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Archive for November, 2007

In her latest Masters of Time book, Joyce introduces Allie Monroe, a young woman of 25 who can heal just about anything.  But dark forces want to use her powers for evil and it is up to Royce to stop them.  What they didn’t plan on was falling in love.  In a tragic accident, Royce is killed and so Allie begs Aidan (another warrior) to take her back to 1430.  Royce is none too pleased to see her and Allie will have to use all her wiles to show him she really does love him while staying away from the evil that stalks her.  An intriguing look at time travel, this is a new look at historical, fantasy romance. 

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The Honorable Marksley (Avalon Romance)

In this rather convoluted tale, Richard Marksley is conned into covering up one of his cousin’s mistakes yet again.  It is never really clear why he agrees though.  His cousin has supposedly ruined a proper young lady while posing as Richard.  So now his aunt insists that Richard do the honorable thing and marry the girl.  But Hallie Ashton is hiding a secret that she does not want Richard to find out.  So though the two are at odds, both start to see how perfect they are for each other.  Amidst lots of drama they do get married, but all is not solved by that.  This is a more sedate romance book and entirely proper in terms of the intimate moments portrayed.  I would not hesitate to recommend it to a young teen who is interested in reading romance. 

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Jamie Macpherson has come back home after many years away because of his brothers’ deaths.  Something foul is afoot and he is determined to know what is going on.  His father is seeing his brothers’ ghosts and everyone is acting strangely.  Then there is the agreement to marry a neighboring laird’s daughter.  That turns out to be a gift from the gods.  Set in the 14th century, this historical romance transcends the typical highland romance fare usually offered up by authors by adding a touch of magic to the mix.  I hesitate to call it magical realism, but it treads the line between the fantastic and the everyday.  A well told tale.

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Typical historical romance.  Tee latest in the Bastion club series by Laurens.  Fluffy fun and not too serious. Gervase, an earl, keeps getting called back to his estate by mischief his sister’s are causing.  They don’t want him to find a wife in London and so keep breaking things to keep him at home.  Once he promises to look for a bride closer to home they back down.  Enter neighbor Madeline who has taken care of her three brothers since her fathers death many years before.  She is seen as off hte market and more of a man, but Gervase sees past that to the woman beneath.  Enter illicit passion and a cold ruthless thief and voila you have a story. 

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Charlie Benjamin has always had nightmares, but unlike most kids, his come true and wreak havoc on the world around him.  One night, just when Charlie is about to be gobbled up by a 5th level creature, a motley assortment of characters comes tumbling into his bedroom to save him and tell him what his future could hold.  Charlie has The Gift and can use it to banish nightmares back to their world.  Soon he is enrolled at Nightmare Academy where he learns to harness his fears, find friends at last and discover what his Gift can do.  But soon disaster strikes and his parents are kidnapped.  Can Charlie and his new friends save them in time?  A fun twist on nightmares.  The illustrations were fantastic and really made the story come alive.  I can’t wait to see what happens to Charlie and his friends next.

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Madlen, Bryn, and Cam are just three kids living in their worlds until they learn that they are the hope of the future.  Each of their worlds is dependant on the other, but the balance is off and it is up to them to restore it.  London House is the place that keeps it all in check and has come up with a plan to save everything: create three heroes who can find the tools needed to complete the quest and save the world.  So they do just that, but the world needs saving before the heroes are really old enough.  But it is them or nothing and so Madlen, Bryn, and Cam are sent to try and complete the quest or die trying.  Meanwhile dark forces are at work (aren’t they always) that will try to thwart the children at every turn.  A fast paced adventure novel, this book is decent if not great.  The characters are interesting even if the plot is not as smooth as it could be.  I think that though the story wrapped up neatly, there will be more in this series.  There is too much of the back story yet to be told and I presume that means the author did not have to cram it all in to this book since it would be in the next one.  We’ll see.

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MacKayla Lane used to be a pretty southern belle with happy thoughts of the husband and family she would one day have filling her head.  Now she is a woman changed.  Haunted by the death of her sister, Mac has changed her life of pretty in pink to punk rock so that she can avenge her sister’s death.  Oh and did I mention she can see Fae?  After coming to Ireland to find her sister’s killer, Mac has learned that her entire life is a lie and that she is blessed (or cursed) with strange abilities.  No one is her friend, and she has many enemies, but she is determined to succeed.  This is a dark, brooding book that takes the stories of the Fae and casts them in an eery modern light.  Mac is a lovable character whose whole life has been turned upside down in a short period of time.  I look forward to seeing what Moning cooks up next for our feisty heroine. 

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