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This book got great reviews and I was anxious to listen to it.  The audio was read by Mandy Williams who is a phenomenal narrator.  When I red Entwined, it was her narration that kept me listening to the book, not the actual story.  In this story, we meet Sinda, who at 16, discovers that she is not real the royal princess, but was used as a place holder to keep the princess safe after a horrible prophecy is read.  Sinda has always believed she will one day be the ruled of Thorvaldor, but now must cope with life as a commoner.  First she is sent to live with her aunt, a dyer, but she is incapable of doing the mundane tasks commoner’s must.  However, she discovers that she has magic and decides to go back to the capital to get training.  She ends up in the house of an eccentric wizard and starts to learn about her magic.  But trickery is afoot and Sinda uncovers a dastardly plot that she knows she must put a stop to.

In the midst of this upheaval, is her bff Kiernan, who is an Earl’s son.  She thinks he will no longer want to be friends with her because she is now a commoner, but she couldn’t be more wrong.  And with his help, she will unmask a traitor to the throne and save Thorvaldor.  A thrilling tale with lots of twists and turns.

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Cat is married to Bones and they are off fighting a ghoul that wants to end the world.  It’s good times for this newly turned vampire.  Though not by favorite by far, it has some good action scenes.  I picked it up and put it down and picked it back up several times, but if you are a fan of urban fantasy that involved vampires, ghosts and ghouls with action and love, you would pry enjoy this one.

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I liked this book, but wasn’t overly enamored of the author’s reading of it.  I thought it was quirky and harkened back to bygone children’s books.  Our heroine, September, is plucky and full of a spirit of adventure.  She meets many marvelous creatures on her trip to fairyland and even vanquishes a great evil.  It is very reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz and I think kids will love this book.  However, while I thought the book was fabulous, I didn’t care for the way the author narrated it.  If I had to do it over again, I would just read it.

 

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Serena is a lady, but she is held at the mercy of her stepfather who is a gambler of the worst sort.  He insists that she help him run a Gaming Hell.  Serena hopes to escape from her miserable life. Sebastian is required by his uncle to marry a woman of ill repute.  He once loved Serena and decides that she will do perfectly for this scheme.  But there is a lot more to overcome before these two lovebirds can be together.  The second in a trilogy of historical romance.

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This is a wonderfully fractured fairytale.  It tells the story of Snow White’s Wicked Stepmother and how she has been wrongly accused.  Mellie is living in modern day California and is bound and determined to change the image of Stepmothers.  But while at a protest rally, she meets Prince Charming and starts to wonder if there isn’t another way to get her message across.  Charming suggests she writes a book like Gregory Maguire did.  She thinks it is a wonderful idea and soon the two of them are working together.  Of course they fall in love, but it is not as straightforward as you think.  I love that this book is about the stepmother and not a retelling of one of the princesses.  A delightful tale.

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 A fun paranormal romance about a witch who is also a supernatural policewoman. When she meets the owner of a night club, who also happens to be a demon, she falls for him. Declan isn’t like other demons though and soon the two of them are working together to protect a young girl who is the key to unleashing The Destroyer. This is a funny book with lots of action and witty asides.

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Darke by Angie Sage

In the most recent Septimus Heap book, most of the action takes place in and around the castle which is interesting as that is not usually the case. Sptimus must complete a Darke week in which he enters the Darke to complete a task. Marcia Overstrand has accidentally banished the ghost of Alther Mella and Septimus decides that for his task he will get him back. But before he can do that, a Darke domain enters the castle and everything is thrown into chaos. The audio version of the book was superb and made the story even better than if I had read it. A thrilling installment in the series.

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