Mordant by R.M. Dorn

Posted January 17, 2016 by karenbaron in Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Review, Science Fiction, Series, Supernatural / 0 Comments

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Mordant by R.M. DornMordant by Rosemary Hagedorn
Series: The Power of Nine #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Acorn Independent Press on September 4th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 322
Format: ebook
five-stars

Darric, a merciless warlord on the planet Vard, has finally defeated his enemies, although the lengthy war has all but destroyed his own planet. He must rebuild and train an army strong enough to invade Earth before his own planet becomes completely barren. It will take decades of hard work to prepare, but if he can get his hands on ancient relics that can magnify his deadly power, he will be ready to attack sooner than anyone could imagine.
Mordant was born into slavery. She does her best to keep her head down and blend in, but she hides a dangerous secret; she has the colours of magic in her mind. If her masters find out about them, she will be killed. Soon her magic will become too strong to hide. She must control it, or die.
With the help of her mother and a rebel spy, Mordant is given the chance to escape. Suddenly swept up into politics and conflicts she barely has time to understand, she must master new skills as mage, sword-master and spy. But the more she learns, the more dangerous the missions become: somehow she must reach Earth and deliver the urgent warning that Darric and his ferocious army are gaining strength and getting ever closer to their goal.

My take on this book:   Fantasy and Science Fiction collide is outstanding tale of a young girl’s bravery. A must read.

When I first heard about this book I loved the idea of it. I was extremely intrigued based on the plot summary. After I got the book and started reading it I was amazed at how well Mordant by Ms. Dorn was written. I am giving this book a five stars rating because of how well written it was, how it kept me interested, and it made me want to know more about the life Mordant lives in this book.

Ms. Dorn has an excellent imagination. I loved the way she brought Mordant’s world and the other worlds she talked about in other universes together. I loved some characters and had such extreme dislike for others. I could picture the world so easily. It was all amazing and I am still in awe about it right now as I am writing this review. Mordant’s world and she, herself, reminds me of the Star Wars worlds (a little bit anyway). I was so sucked in by the wonderful story that I was constantly thinking about it, wondering what would happen next when I picked up my Kindle Fire to read this book. I am happy that at the start of certain parts she gives a list of characters that will make an appearance, and at the very end she gives you a dictionary so that you can look up the words while reading or just wait until you are done reading like I did. I was just so amazed to see that the dictionary is there with terms that comes up in the book.

Mordant kept me guessing about a lot of things in the book. Like who her mom was, especially who her dad is, and a bunch of other things that happen throughout the book but that I don’t want to mention in this post and spoil anything. I am happy that I was asked to read this book and I am glad to say that I totally loved it. I am so hooked by this story that I want to read the other two books once they come out. I will be adding those to my to-be-read list. I am also going to recommended this book to everyone that is a sci-fi fan. This is such an awesome book to read and I hope that all of you will agree.

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Happy New Year

Posted January 11, 2016 by karenbaron in Uncategorized, Update / 0 Comments

Happy New Year 2016Oh my god my Happy New Year post is very late, by like ten days to which I am very sad about, but Happy 2016 to my wonderful loyal fans that have been through this whole journey with me. I am very happy to see how well my blog has done for the past, ALMOST TWO YEARS NOW, to which I am incredibly pleased to have all of you here with me.

Anyways I hope everyone is loving 2016 so far. I am pleased to say that I plan to read about 75 books this year. To which I am hoping to do. I am also thinking about doing more stuff for the blog later on but not quite sure yet. I am still getting used to it and I am grateful for these almost two wonderful years that I have been doing this book blog.

And I am thankful for all the wonderful book requests that I have been getting. I am also hoping that I will be able to do a better job with answering my emails and paying more attention to this book blog than I have in the past.

Anyways I hope you all have a wonderful 2016 this year and I hope that this year will be filled with a lot of awesome books for you to read!

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Buried in a Bog GP

Posted January 1, 2016 by karenbaron in Cozy, Mystery, Review, Rural, Series / 0 Comments

Buried in a Bog GPBuried in a Bog by Sheila Connolly
Series: County Cork #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Group (USA) on February 5th 2013
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle
five-stars

National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface...
Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.  
In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head...
A New York Times bestseller!

My Thoughts:   I really enjoyed this book. Sheila Connolly can truly spin a tale. 5 Stars for this one.

Maura Donovan lives in Boston where her whole world has been turned upside down by the passing of her much loved Gran. Gran’s last wish was for Maura to go to County Cork, Ireland where her Gran was married and lived before moving to Boston. Gran has even left her the address of a friend to contact, Bridget Nolan. Mrs. Nolan makes accommodations for Maura’s stay, and other such things.

Maura finds in Ireland a job, friends, family, belonging and mystery. Maura really grows emotionally, grieves for her Gran and finds a whole world her Gran didn’t tell her about. Some opinions that she formed about the Irish in Boston change as she meets the people of Ireland and learns their stories. Maura is strong, stubborn, and quirky. She says what she is thinking. The supporting characters are amusing and witty.

I found myself transported to the Townlands of County Cork. What a wonderful start to a new series. I am looking forward to the next book.

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About Sheila Connolly

Connolly was born in Rochester, New York, and since then has lived in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, and Massachusetts. In 1972 she graduated with honors from Wellesley College, then earned a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. When art history jobs proved elusive, she obtained an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as an art historian, a municipal financial advisor for U.S. cities and states, a non-profit fundraiser for institutions and two statewide political campaigns, and a professional genealogist. She has included elements of all of these in her mysteries.

Connolly is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, and is also a member of the steering committee for the New England Crime Bake, an annual mystery conference.

Currently she lives in southeastern Massachusetts, with her husband, daughter, and three cats.

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An Open Book GP

Posted December 31, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Death, Murder, Mystery, Review, Short Stories / 0 Comments

An Open Book GPAn Open Book by Sheila Connolly
Published by Berkley Books on December 1st 2012
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Format: Kindle
four-stars

National bestselling author Sheila Connolly presents a stand-alone story, only available digitally... After part-time librarian Sarabeth Dodson discovers elderly Edith Hathaway dead in a snowdrift in small-town Strathmere, Pennsylvania, she enlists the help of Police Chief Vanessa Hutchins to get to the bottom of the mystery. With no footprints around the body and no purse, what was the retired school teacher doing out in the middle of nowhere in the snow? The answer may have something to do with the library book Edith failed to return... Includes a preview of the first book in Sheila Connolly's brand-new County Cork Mystery series--"Buried in a Bog." Also includes excerpts from the first book in the Orchard Mystery series--"One Bad Apple"--and the first book in the Museum Mystery series--"Fundraising the Dead."

My Thoughts:        A startling short story. 4 Stars

This short story kept me entertained from the beginning paragraph. What a way to suck you in, especially since my favorite color is blue. The characters are believable and a little eccentric. The death is tragic but the conclusion is not what you would expect.

I liked the main character, Sarabeth and her friend the Chief of Police, Vanessa they make a good team. Vanessa is a little more laid back and keeps things to herself, whereas Sarabeth is nosy. Only in a small town could the suspect sip tea and explain the story in their own way while sitting in a comfortable sitting room, instead of a dirty police interrogation room.

I like the small town setting. Ms. Connolly writes about life in small towns exactly the way I remember it, everyone knows everyone and their business. When someone dies in an unexpected way, the whole town is abuzz.

All in all, a great short story, worth the time. I definitely recommend this to my friends who like cozy mysteries.

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About Sheila Connolly

Connolly was born in Rochester, New York, and since then has lived in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, and Massachusetts. In 1972 she graduated with honors from Wellesley College, then earned a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. When art history jobs proved elusive, she obtained an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as an art historian, a municipal financial advisor for U.S. cities and states, a non-profit fundraiser for institutions and two statewide political campaigns, and a professional genealogist. She has included elements of all of these in her mysteries.

Connolly is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, and is also a member of the steering committee for the New England Crime Bake, an annual mystery conference.

Currently she lives in southeastern Massachusetts, with her husband, daughter, and three cats.

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A Gala Event GP

Posted December 30, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Mystery, Review, Rural, Series / 0 Comments

A Gala Event GPA Gala Event by Sheila Connolly
Series: Orchard #9
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley on October 6th 2015
Genres: Cozy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Wedding bells are ringing for Meg and Seth in the latest Orchard Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Picked to Die
The fall harvest may be just about over, but orchard owner Meg Corey is busier than ever planning her wedding to Seth Chapin. Who knew picking apples would be less work than picking out rings and a dress? And even though the happy couple has invited most of Granford, Massachusetts, to the ceremony, they might have to make room for one more guest…
Ex-con Aaron Eastman has unexpectedly reappeared in his hometown, searching for answers to the tragic fire in his family’s past that put him behind bars twenty-five years ago. Moved by his sincerity, Meg vows to do everything she can to help him solve the cold case. As she cobbles together the clues, it becomes increasingly clear that Aaron may have been considered the bad seed of the family, but someone else was one bad apple…
Includes Delicious Recipes!

My Thoughts:                     So happy for this couple! This one gets 5 stars.

I truly like Meg’s character. She stands up for what she believes even if that means she has to take the hard road. She is completely a down to earth woman. She reminds me of my old friend Nopal. Nopal would call herself an old farm woman. She didn’t put on airs and she preferred to keep her mind and body busy, much like Meg. Meg and Seth make a great pair, they are both hardworking, honest and don’t shy giving helping a hand.

In this episode Meg’s friend Gail uncharacteristically freaks out and hurts a stranger. In comes Meg to help figure out what happened recently and then she attempts to solve a very old cold case with hardly any evidence. Meg enlists the assistance of Seth’s sister, mother, Gail, Art and of course Seth. This task seems daunting until most of the paperwork is back and they have done some leg work. Each person had a different part of the puzzle which allowed Meg to come up with the best conclusion possible and present it to Aaron and his siblings.

I think what I like most in this story was the melting of the different personalities through the actual story. There are quite a few characters (and I do mean characters) in this series. They seemed to all come together for the wedding and do it in a way that was sincere. Although Meg and Seth get married in this book, there are so many other things going on, such as planning the nuptials, the ex-con showing up, his relationship with his siblings, remodeling, finishing the harvest, entertaining, Thanksgiving, the birth of a new character, and the solving of an old fire. Talk about multi-tasking.

This is an outstanding series, I would highly recommend it and do. You may want to start from the first book in the series (One Bad Apple) even though that isn’t necessary as each book stands alone also. There are some nice apple recipes included if you like to bake/cook. So check it out!

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 Sheila Connolly

Connolly was born in Rochester, New York, and since then has lived in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, and Massachusetts. In 1972 she graduated with honors from Wellesley College, then earned a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. When art history jobs proved elusive, she obtained an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as an art historian, a municipal financial advisor for U.S. cities and states, a non-profit fundraiser for institutions and two statewide political campaigns, and a professional genealogist. She has included elements of all of these in her mysteries.

Connolly is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, and is also a member of the steering committee for the New England Crime Bake, an annual mystery conference.

Currently she lives in southeastern Massachusetts, with her husband, daughter, and three cats.

(Info above from Wikipedia)