I received this audiobook for free for my honest review.
Second novels in a series are usually problematic. Not Mirror Mage! I already shared how muchI received this audiobook for free for my honest review.
Second novels in a series are usually problematic. Not Mirror Mage! I already shared how much I enjoyed Ancient Magic, and now I've had the chance to devour the next book too! What a great reading month it has been!
The story line gets more complex; the situation far more dangerous. Cass is a badass, and so are her friends and sisters and oh let's not forget the hottie Scot that has decided to be her protector! In Mirror Mage, Cass gets herself into some situations where her secrets are exposed, and her future is uncertain. But she goes into these situations willingly, to protect a young girl - because she is that honorable and brave. She won't let someone else suffer if she can do something about it.
But we also see the burden of Cass using her magic start to emerge as the fire inside her starts to take control. This can get very dangerous for her very quickly, as people who are protecting and keeping her secret may find out. Especially since we started seeing the threads of other key players starting to believe FireSouls may not be inherently evil. But what I loved most is the dedication and camaraderie between Cass and her sisters, as well as their two best friends and Aidan. These friends have her back, and will not turn away just because they find out who she is. Everyone should have friends like this!
This book is also a fun trip through ancient ruins and has more of that Indiana Jones and Lara Croft Tomb Raider feel that I loved from the first book. It helps that the author herself is an archeologist and that passion goes into her books. The audio narration was also very enjoyable and pleasant. I'm definitely a fan of this series, and will be adding the rest of the author's books to my wishlist. ...more
I received this audiobook from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my honest review.
I'm excited to have gotten a chance to read Ancient Magic because it wI received this audiobook from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my honest review.
I'm excited to have gotten a chance to read Ancient Magic because it was just what I needed. A fast-paced, exciting magical romp with kick-ass female characters, and a hot Scot to boot!
Cassie and her friends don't have memories of their youth but know that someone is out for them and that they are a forbidden entity. Oops. But they're not horrible people, really! So they're in hiding, hiding their true nature, just trying to get by without drawing attention their magical abilities too much. Cassie can't use her powers at all because she is too powerful and things just blow up. But she's also a super talented seeker of treasures and procures goods for sale in their magical shop. I do love a good magical shop and a fun tomb raiding. And yes, there were plenty of references to Lara Croft in this book.
Then sexy Aidan comes along. I mean, a powerful shifter and a Scottish accent? Sign me up! He hires Cassie to find a scroll, and as it turns out this scroll will out Cassie and her friends for what they are. Uh-oh. So now it's personal, and she's out to find it at all costs. But someone else is stealing magical artifacts too, and at every turn, more kicking butt happens and battles ensue. No worries, though, our shifter friend can heal people! Can he get even hotter?
Eventually, Cassie has to start using her magic to save herself or her friends, and we get to see her vulnerable side. The final battle with the lanky of the Monster who seeks them is quite epic and got me curious to see what happens next. Is Cassie going to work on her skills and go after the Monster herself one day? Are they going to keep being in hiding? Only future books will tell.
I'm also very curious to see the relationship develop between Cassie and Aidan. They would be awesome together, and there's enough tension there to start a fire any day now. Cassie just needs to trust more, which is hard to do when you've been running and hiding your entire life.
I also enjoyed the audio of this book. The narration was fun to listen to, and the narrator had a good voice, especially with Aidan's accent ;)
The first four books of the series are already out, though I don't know how many are planned. They are pretty short so are a fun taste of paranormal goodness without dragging on. Which, as I said, was exactly what I needed right now....more
This book was given to me complimentary and the opinion shared is my own.
The Feeding Toddlers book is full of great advice about eating healthy in genThis book was given to me complimentary and the opinion shared is my own.
The Feeding Toddlers book is full of great advice about eating healthy in general and feeding our little kids specifically. I love the points about taking the pressure off and not trying to force specific foods. Instead, offer healthy options at every meal and let them get used to seeing and selecting the foods.
We do have to change our mindsets about food, and involving the child in food preparation can help them want to eat it. So many adults have bad relationships with food, and we certainly don’t want to pass that onto our children.
I’m also very happy she discussed hiding vegetables and that it has a place. Yes, it isn’t going to help in the long run. But yes, it will help my child eat healthier today.
I liked that the book also contains suggestions for healthy meals that are pretty simple. She suggests ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into the meals, and that’s wonderful....more
Texas – I wasn’t born here, but I got here as fast I could ;) A bit of an adaptation of a famous quote (from a song by Bobby Boyd); we see it on bumpeTexas – I wasn’t born here, but I got here as fast I could ;) A bit of an adaptation of a famous quote (from a song by Bobby Boyd); we see it on bumper stickers and t-shirts. There is something very special about Texas – the culture, the atmosphere, the people, the pride in our state’s achievements. That’s why I loved learning about the book Texas In Her Own Words.
What’s a history book without being a history book? Texas In Her Own Words is that. It is a compilation of stories and interviews from Texans telling everyone what makes Texas great. They share historical facts as well as their own experiences. They share Texas’s heart and soul, to really give an outsider the understanding of what Texas really is.
Some chapters stood out to me more than others of the ones I read. For example, Joel W. Richardson’s chapter contains a list of “rules” for moving to Texas. A fun tongue-in-cheek list of how Texans behave. Such as, Texans open doors for women. And yes, everyone drives trucks and you will get dust on your car no matter how slow you drive so move it and don’t forget to wave.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“We think of ourselves at Texans even if we’re transplanted.” Don Taylor - SO true! Like I said, I wasn’t born here, I wasn’t even born in the States, but I’m very much Texan thankyouverymuch!
“When I get in the state of Texas I can relax because I know I am amongst friends no matter where I am.” Robert Higginbotham - Something special about the people here just makes us connect with them. And if you’re travelling and learn someone else is from Texas? Instant friend, amIrite?
So yes, if you’re a Texan (or just wish you were) check out Texas In her Own Words. You might just find a personal story or interview that you really connect with, and can learn a lot too ...more
I was given a complimentary copy of this audiobook for my honest review from Audiobook Boom.
The Heart Thief has an intriguing premise and the cover giI was given a complimentary copy of this audiobook for my honest review from Audiobook Boom.
The Heart Thief has an intriguing premise and the cover gives it an ethereal feel, so I expected a whimsical paranormal YA. But this isn't too whimsical, and I would say a bit dark and twisted for a YA novel. This book was a gruesome part police procedural with a creepy serial killer, part paranormal with magic and demon realms and mad scientists.
The main character Ezra has a special ability that he only begins to manifest and explore as this inhuman monster creature is literally tearing hearts out of people's chests. These events are described in quite a bit of detail, and poor Ezra wakes up to drawings he has made of these murders. He teams up with a cute girl from his class and a family who is very suspiciously awkward, and cold to the touch, with some interesting abilities of their own.
So like I said, really interesting premise. The idea is quite Buffy or Supernatural. And that is right up my alley. So I really wanted to enjoy it more, but it was mostly just alright for me.
The story itself kind of dragged for me because the madman kept collecting these hearts, from a specific bloodline of people, and it seemed like no one could stop him. Not even the other doctor who followed him out to that little town. He almost just stands by. That bothered me a lot. DO SOMETHING, don't just observe and have Ezra astral project himself to find the lair. It felt like the cop was the bigger hero, and he even couldn't do much against the magic and the UBERMENSCH.
The set up for the series of demonic realms and all is quite fascinating, and some interesting bombs were dropped at the very end. But I think me and this writing style don't get along well. I want more Buffy, and less Law and Order. The narration was good for what this was, but the style didn't help the police procedural feel of this read. The narrator did great with accents, though!...more