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First book in a new series about Nick Gautier.  We never really knew Nick’s story up til now, and this book starts to tell it….kind of.  I have always loved Nick as a character and was devastated when he started hating Ash, but now I think we might get to change the story.  He is also phenomenally powerful and this time he has someone working on his side….himself.    More of a YA book than her others, Kenyon once again manages to wow and amaze us with her amazing storytelling.  Can’t wait til the next one comes out.

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This is a very clever book.  Ivy is a princess, but has never acted like a princess. When she learns that she will be locked in a tower on her 14th birthday, she is angry.  And then she finds out that whoever slays the dragon gets to marry her.  Ummm, I don’t think so.  She soon finds that the dragon is actually very nice.  They decide to stop this insanity once and for all so they go off to find a solution.  This book reminds me a lot of Patricia C. Wrede’s dragon books, but for a slightly younger reader.  Ivy is a spunky heroine and the dragon is very funny.  All in all, a great book.

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  Normally I love reading ARCs, but this time I was devastated.  The book was so good, but now I will have to wait even longer to find out what happens with Meg, Puck and Ash!  Nevertheless, I loved reading this one now.  The book opens with Meg in Tir Na Nog where she is fulfilling her promise to Ash.  Life in the Winter Court is hard, but it isn’t until Ash treats her incredibly cruelly that Meg feels truly sad.  Soon, however, the Iron Fey are back to steal a scepter and Meg, Ash, and Puck must track it down in California.  Enemies become allies and allies become enemies as we travel through more Faery realms and learn more about Meg’s burgeoning powers.  I am intrigued by where Kagawa is going with this.  It reminds me a bit of Melissa Marr’s urban fantasy books, but a bit less dark.  I have loved both books and the novella so far and can’t wait to see where she takes the series.

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  First off, I love the cover.  It captivated me right from the start.   Mermaid’s Mirror is a well told story about a young girl’s coming of age (in a sense).  Lena is about to turn 16 and has always felt a pull to the water.  You slowly learn that there is some mysteries in her life such as why she keeps waking up only to find herself sitting on the beach and also what really happened to her mom 12 years ago.  Lena is a great character, but a strong main character does not mean a great book.  What makes Mermaid’s Mirror so great is the secondary characters and interweaving plotlines that all come together in a triumphant finish.  I doubt you will be surprised to learn that this is a book about mermaids, but the true meaning behind the title doesn’t come out until late in the book. 

I loved it!

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Set in Regency England, Shameless is the third tale of the Banning sisters and her fall into love. Lady Elizabeth has broken off three engagements, but it is only when she is kidnapped and nearly sold into prostitution that her reputation comes tumbling down.  The only thing to do is marry, but her family is having none of it.  Nevertheless, Elizabeth has a strong will and is determined to do the right thing by the man whose life she has turned upside down.  With people plotting his demise, Neil Severin has no business falling in love, but that is exactly what he does.  Lady Elizabeth is like no one else and will be his ruin or his salvation.  He is a rogue and a gentleman and is determined to finish his task, no matter what stands in his way.  This topsy turvy tale is full of drama and excitement and love.

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This book is a series of four tales from the various worlds Shinn has created.  My favorite was the one about Senneth in which we see what happens immediately before the events in Reader and RAelynx take place.  IT shows us how Senneth first learns about moonstones and their effect on her.  We also have the story of Crown Princess Zara although I was not able to find any other of Shinn’s books set in this world.  She is whisked away from danger, but is thrust into an even more dangerous place where she might lose all she holds dear.  All in all, a good set of short stories.

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I read some of the other angel books by Shinn, but was completely capitavted by this one.  It goes from the realm of fantasy to Sci-Fi.  According to a small sect of people, Jovah is not a god, but a spaceship that sends down medicines when needed to heal people.  The ship monitors and tracks the inhabitants on the planet for record keeping.  The Archangel wants to get rid of the sect so that no one will question Jovah, but soon some unlikely allies will help them including several angels.  There is of course the unlikely love between completely unsuitable people as they battle for the fate of the world.  What I couldn’t figure out was where in the timeline of the books this one took place.  Was it hundreds of years after Archangel and Jovah’s Angel?  I couldn’t tell, but all in all I liked this one the best of all the angel books.

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