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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
Series Rating: four-stars
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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four-stars

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.


A Bargain in Silver

Posted October 22, 2016 by karenbaron in Dystopia, Paranormal, Review, Series, Vampires / 0 Comments

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A Bargain in SilverA Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey
Series: Solis Invicti #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on January 3, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Kindle
five-stars

If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life? A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It's not a deal that Emmy's willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur. After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom. But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race. As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

My Thoughts:   Does it matter if he is a vampire if he has a good heart?

I absolutely loved this book. I had the hardest time putting it down. I think I may have even growled at my family when they interrupted me. I was so worried about Emmy and her friends, that I couldn’t get them off my mind.

Emmy, for the most part, is your normal average girl. She wants to be part of a family and enjoy life. She gave up her life when her boyfriend disappeared, and move to London to start again. She gets a job as a bartender and gains a bunch of friends who become her family. Then the infection begins and she meets Drew. She is instantly drawn to him, even though she questions their connection constantly. She even allows someone she doesn’t really know to influence her perception of Drew.

Drew, who is second in command of the Solis Invicti, is kind in his own way. He is set in the fact that life is changing on earth and he will be one of those who will help make people comfortable and readjust to the new ways. He seems to try very hard to play within the rules that the Primus has set. Then he meets Emmy and instantly falls for her. Drew, however, knows of the consequences of loving her and wants to make sure that she has her complete free will to make the choice to love him back. He seems very noble. Can a vampire be good? He was born a vampire so perhaps it is possible.

There must be something about Emmy that is special, something unseen by most. Emmy catches the attention of Drew immediately, but also Solomon, who is in charge of the Silver and apparently the world as it is now known. They are both drawn to her even though she has a smart mouth and refuses to be their slave.

Since the story is told from Emmy’s point a view, there are secrets that she feels but is uncertain what they are. The Silver have quite a lot of superstitions and ways that are unknown to humans. Honestly, they must have had this planned for a while, at least by one faction or another. Humans didn’t know that they existed and were completely caught off guard.

My rating is 5 stars. I completely loved this book. I am so recommending this to my friends as I know they would enjoy it too.

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About Josie Jaffrey

I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

I grew up in the English countryside and studied Classics at the University of Oxford, subsequently converting to law. After a year working in London in Paternoster Square (where the majority of the Solis Invicti series is set), I returned to Oxford where I still live with my husband and two somali cats. When I’m not writing, I work as a solicitor specializing in Intellectual Property and Commercial law.

As a new author, I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through the website or via Twitter.

Thank you for reading!


Ash and Snow by Katie Doyle

Posted February 10, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Teen, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Ash and Snow by Katie DoyleAsh and Snow by Katie Doyle
Series: A Grimm Tidings Novella #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on November 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 130
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Ash fought for her brother, now she has to fight for her life. When the spell to save her brother worked, she didn't anticipate the problems that would follow suit. It destroyed her magic and in so doing left her life force to drain away. For months, the Witch Council searched for a way to stop her inevitable death, but nothing has come of it so far. Then Ash has a dream and as soon as she wakes up meets the little girl who starred in it. Kay Dewitt is sick. She's also special. She knows things she shouldn't and guides Ash to find the thing that could save them both. But the Council doesn't believe and turns Ash's boyfriend against her. Ash is on her own again...Only this time two lives are at stake. Loyalty and friendship are tested in this Snow White retelling.

My take on this book: Oh my god I loved this book so much. Katie Doyle has a way of creating a story that captivates her readers within the first sentence of a chapter. It makes them regret putting it down to do mundane things like chores or to make a meal or even just to go to bed. At least, it does with me.

Ash and Snow is the second book of the series and I have to say that it’s a really good story. I think this is an actual book for the series not a Novella. I am glad that Mrs. Doyle asked me to read the first book in this series as I am now hooked on it and I can’t wait to see which fairytale she does next.

This book takes place a short time after Ash saves her brother from her evil mother. Who was trying to kill him so that she could make Ash even more powerful however Ash loses her magic in the process. This kind of backfires in the way that Ash is now dying from doing the spell. The Witch Council of course is trying to find a way to save her and make sure that she has full custody of her little brother. After she has a dream  about something that could save her the council, especially her boyfriend are reluctant to help her. Even more so after she finds out that the little girl that was in her dream is in coma and doesn’t have long to live, much like Ash.

Ash takes off to find this cure with the help of the one person that she doesn’t want in her life ever again. Thankfully the book ends on a kind of happy note for both Kay and Ash. Ash and Snow is a brilliantly written book from Katie Doyle and one that I didn’t hesitate to give it five stars to. I can’t wait to see what happens in the future for these two especially with the predicament that Ash has put herself into after finding the cure.

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About Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle is an avid reader, writer of NA and Adult fiction, a mom to two tornadoes that resemble an eight and six year old, and pet to a tuxedo cat named Oz and a German Shepherd/Boxer rescue named Charlie. If she’s not reading, writing, or getting Oz out of a tree, she’s screaming at characters on TV and trying not to curse around her kids.


Ash and the Prince by Katie Doyle

Posted December 20, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Teen, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Ash and the Prince by Katie DoyleAsh and the Prince by Katie Doyle
Series: A Grimm Tidings Novella #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on October 9th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 90
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Ashley "Ash" Prince hates using magic, but that doesn't stop her mother from forcing lessons on her. She resists except when it helps her stepbrother, Charlie.
Charlie is sick and none of the doctors knows why. When Ash has a witch dream, she is determined to find the elusive and rare Ghost Orchid-a flower that could be the key to saving him. Her mother begs her not to go because not only did Ash's dream reveal a way to heal her brother, it also hinted at her death. But when her brother gets worse, she refuses to sit around and let him die. In a race against time, Ash and a boy she met in a coffee shop go in search of the Ghost Orchid.
Only someone doesn't want her to find it. Family secrets are revealed and Ash has to decide whom to trust-the mother that raised her, or the boy she barely knows.
Love and family collide in this Cinderella retelling.

My take on this book: Ash and the Prince is Katie’s first book and it was very excellent. It had me on my seats edge throughout the entire book. I would have gotten it finished earlier if it hadn’t been for a few things that needed to be taken care of around the house.

I loved how she incorporated the retelling of a classic fairytale, magic, love both romantic and familial, secrets, and a heroine that keeps true to being herself.

The first thing that she incorporated into her book is the retelling of Cinderella. She retold it by having Ash, Cinderella, be a witch that is trying to save her stepbrother who is sick much like his dad was, and Ash dealing with her mother not being happy about her trying to save her stepbrother. I was just so impressed with Katie’s ability to give a classic fairytale a new spun. It makes you hope that Ash doesn’t die because of the flower.

The second thing that Ms. Doyle incorporated into her book is magic. The fact that Ash hates using magic makes you stop and think about why she hates it. That is one reason to buy the book, you know, so that you can find out who would hate using magic. This made me very curious about how magic could be a part of the retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. I loved the book completely, including the parts of the book that talk about magic. It really makes me wonder what if magic is still real.

The third thing that Ms. Doyle incorporated into her book is love both romantic and familial. The way that Ash cares about her little stepbrother, her mom, and her stepfather are all sweet. And yet the romance she finds with the boy that she met at a coffee shop is also sweet. Ash never knew her dad so when her mom married her stepdad he became her surrogate dad. Ash loved him very much and she also loves her little stepbrother. They treat each other as if they were actually siblings. No matter what ends up happening between Ash and her mom, Ash still loves her.  Ash doesn’t like the decisions that her mom made in the past, the and present and she probably won’t like the ones that her mom makes in the future as well. Ash has never really felt any romantically feelings for anyone until she meets Jason and she falls for him after he starts helping her research the Ghost Orchid flower. He even goes all the way to another state to help her look for it. Jason will stand against her mom and anyone else that gets in their way. Their relationship is another big main thing that is really present in the book.

The fourth thing that Ms. Doyle incorporated into her book is secrets because that seems to be the base of a lot of the stuff in the book. The big secret in the book is with the magical witch community. They will not telling anyone that they are witches unless  the person is also a witch. Ash kind of breaks this secret every time she tells stories to her little stepbrother, Charlie, but the little eight-year-old just thinks that they are all just stories. He loves the stories, and all that Ash wants is to see a happy smile on his face. The other secret is how Charlie got sick. However, that is a really big one that we don’t find out until later in the book. Another big secret is with why Ash has this much power when no one else really did and the one about Charlie, which we also find out until later in the book.

The last thing that Ms. Doyle incorporated into her book is a heroine that stays true to herself. Ash doesn’t really change all that much throughout the book. She is still that headstrong stubborn girl that doesn’t want to practice her magic because she doesn’t like it; while being a protective, kind, and nice person to Charlie and at times Jason. Ash tries her best to keep this strong face in front of Charlie so that he doesn’t see her break down. She needs to be strong for him while they try to find out what is wrong with him as Charlie is slowly deteriorating daily. Ash wants to save Charlie. this is very clear throughout the book and that she doesn’t care about the risks. Ash totally stays strong, true to her beliefs and yet she is still shows her femininity. Granted it isn’t highlighted in the book but I feel it is there.

Ms. Doyle is an excellent author. She had me sucked in with the plot of the book immediately, which is saying a lot about her writing. It usually takes me the first chapter or two of a book to decide if I am going to like it or if I think the plot seems interesting to me.

Ash and the Prince by Katie Doyle deserves the five stars rating that I am giving it. This is a really great book and  I will tell anyone that asks me what a brilliant book this is to read!

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Katie Doyle is an avid reader, writer of NA and Adult fiction, a mom to two tornadoes that resemble an eight and six year old, and pet to a tuxedo cat named Oz and a German Shepherd/Boxer rescue named Charlie. If she’s not reading, writing, or getting Oz out of a tree, she’s screaming at characters on TV and trying not to curse around her kids.


Insurgent Movie

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Dystopia, Review / 0 Comments

four-stars

insurgent movieInsurgent Movie

The second movie to the Divergent Trilogy. I love the books and I am loving the movies that go along with them. I went to see this movie with my mom on Friday May 1. I know I know I know my loyal readers, and fans and followers and the people that I haven’t come up with a good fanbase name for yet, I meant to have done this review a LONG LONG LONG time ago but I have been busy. Granted yes I know I am not in school so how could I be so busy? Well I had been doing something that I haven’t been proud of for a really long time in my life and I am now proud to say that I am done with it and I will be focusing on this. Now back to the purpose of this blog post.

Insurgent is only a 1 hour and 59 minute movie! I mean when I found that out I was like -.- that is shorter than the first movie! How could they do that!! Surprisingly though it is a really good movie despite it being only 1 hour and 59 minutes. Yes I am not going to let you guys get away from that tidbit because it’s still a shocker to me and it’s been 23 days since I have seen the movie. I know probably not good to do a review for something that I haven’t seen in 23 days but oh well.

This movie has tried to stick as close to the book as it can but granted some things they had to take out along with a few characters…Okay a lot of characters. But oh well nothing I can do about it. Anyways I will give this movie a four star review mostly because one it’s short , I know I shouldn’t take that out on the movie but I am, two they didn’t put Amity OUTSIDE of the fence area like it is in the book, and three it seemed like the director for it just thought of the movie, and book I’m guessing, as a filler and that it didn’t need to be long or anything like that.

Then again these are my opinions. Everyone is granted to their own.

What did you guys think of this movie if you have seen it? And if not then what do you think based on what I said do you think of it? Or even if you have just seen the trailer what did you think of that?

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