Fantastic Creatures Anthology

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t been around in a long long time! With the kids and work, this blog has been taking the back burner. However, I have still been reading, of course, and just read some amazing books. I will hopefully get back to reviewing and updating again soon!

In the meantime, one of the authors I work with, Kandi Wyatt, is releasing the Fantastic Creatures Anthology (along with other great authors). This book sounds amazing! Check it out, along with the giveaway too!

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Guest Post: Jenetta James

A surfeit of lovers! Reading and writing stories in two time periods…

When I was quite young I read a now slightly forgotten classic called “Green Darkness” by Anya Seaton and ever since then, I have had a real soft spot for novels which feature more than one time period. I have loved various others including “Possession” by A. S. Byatt and the novels of Lauren Willig and Kate Morton. I must confess that I am probably the only person left in the English speaking world (and beyond) who has not read “Outlander”, but I have it and have been looking forward to it for ages. Basically, there is something about a story crossing eras and stepping over the stones of time, that just pulls me in.

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Review: The Spirit Seducer

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The dream comes every night: A warrior clad in leather and wielding a spear, fighting off demons with the heads of jackrabbits and pumas. Defending her.

Echo Ruiz knows it’s ridiculous. There’s no one in Santa Fe less likely to need defending. Thanks to the migraines, she’s confined to her mother’s house. Her Native American Studies classes are online, and she hasn’t made a new friend in a decade.

Until her twenty-first birthday party, when trickster Coyote himself shows up. An hour later, Echo is on the run from the power-hungry god. Her headaches are gone. Her mother is a hostage, and she’s been thrust into a mirror-world of deadly loveliness to fight or die.

Her dream warrior? He’s as real as the sweat on her skin. His name is Zeke, and he remembers a lot more about Echo than she does about him. So does her best friend, Layla, who has secrets Echo’s never guessed.

But if Echo wants to defeat Coyote—if she wants to survive—she’ll have to discover the way herself. Because that’s one ending the legends have never told…

(Blurb from Goodreads)

I read The Spirit Seducer in two nights. It hooked me from the beginning and was completely action packed.

I was really excited when the god, Coyote, came into the story, just because I have read stories with him in it before, and I wondered what he would be like in this one. I was not disappointed! He was a giant being (literally) and still a trickster that he’s known to be.

The only thing that I wish was different was a little less action. I know that probably sounds ridiculous, but I think it would have been nice for the characters to take a breather for second and the reader could get a better feel for them. I feel like Echo was almost always in fight or flight mode that we didn’t really see any of her usual self. I just felt like the action took away from what could have been a place to contribute to character development. I wanted to hear her thoughts more, rather than always see her fighting for her life.

However, I did really enjoy the book; it was hard to put down. All in all this was a great debut in the urban fantasy world. Job well done Ms. Padgett!

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***I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.***

Review: The Wild Curse

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The game is neverending in the faerie realm. It must be played constantly, and death is just the beginning of defeat.

Lily Boyd is determined to be more than a pawn in this faerie game. With the Wild Horn in her possession, she holds the key to the Wild Hunt, an unstoppable force neither human nor fay can control. The Wild Hunt has the power to unbalance the Courts in the faerie realm. It’s the perfect bargaining chip for Lily to save her grandmother, but she must play the game wisely if she hopes to succeed. On one side, she has a deal with Cadowain, a Seelie knight who vowed to help Lily in her quest. On the other side, she is at the mercy of Troy, a trickster Kelpie from the Unseelie Court who can command her at will using her True Name.

Whatever path she chooses, Lily must walk a fine line, keeping her head, wit, and words about her as she formulates a plan to find the Faerie Doctor before it’s too late. She’s playing for the win now, and to achieve that, she must live up to her new name . . . the Herald of the Wild Hunt.

(Blurb from Goodreads)

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