. She ends up getting arrested and we don’t see her much besides when Alec came into her room to talk to her. Dimension-Isabelle though was wearing a blue star wars tee shirt, jeans, her hair was in a braid and she was wearing glasses. Dimension-Isabelle is totally different from the very sexy normal Isabelle that we are used to. Dimension-Isabelle also confessed to Alec, Clary, and Simon that she likes someone but everyone thought that it was Valentine but I was thinking it was Simon as the two of them were giving off good Sissy feels in the episode. After watching this episode and reading most of the books I love Sissy almost as much as I love Clace. At the party Dimension-Isabelle is wearing a cute blue dress with her hair up and glasses on still. She was also wearing makeup especially when it was covering her black eye that she got from kickboxing.

Magnus Bane: Much like with Valentine Morgenstern and Jocelyn Fairchild/Morgenstern we only see one of him that would be Dimension-Magnus. Now the first time we see him is on a commercial for his business that he used Dimension-Luke and Dimension-Hodge for. Dimension-Magnus is still a warlock but he put his powers in a dormant state because why would he need to use them in his dimension. Dimension-Magnus is more reserved of his feelings for his gender than Dimension-Alec is. When the two first met Dimension-Magnus was a lot like Alec was when he first meets Magnus and of course left so that he could get Clary to get to the portal. Of course Dimension-Magnus does find it and gets the Clary and Jace over while stating that he will close that portal and get rid of the demon body so that in that dimension no one could use the portal ever again and they won’t have to activate the Shadowhunters at all. Dimension-Magnus lacks the flare of the Magnus that Clary knows since Dimension-Magnus doesn’t really need the flare in that dimension at all. Magnus overall is a wonderful character and Harry Shum Jr does an excellent job portraying him.

Hodge Starkweather: We see two different Hodge’s in this episode. The first Hodge we see is Dimension-Hodge and it’s like as long as we did Dimension-Luke. We don’t know much about Dimension-Hodge besides that he runs a kung fu studio or maybe it was karate I’m not exactly sure anymore. Then we see him in the episode for a little bit longer then in the other dimension. We just see him wearing his workout clothes since Hodge doesn’t/can’t leave the Institute he doesn’t really do much of anything. Hodge is an interesting character to say the least and Jon Cor does an excellent job portraying him.

Meliorn: We only see one Meliorn and he is basically wearing the same thing that he did in the last episode. Nothing much has really changed that much for him and I’m not sure if I like him that much or not right now which is pretty bad of me to say but oh well. Meliorn though is one of those characters where you love him but at the same time you don’t trust him being a faerie and all. Meliorn is an interesting character much like Hodge and Jade Hassoune plays him perfectly.

Lydia Branwell: Lydia is another one of those characters where you feel like you should love her but at the same time you kind of hate her. The reason for that is because most Shadowhunters fans think that Lydia is keeping away the Malec feelings that most of us want. I think that Lydia brings an interesting twist to the couple as sure most of us know what ends up happening in the Malec relationship but Lydia brings the tough decision for Alec. We first see Lydia wearing the clothes that she was wearing in last Tuesday’s episode and then she switches into workout clothes and that’s all we really see of her. Lydia is a very good character and I just feel bad for her as she just wants to do what is right while staying true to the Clave which isn’t always a good thing. Especially since I think she feels bad for having to arrest Isabelle but Isabelle didn’t really leave her with a choice. Stephanie Bennett is the person portraying Lydia and I have to say that she is doing an excellent job.

New Characters: This will be where I talk about the characters that we first see and with how we see them. And if I like them or not.

Michael Wayland: So the last person we see in this episode is Michael Wayland the long-lost dead father of Jace Wayland. What I am thinking though is that maybe it isn’t Michael Wayland but really Valentine using a rune to change his appearance into Michael. I mean it makes sense seeing as how the portal took them to the building that was Valentine’s hideout and all they find is Michael. This is all a theory of mine though as we don’t know if it is really true or not until we see the later episodes. I think that Michael will be interesting touch to the story and we can see how he interacts with Jace and possibly Clary and the other Shadowhunters later. Michael Wayland is played by Adam Harrington and I think that Adam is doing a good job so far. I will leave this open for later.

Church: Church is this awesome cat from the book series that I have always wondered with when we will see him. In the book series Church is a cat from the Institute where we see him in the different Dimension as Dimension-Magnus’s cat. One that Dimension-Magnus doesn’t really seem to like all that much. I am not sure if we will see Church all that much anymore on the show but I would love it if we could. I do love the pillow that says Church on it though as it is totally a Magnus thing to do. We see Church just one more time as he tries to get Clary from succumbing to the effects of Dimension-Clary’s mind.

Chairman Meow: Chairman Meow is another awesome cat from the book series. Chairman Meow is another cat that is supposed to be in the Institute but on the show we see him as the first cat that Dimension-Magnus shows Clary. Chairman Meow is the more sociable one of the two and totally a cat that I wanted to see in the series. Sadly though much like Church I’m unsure if we will see Chairman Meow anymore in the show. There is also another pillow on Dimension-Magnus’s couch that has Chairman Meow’s name on it and I got to say that I love those pillows. We see Chairman Meow just one more time with Church as he tries to get Clary’s mind to focus on her task at hand again.

The ending of this episode was awesome but poor Jace who has just seen his father for the first time in eight years and that’s where we ended it. I feel sorry for the poor guy. This episode was an awesome one and each of the characters where superb especially when it came to the alternate reality. We see a whole lot of Sissy, Clace, and a little bit of Malec. Though Sissy wasn’t in there a whole lot. The only one that was would be Clace of course. I don’t really have a favorite scene as I loved all of the scenes. The different dimension thing was pretty cool and I loved how they made each of the normal characters a bit different than what they are from the world that Clary comes from. I do dislike Alaric, played by Joel Labelle. As Alaric is making poor Luke choose between the pack and Clary while telling him that he should put his pack first and not trust Clary. Joel Labelle is doing a good job playing a character who is a jerk.

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Shadowhunters Part 9

Posted March 15, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Shape Shifters, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters Part 9Shadowhunters TV Show

Ninth Episode: Rise Up

First Aired: March 8, 2016

Plot Summary

Clary, Jace and Isabelle are forced to take drastic action after they suspect Lydia’s harsh plan for the Seelies could prove to be disastrous; Alec is emotionally torn by events at the Institute.

My take on this episode: We start this episode off with what happened in the last episode of Shadowhunters. Before we see Simon running away and Raphael showing up to talk to Simon. A little bit after that Clary and Jace show up after Simon ran away again. Jace calls Alec and he learns about what Valentine did by sending a Forsaken to the Institute.

At this Institute Isabelle sees her Seelie friend before Lydia gets him arrested. Isabelle talks to Alec before Jace shows up. Then Lydia does and they tell them that they are engaged which upsets both Jace and Isabelle. We then go off to Simon’s house to see Simon talk to his mom.

Clary is off with Luke looking for Simon so that they could help him some with his new life as a vampire. They find Simon at Simon’s house and Clary convinces Simon to go with her despite Simon’s mom not wanting that to happen. Clary tells Simon that it was her choice to bury Simon and he isn’t very happy.

Back at the Institute Lydia finds out that Clary has the cup and they are looking for it. Jace told Clary about them. Now Simon, Clary, and Luke are going to Raphael to see if they could stay there so that they can’t be tracked. Simon is very important for Raphael.

Alec isn’t really very happy right now and is working with his fiancée. Jace tried to get Alec to see that the way he is handling things may be what the Clave wants, but it isn’t the best way to handle it.

So much stuff has happened in this episode and that it was such a good one just like the others.

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Vampire’s Fake Fiancée

Posted March 13, 2016 by karenbaron in Cats, Fairies, Gargoyles, Ghosts, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Shape Shifters, Supernatural, Urban, Valkyrie, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches / 0 Comments

Vampire’s Fake FiancéeThe Vampire’s Fake Fiancée by Kristen Painter
Series: Nocturne Falls #5
Published by Sugar Skull Books on January 11th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.
Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.
Sebastian Ellingham isn’t known for being a happy vampire. And when his long estranged wife comes to town expecting to pick up where they left off, things take a sharp turn toward cranky. Sure he’s been protecting her for centuries, but her assumption that he’s still available (he is) rankles.
His answer is to hire a woman to play his fiancée. The lucky victim is Tessa Blythe, sister of one of the town’s deputies, librarian in need of a job and, oh yes, reluctant Valkyrie. Playing along with Sebastian is all about the end game for her, the position of Dean of Library Studies at the local private academy.
When unexpected sparks fly between them, they agree to mutually deny the attraction. Fate, however, has other plans…

My Thoughts:         Love heals all wounds, even century old ones!

Sebastian Ellingham is the oldest of the three Ellingham Vampire Brothers. He is the recluse, stuffy, uptight and very lonely one. Some may even say he was untouchable, but then most don’t know him as he truly won’t allow anyone to get close to him.

Tessa Blythe older sister of the town’s deputy and Valkyrie. She has also lost her way in the world, set aside her heritage and found a different way to deal with the anger and the past. She is described as a mouse by many and allows it as a matter of fact.

Evangeline is a spoiled, self-serving, conniving, horrible Vampire. She wants what she wants and wants it now. She doesn’t care about the cost of the other person. She is as ugly on the inside as she is beautiful on the outside. Evangeline returns to Sebastian for reasons of her own, but it is clear they are for something and clearly not to reunite with Sebastian. She makes Sebastian lie and bring about the rouse of the engagement to save face in front of Evangeline.

Tessa isn’t keen on the act but understand and feels she should help protect Sebastian’s good name and wellbeing from being entangled with Evangeline again. Tessa and Sebastian are sweet together. They realize that they have much in common and start to enjoy each of others company. They are like kindred spirits. She helps him and he helps her. Evangeline never had a chance against love.

I truly love happy endings. I feel that a few things could have been wrapped up nicer, but I still adored the ending of the book. I like the combination of supernatural, lore, love, family, good vs evil that you find in Ms. Painter’s writings. She really has sucked me into this lovely world. If I could move to Nocturne Falls I would gladly drink the water and enjoy the wonder of living in a town that celebrates Halloween 365 days of the year.

My rating is 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoy reading these wonderful stories, filled with outstanding characters, funny, romantic and family-oriented plots. I love the series and highly recommend it, however not necessary, you’ll want to start with the first on The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride, if you haven’t already.

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

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About Kristen Painter

About the Author:

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and urban fantasy. The former college English teacher can often be found on the social media links below where she loves to interact with readers.