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Sun God Seeks ...Surrogate? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

I haven't read anything by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff before so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but what Pamfiloff delivers is a humor filled, action packed, romantic read that keeps the reader eagerly turning the pages.  Despite not being the first book in the series, I was quickly able to catch up on what was happening, and while I think this book can be read out of order I think that reading previous books would add to the experience.  Both Penelope and Nick are well developed in the book, and I enjoyed the journey both characters took in the story.  I also really loved all the secondary characters introduced especially Cimil.  I do have one warning about this book though and that is that it ends with a cliffhanger so expect to want to continue the series to see what happens next.  Overall Sun God Seeks ...Surrogate? was a fun read that proves to be a great paranormal romance.  If you are looking for adventure, action, and romance mixed in with gods, the paranormal, and humor then this is the book for you.  I am looking forward to checking out more works by this author.

 

Received a copy of Sun God Seeks ...Surrogate? through Goodreads.

Ever After by Jude Deveraux

Its been a while since I had read one of Deveraux's books, and I am so glad that I read Ever After.  Deveraux used to be one of my favorite romance authors, and then my attention shifted more toward mystery and suspense.  Reading Ever After was like visiting with an old friend again.  Deveraux grabbed my attention from the very beginning of Ever After and never let go.  Both Hallie and Jamie were well developed throughout the book, and I really enjoyed seeing both of them overcome their pasts together.  I also enjoyed Jamie's HUGE family full of such colorful characters themselves.  Ever After has it all drama, humor, intrigue, a few friendly ghosts, and romance.  If you are looking for a great summer read, then Ever After is the perfect book.  I definitely plan on checking out the Deveraux books that I missed as well as maybe pick up an old favorite again.

 

Received a copy of Ever After through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A New York Christmas by Anne Perry

I haven't read a lot of books by Anne Perry and especially not her Pitt series, but I really enjoyed jumping right into this book which delivers a non-traditional Christmas story.  I liked how the focus of the book was on the mystery and Jemima's quest to help her friend.  The book has many different twists and turns to keep the reader and Jemima guessing what really happened to Delphinia's mother.  Jemima is well developed in the book and the reader definitely connects with her as she faces dangers herself brought on by her quest.  Overall A New York Christmas proved to be an exciting read that can be enjoyed during the holidays or all year round.  I would definitely recommend this book, and I am looking forward to reading another one of Perry's books.

 

Received a copy of A New York Christmas through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Estep's Elemental Assassin series seems to just keep getting better and better with each book that I read.  I haven't read all of the books before this one, but I was able to jump right into this one and get caught up in all the action.  Estep does a great job at capturing the reader's attention from the very beginning and never letting go.  Gin goes through a lot in this book, and the threat causes some tension between Gin and her sister.  However this book also shows the strong bond the sisters share as well as just how strong Gin really is when threatened with something she never faced before.  Poison Promise has it all action, drama, some romance, and even some humor (just love that Finn) so if you are looking for a great read Poison Promise is that.  I would definitely recommend this book, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series,

 

Received a copy of Poison Promise through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

I have to say that so far I haven't come across a Jennifer Estep book that I haven't absolutely loved, and Cold Burn of Magic is definitely no exception.  At times reading this book, I felt the familiar pull of her other series (Elemental Assassin) which is a good thing, but this book and world definitely stands on its own.  I loved the main characters especially Lila who did remind me a little of Gin, and I really liked how Estep kept you guessing Lila's backstory giving up little bits throughout the book.  The other characters are also developed fairly well, and Estep definitely leaves it open for future books.  Cold Burn of Magic has action, adventure, cool abilities, family drama, and sets up a future war between the families.  Overall Cold Burn of Magic was an amazing read that I would most definitely recommend not just for young adults but adults as well.  I don't read a whole lot of young adult fiction, but this series has definitely proven itself to be must read for any age.

 

Received a copy of Cold Burn of Magic through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

The Shadow Revolution is the first book that I have read by these authors, and after reading this one it definitely won't be the last.  The Griffiths' did an amazing job with their world building thrusting the reader into an exciting new world full of scribes, alchemists, hunters, and werewolves.  The development of the main characters is also well done making the reader care about these characters and what happens to them.  Simon and Kate are the most developed in the book, and I like the friendship and partnership that forms between these two characters.  Malcolm and Nick also make their presence felt but still remain somewhat of a mystery making the reader want to move into the next book to find out more about them.  The Shadow Revolution has it all family drama, action, adventure, cool gadgets and weapons, evil villains, and a band of unusual heroes to save the day.  Overall The Shadow Revolution was a great read that I would most definitely recommend, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

Received a copy of The Shadow Revolution through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

House of the Rising Sun - Kristen Painter

House of the Rising Sun is the first book that I have read by Painter, but it definitely won't be my last.  Painter does an amazing job with her world building creating a world where fae, witches, and vampires live, and she brings to life a New Orleans that contains all three.  I absolutely loved the development of both main characters (Augustine and Harlow) as each face a trial that will change their lives forever, and I enjoyed how she brought these two characters together.  Both characters really grew from the beginning of the book to the end, and I am looking forward to seeing what these new directions for them both lead them in book two.  This book had many twists and turns keeping the reader's attention from beginning to end, and Painter did a good job setting up the next phase of the story in book two.  Overall House of the Rising Sun was an amazing read that I would definitely recommend if you enjoy urban fantasy with a dash of intrigue, drama, and some romance.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

Received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Veronica Mars Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas

Mr. Kiss and Tell - Jennifer Graham, Rob Thomas

Veronica Mars Mr. Kiss and Tell is a must read book for fans of the TV series Veronica Mars.  I loved the TV series as well as the new movie so I was thrilled to discover the two books that pick up where the movie ended.  If you are looking for a new adventure for Veronica and company, then this is the book for you.  I really enjoyed how this book picks up where book one ended dealing with Weevil's day in court and continuing Keith's story dealing with corruption in the sheriff's office.  I also enjoyed how Veronica's new case tied back into events of the past that had been explored on the show bringing up Veronica's past relationships with Duncan, Meg, and Meg's family as well as her own attack when she was younger.  This book also features more Logan which I absolutely loved, and I enjoyed seeing the development of this older and more mature Veronica and Logan relationship.  Overall Mr. Kiss and Tell was an amazing read, and I hope to see another Veronica adventure in the works.  

 

Received a copy of Mr. Kiss and Tell through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Death of a Liar by MC Beaton

Death of a Liar - M.C. Beaton

I have read and enjoyed Beaton's Agatha Raisin series however Death of a Liar was the first book that I have read in her Hamish MacBeth series.  Despite being a later book in the series, I was quickly able to jump right in and enjoy this book and especially the characters.  Hamish and his fellow villagers quickly drew me into their antics, and I enjoyed some humor mixed in with the mystery and drama.  The book is full of enough twists and turns as well as some smaller subplots that help keep the reader quickly turning the pages.  The mystery was well done, and I liked how things came together.  While I wouldn't necessarily recommend starting the series with this book, I did find that I enjoyed it enough to purchase book one myself so that I can start the series from the beginning.  Overall Death of a Liar proved to be an entertaining read.

 

Received a copy of Death of a Liar through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Criminal Confections by Colette London

Criminal Confections (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery) - Colette London

Criminal Confections is an excellent start to a new mystery series.  London introduces Hayden who definitely knows all about chocolate, and the reader gets to join Hayden at a chocolate convention.  When a colleague dies mysteriously, Hayden takes it upon herself to find out what happened.  A sort of semi triangle is formed when Hayden's friend Danny agrees to help her and her financial adviser, Travis, who she has never met but talks to a lot also provides assistance.  I did really find myself intrigued by the dynamics that these two characters had with Hayden, but this book really didn't delve into them to deeply.  Hopefully the next book will do that.  The book is full of enough twists and turns to keep the reader's attention, and overall it was a great read.  I look forward to reading Hayden's next adventure.

 

Received a copy of Criminal Confections through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

Slayed on the Slopes by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

Slayed on the Slopes (Pacific Northwest Mysteries) - Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

Slayed on the Slopes is the first book that I have read by Dyer-Seeley, but it definitely won't be the last.  I am a huge fan of cozy mystery books so I am always looking for new series to check out, and this book definitely made me a fan of this series.  Despite being book two, I was quickly able to catch up with these characters especially Meg.  Meg is well developed throughout the book, and the reader gets a good picture of the other secondary characters through Meg's interactions and relationships with them.  Having never gone skiing myself, I could really relate to the Meg character, and while she did make some mistakes throughout the course of the book I found that I really enjoyed this character.  The book is full of many twists and turns as well as some red herrings, and the climax when Meg faced off with the killer brought on chills.  i loved how high the author raised the stakes.  Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading more from this author and definitely more in this series.

 

Received a copy of Slayed on the Slopes through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas on Chestnut Street by Nancy Thayer

I hadn't read Nancy Thayer before so I wasn't sure what to expect with her holiday novel, but what I got was a heartwarming tale that was perfect for the holiday season.  Christmas on Chestnut Street had it all with family drama, humor, romance, and a perfect holiday wedding.  Like Felicia's mother, Jilly, I wasn't sure who I was supposed to be rooting for Felicia to end up with at first, but Thayer provided the reader with the perfect ending to her holiday story.  The characters were all developed really well making the reader feel like part of the family.  Overall Christmas on Chestnut Street proved to be a wonderful holiday read that I would most definitely recommend.  I look forward to reading more by this author.

 

Received a copy of Christmas on Chestnut Street through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper

I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas was the perfect holiday tale for fans of the paranormal.  Gigi returns home for the first time since her older sister has been turned into a vampire for Christmas.  This novella has it all family drama, humor, Christmas traditions, and supernatural beings just trying to have a traditional holiday full of food (for the humans), holiday movies, and of course holiday decorations.  I have to say out of all the holiday stories I read this year this one proved to be the most unexpected fun tale that I enjoyed.  I don't think that I had read this series before, but I definitely plan on checking out the rest of the series now.  Overall I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas was a supernaturally perfect holiday read that I would most definitely recommend.

 

Received a copy of I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Vampire Diaries Vol. 1 by Colleen Doran

The Vampire Diaries Volume One is a great treat for fans of the Vampire Diaries television show.  The volume features a collection of stories that build upon and give fans a little extra background to stories that were on the show.  Not only did the main characters (Elena, Damon, and Stefan) get featured in the stories but Jeremy, Alaric, and Bonnie also got stories of their own.  Overall Vampire Diaries Volume One featured some great tales about the characters that you enjoy from the show as well as some great artwork that really captures the essence of the characters of the show.  Plenty of action and drama in the volume keeps the reader's attention from beginning to end.  Overall Vampire Diaries Volume One proved to be a great read that I would definitely recommend to fans of the show.

 

Received a copy of Vampire Diaries Volume One through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Flight from Hell by by Yasmine Galenorn

I have read a couple of books in this series before, but it has been a while.  Flight from Hell was a great way to jump back into Galenorn's world and get caught back up in the lives of the D’Artigo sisters.  Despite not having read this series in a while, I was quickly able to catch up with what was currently going on with the sisters as well as enjoyed the introduction of the several new characters in the story.  I think that this novella serves as a great introduction to both series since I am now interested in checking out the new series as well as catch up on the old one.  Galenorn fit plenty of action into her tale, and the story definitely kept this reader's attention from beginning to end.  Overall Flight from Hell proved to be a great read that I would recommend to both new and old fans of the series.

 

Received a copy of Flight from Hell from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past: A Ballad Novella by Sharyn McCrumb

Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past is the first work that I have read by McCrumb, and I found that I really enjoyed it.  Both stories in novella captured the holiday spirit making for a heartwarming tale.  I enjoyed how Nora helped her new neighbors put to rest a ghost from her past at the same time the Sheriff and his Deputy inadvertently helped an elderly couple in the process of doing their job.  The characters were well developed considering the length and purpose of the storylines, and I found myself caught up in both tales.  I especially enjoyed the character of Nora.  McCrumb did a great job at creating a wonderful holiday tale, and I am definitely looking forward to checking out more books by this author.  Overall Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past proved to be a great holiday read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a heartwarming holiday tale.  

 

Received a copy of Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.