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Catherine (Slave to a Vampire #1) by Katrina Kahler

Vampire Romance - SLAVE TO A VAMPIRE 1: Catherine: (Paranormal Vampire Romance) - Katrina Kahler

 

 

 

Catherine, a young Irish peasant girl and other young teens from her village are taken away by English slave traders.

 

Thrown into a sailing ship and taken to the other side of the world, Catherine fears for her future.

 

She is purchased by a mysterious man and taken to his sugar plantation. Will she survive? What manner of creature is this man they call Master Lavelle?

This vampire romance is set in the mid-1600's in the Caribbean. Follow Catherine's journey across the seas to the hands of a vampire...where all is not what it seems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story doesn't really fit the impression that the cover gives. Its a historical paranormal serial which leaves readers on a serious cliff hanger without many answers involving who the characters are, what their back stories are, the reasons behind their actions.

I wanted more emotion from the cast, I wanted more of their purpose.

I am curious though because its an interesting world and I'm curious as to what happens next.

I'm hoping for more development later on.

 

 

 

 

 

Katrina Kahler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via the author.

 

 

 

 

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Kiss, Don't Tell (Devils in Disguise #1) by Holly Hart

Kiss, Don't Tell (Devils in Disguise Book 1) - Holly Hart, Ellen St. Claire

 

 

 

 

I ruined Kim's life before I even said hello. Life has taught me one thing: guys like me don't get second chances. I never wanted one. Not until I saw Kim's face.

Kimberly Sawyers is a good girl, and she lives next door. The more she pushes me away, the more my body aches for her. I can't sleep. I can't think. I need her. I need to taste her pinks, and I need to possess her curves. I'm going to make her moan like no man ever has.

The problem? We have a past.

Now I'm undercover, and Kim's my mission. I've put my girl in mortal danger. I'm going to protect her, whatever it takes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not sure I really cared for Nate and Kim as a couple, I didn't like Nate's inconsistency.

He remembered Kim then he didn't remember her, he didn't like her then he did, he wanted to help her but then he put her on the line..

There was just too much back and forth going on emotionally that I couldn't engage in his relationship with Kim or the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Hart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via the author.

 

 

 

 

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History of the Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

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Watch the Video from the History Channel!

 

 

Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.

 

In 1979, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted except for the top ornament. This was done in honor of the American hostages in Iran.

 

Between 1887-1933 a fishing schooner called the Christmas Ship would tie up at the Clark Street bridge and sell spruce trees from Michigan to Chicagoans.

 

The tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of Woodinville, Washington.

 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition began in 1933. Franklin Pierce, the 14th president, brought the Christmas tree tradition to the White House.

 

In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony now held every year on the White House lawn.

 

Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a Christmas tree to the President and first family.

 

Most Christmas trees are cut weeks before they get to a retail outlet.

 

In 1912, the first community Christmas tree in the United States was erected in New York City.

 

Christmas trees generally take 6-8 years to mature.

 

Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.

 

100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry.

 

98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms.

 

More than 1,000,000 acres of land have been planted with Christmas trees.

 

77 million Christmas trees are planted each year.

 

On average, over 2,000 Christmas trees are planted per acre.

 

You should never burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace. It can contribute to creosote buildup.

 

Other types of trees such as cherry and hawthorns were used as Christmas trees in the past.

 

Thomas Edison’s assistants came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees.

 

In 1963, the National Christmas Tree was not lit until December 22nd because of a national 30-day period of mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy.

 

Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons.

 

In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day.

 

Tinsel was once banned by the government. Tinsel contained lead at one time, now it’s made of plastic.

 

In 1984, the National Christmas Tree was lit on December 13th with temperatures in the 70s, making it one of the warmest tree lightings in history.

 

34 to 36 million Christmas trees are produced each year and 95 percent are shipped or sold directly from Christmas tree farms.

 

California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states.

 

The best selling trees are Scotch Pine, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, and White Pine.

 

 

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The Vintage Christmas Series! (12-2-16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Five (12-1-16)

 

 

 

 

 

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds.

Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun.

 

Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror?

 

Was it the Arrowhead Project---the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you're forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret...they're a pack of wolf shifters.

The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive-and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something...and she's determined to find out what.

Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth-and perilously close to his heart...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her heart may be in the right place...but her soul belongs to Satan.
Being Satan's most infamous minion is the only life Becca Gibbs has ever known. But now she's restless, sick and tired of stealing souls, and ready to break free on her own. Unfortunately, this gig isn't like any other job. Its first rule: Walk out on the Devil-and kiss your life good-bye.

Nick Rawlings is the last of the Markku, a race of fighters that broke from Hell to pull for the good. When his sister goes missing, and her ransom is the death of Satan, Nick's more than willing to take on the fight. The first step? Getting the devil's sexy right-hand helper on his side. The second? Well, if he can take his eyes-and hands-off of her, he's sure he'll think of it..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist—or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.

But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Five came into being because my followers inspired it.

Both myself and other bloggers often discuss our books and collections, we post pictures of them and so on and over the years I've gotten a lot of mail asking about my inventory of books.

So, I decided to create a post that would show the rest of you a little bit at a time each week the different books I have in my library.

These books are a mix of print and digital books I've accumulated over the years and now I'm sharing them with all of you!

See a book you've read? One you own yourself? Have a book you think I should read or add to my library? Let's talk about it!

 

 

Stay tuned for next weeks pick!

 

 

 

 

The Complete Bloodling Serial by Aimee Easterling

The Complete Bloodling Serial: Episodes 1-5 - Aimee Easterling

 

 

 

A price, a princess, and a promise.

Wolfie Young is a bloodling, a rare shifter born in wolf rather than in human form. Although he has trouble handling simple human interactions, the alpha soon finds his niche as the benevolent dictator of a pack of outcasts and misfits.

But while struggling to grow into his responsibilities, Wolfie falls into Crazy Wilder's trap. The grizzled old shifter's dominance ranks him above all other werewolves in the region, and Wilder shores up that position by tricking up-and-coming young alphas into promising undesignated future favors.

Wolfie flounders as he attempts to wriggle out from beneath Crazy Wilder's thumb without harming his pack. But he's soon left wondering --- does he really want to sever all ties after meeting a pack princess who turns out to be his opponent's enticing daughter?

This bundle contains the complete novel-length serial, including Bloodling Wolf, In Deep Shift, Two Scents' Worth, Feint of Heart, and Hair Apparent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-For those of you who read Shiftless and didn't connect to Wolfie the first time around the Blooding serial will help you connect to him on a more personal level.

The blooding serial are cuts of novellas brought together to create a whole book. Sort of. Readers that have picked up the first book in the Wolf Rampant series will want to grab this one along with it. There is a lot more exploration into the backstory of the shifters, their lives and ofcourse Wolfie who felt a little muted and not quite fully developed in Shiftless.

I did feel like this serial and Shiftless could have been merged to create a whole book with the additional information that we get but I was happy that I enjoyed the serial and Shiftless more once I read the serial.

Readers could read the stories either way but I would say that I'd recommend reading the serial before Shiftless so that you get a firmer grounding in who Wolfie is and what makes him tick and why he becomes so much more after reading it. I like what Easterling has brought to the table and I look forward to reading more books in the series!

Also of note - I love the covers on these books. The cover art is fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee Easterling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via the author.

 

 

 

 

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Shiftless (Wolf Rampant #1) by Aimee Easterling

Shiftless: Werewolf Paranormal Fantasy: 1 (Wolf Rampant) - Aimee Easterling

 

 

 

PMS is no fun for werewolves.

Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up.

A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.

When her father shows up with an ultimatum, Terra knows she'll have to learn to shift or return to her place in her family's pack. Will Wolfie, a nearby alpha who's more wolf than man, be a stumbling block in Terra's quest to maintain her freedom?

As Terra struggles to escape two werewolf packs that seem poised to suck her back in, the real question becomes --- does she really want to stay away?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Considering that the base concept and birth of Terra's upbringing is so emotionally engaging I was expecting a lot more emotion in this book.

When you come from a childhood where you've been abused it affects you on a deeper level than was explored. I really didn't feel any kind of emotional connection from any of the characters. They went through the motions but something didn't quite click with me personally as a reader.

It felt more like Terra didn't like being controlled and in an act of rebellion refused to take part in what was in store for her.

That being said I still thought it was a good start to a series with a decent base it was just a little numb and emotionless despite all the emotional scenes that were in the book.

Could be just me personally that had the issue but I still think its worth checking out if you haven't picked it up yet.

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee Easterling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via the author.

 

 

 

 

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Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray

Evernight  - Claudia Gray

Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought Evernight was good, I think the only thing that I didn't connect to was how abruptly it began and how abruptly it turned from what seemed like a non paranormal read turned into a supernaturally engrossed book.

That was probably mostly my fault because I grabbed this book on the spur of the moment because I got it for fifteen cents and I liked the cover.

Yes, guilty... I'm a cover buyer. There are a great many times I just look at a cover and I grab without ever having read to see what the book was about.

This habit has lead to some great finds and not so great ones yet this is one that I felt was a good one. It did take me a little over half way into the book before I really felt drawn into the characters and the story which is why I think I went out and got the second book after the cliff hanger ending left me frustrated.

It wasn't a fantastic or exciting read for me but it was interesting none the less. I didn't feel the need to go beyond the second book just because it felt like it echoed many other YA paranormals I had been reading at the time so much that I felt like I was reading the same book over again.

If you're into YA paranormal books this is a decent series to invest in but if you lean toward something more mature and exciting you might want to look somewhere else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claudia Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews purchased a print copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews purchased a print copy for personal collection.

 

 

 

 

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Bad reviews are allowed by law

Reblogged from Olga Godim:

I wonder if that law will impact the writers bullying their readers for bad reviews. Would they be penalized too? Or is it only for companies?

It will soon be illegal to punish customers who criticize businesses online

 

Consumer Review Fairness Act bans customer gag clauses, awaits Obama signature.

Congress has passed a law protecting the right of US consumers to post negative online reviews without fear of retaliation from companies.

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To read the full article, click on the link.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/11/congress-passes-law-protecting-right-to-post-negative-online-reviews

Its Here... The Vintage Christmas Series! (1st Ed.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filthy Dirty Laundry (Filthy Dirty Laundry #1) by Kailin Gow

FILTHY DIRTY LAUNDRY (A Stepbrother Romance) - Kailin Gow

 

 

As she watch her dreams vanish, she also gets into an accident with the cocky and much-too-sexy Philip, who seems to push every button in her, as he pushes beyond boundaries to get her to become a journalist she was meant to be.

 

With Kendall also joining the magazine, along with Sidney's best friend Johnson, FILTHY DIRTY LAUNDRY has become a hotbed of twists, turns, and passions in this new steamy series where exposing celebrity dirty laundry has become more than what it seems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not sure I understood what the point in this book was. I received the first two installments which was... interesting.. but it didn't really "do it" for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kailin Gow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via the author.

 

 

 

 

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Helix: Episode 4 - Anomaly (Helix #4) by Nathan M. Farrugia

Helix: Episode 4 (Anomaly) - Nathan M Farrugia

 

 

After Marina washes out of training, she’s sent for termination. But when a rebellion rises, she escapes to join Olesya on the icy coast of the Baltic Sea.

Here, she finds the popularity and power of a violent anti-genetics movement spreading like wildfire. They’re called Purity, and they want people like Marina to burn.

While Marina and Olesya are ensnared in a battle against Purity zealots, another rebel, Sophia, discovers more about Project GATE than she bargained for: every recruit carries a genetic kill switch, and someone is planning to use it.

Now it’s a race against time. Marina and Olesya must overcome impossible odds and Sophia must fight to save her fellow operatives from their own bodies. Success is everything, failure is death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power and corruption rule. Gate sends this installment careening over a cliff into maximum over drive.

Again we have a lot to deal with for Sophia and Marina both personally for them, socially, politically.. Everything comes to a head.

Multiple issues arise to the surface with the viral, switch and the soldiers and their enemies.

But just when you think you know what's going to happen there's a new twist around the corner.

Question everything! All is not what it seems! Neither are those you call ally or enemy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan M. Farrugia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via the author.

 

 

 

 

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Haunted Is Always in Fashion (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #4) by Rose Pressey

Haunted Is Always in Fashion (A Haunted Vintage Mystery) - Rose Pressey

 

 

 

As the owner of It’s Vintage, Y’All in Sugar Creek, Georgia, Cookie Chanel has agreed to share her expertise with author Juliana McDaniel.

 

But on her way to town, Juliana is shot dead, and that was all she wrote.

 

Cookie picks up the thread of the story with help from her psychic cat and a couple of inquisitive ghosts.

 

To unmask this killer, she’ll have to lift the lid on family secrets and hidden motives—because she might wind up getting capped herself if she doesn’t cloche this case . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totally adorable I love the friendships between the ghosts, the cat and Cookie.

There's a lot of heart involved in this book but there's so much comedy and light hearted fun as well.

At first I thought that the whole store owner turned PI kind of thing was a little silly but it was entertaining enough and in a book like this anything can happen.

Cookie was great. She's likeable and tends to get herself in more trouble than she gets out of which is endearing.

There is so much to like about this story, I highly recommend it!

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Pressey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley Publishing via Netgalley.

 

 

 

 

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Echoes Of Angels (Eternity #1) by Devyn Quinn

Echoes of Angels (Keepers of Eternity) (Volume 1) - Devyn Quinn

Julienne Blackthorne grew up in the school of hard knocks.

Dragged around the country by an unstable mother, she grew up on the fringes of poverty, unloved and unwanted. With the face of an angel and a body made for sin, her dream to reinvent herself in Hollywood goes crushingly awry.

Though marriage to her manager leads to minor success as a model and D-list celebrity, her husband’s violent temper and her own crack-cocaine habit can only lead to one thing: disaster. A near brush with death leaves her broke, alone and scarred for life. By the time she emerges from rehab, her life is in ruins, and her soul little more than ashes.

But old bodies will not stay buried, and Julienne is about to learn the truth behind her own lost past. The chance to begin her life over lures her back to the family home her mother abandoned over twenty-one years ago — and straight into the unwelcome embrace of the man Cassandra Blackthorne feared most.

Morgan Saint-Evanston.

Dark. Brooding. Sexy as hell. He’s everything a woman desires, yet his own frightening secrets have tainted his heart and blackened his soul. He is a man Julienne will dare to take as her lover even as he plunges her into an occult realm, where human souls are open barter and swords and sorcery still rule…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First  book in the Eternity series the copy I received needed a lot of work and development both in story and character. Julie has potential to be a great female heroine but she still feels a little zealous and Morgan a tad more than foolish and both have a tendency not to think things through.

I didn't get much from the world itself which could be interesting with more fleshing out but as a whole both the cast and the environment felt a little .. unfinished? a little empty? The characters and place were there but they didn't feel alive to me, they felt a little empty which left me wanting more from both.

Yet I could see the potential in both because there was just enough that it kept my attention but I felt it could have been much more. Maybe its because this is just a start to a series that it wasn't quite what I was hoping for as a whole but I still have hopes for the following installments to do it justice.

I would like to say though the cover I had on my copy wasn't the best but I absolutely love the new one. Beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devyn Quinn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via the author.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Release Day Anne Rice!

 

 

At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.


It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent--and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.

And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

 

 

 

Read the Excerpt from EW!

 

Also check out her interview on the Vampire Chronicles Tv series!

 

 

 

 

The Blockade (First Salik War #3) by Jean Johnson

The Blockade (First Salik War) - Jean Johnson

Though committed to helping their V’Dan cousins, the Terrans resent how their allies treat them.

The V’Dan in turn feel the Terrans are too unseasoned to act independently.

And the other nations fear that ending the Salik War means starting a Human Civil War.
 
Even as Imperial Prince Li’eth and Ambassador Jackie MacKenzie struggle to get their peoples to cooperate, they still face an ethical dilemma:

 

How do you stop a ruthless, advanced nation from attacking again and again without slaughtering them in turn?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much Johnson for making it easy for a first time reader to slide right into the book without having to read the previous books first. Although I now plan on picking up the previous books because I enjoyed reading The Blockade so much.

This book picks up at quite a quick pace because the adventure and war are at its pique and its cast are having to scramble to save themselves and their people from devastation.

Johnson does a great job making the reader feel the building tension and apprehension chapter to chapter but she also brings heart to the table as well. There's a sort of human element that pulls you in and makes you feel for the struggle and the hope and the hurt the characters go through.

I really like emotional reads because it gives you as a reader something deeper to connect to on a personal level and Johnson does it well.

Yay for The Blockade - a really great read!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linger
Before You Break
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