Just like its predecessor, Hounded, Hexed delivers tons of action and lots of laughs. After ridding the woFor more reviews, go to www.readinista.com.
Just like its predecessor, Hounded, Hexed delivers tons of action and lots of laughs. After ridding the world of an obnoxious god and most of the demons he released into the world, you would think Atticus O’Sullivan could get more than a three week break. Nope. Instead, this ancient druid is bombarded by misbehaving demons, irritated gods, and evil witches. Hexed has a lot of the same spirit and energy that Hounded had but I think I liked Hexed a little bit more. Mainly because, at this point in the series, a lot of the character development is out of the way and the actions ensues. And there is lots of it.
The main conflict in Hexed is centered around a coven of nasty, evil witches. Like supported the Nazis, evil. Atticus teams up with another coven a witches, the good or at least better kind of witches, and some werewolves to take out the mean coven. However, they prove to be a formidable foe.
In my Hounded review, I forget to mention one of the best characters in the series. Oberon is Atticus’ trusty Irish Wolfhound, with a heart of gold. He fights along side his master, saves the day, provides witty commentary on all of Atticus’ enemies, and is just plan awesome. Oberon makes this book. I can’t believe I forgot to mention him in my Hounded review because he is my favorite characters.
Once again, the narrator is fantastic. There is such a wide range of characters in these books and performs every character well and with a believable voice. Another great road trip audiobook. It’s fun, engaging, and impossible to stop listening to.
Overall, I highly recommend this series. Kevin Hearne doesn’t disappoint. I’m eagerly looking forward to my next road trip when I get to listen to the next book in the series....more
I never thought you could cram so much paranormal into one book and still have it worth reading. Hounded is a smorgasbord of paranormal. There are witI never thought you could cram so much paranormal into one book and still have it worth reading. Hounded is a smorgasbord of paranormal. There are witches, werewolves, vampires, faeries, demons, shape shifters, gods, goddesses, and I have a feeling there will be even more thrown in the upcoming books in the series. On top of that, the main character is an ancient Celtic druid and, despite his grand old age, looks like he’s a wee 21 year old. He also lives in Arizona. Rather than being overly paranormal and ridiculous, Hounded is perfectly balanced with humor, action, lore, and romance.
Basically, Atticus, the main character, is a bad ass who tries to live out his humble druid existent blending in with modern society. You see, ever since the battle several centuries ago, he’s had this magical sword, Fragarach, that supposedly belonged to a god. Well, that god has been hunting Atticus ever since, and not in a very nice way either. Atticus ends up fighting off faeries, furbolgs, and daemons. On top of that, some other gods have decided to pay him a visit as well. Some morbidly terrifying, some violent, and some a little more playful. Atticus calls on his vampire and werewolf friends, who are also his lawyers, for help. Some witches join the fight too. He’s a pretty popular guy if you can’t tell. All of these visits lead Atticus to believe that something troubling is going on in the world of the gods.
Combine all that with witty references to Star Wars and countless other science fiction movies and books, and Hounded is every urban fantasy fan’s dream. Author Kevin Hearne delivers such a fun, fast read that it is sure to have readers of all types loving this book. I could tell this was the first book in the series because there was so much character development but it was still good.
If you are looking for a great road trip book, look no further. My husband and I really enjoyed listening to Hounded on a 10 hour road trip. The audiobook’s length was just right. The narration was also well done. Luke Daniels performed great voices for all of the main characters and the book’s many other bizarre creatures.
Overall, Hounded is a fun read, or listen. I highly recommend it!...more
From the description, Preservation started off how exactly as I expected it would, but then the story took me by surprise. It went in another directioFrom the description, Preservation started off how exactly as I expected it would, but then the story took me by surprise. It went in another direction completely, and then some twists and turns were added. Preservation held my attention steadily and, when I reached the end, it left me wanting more. And then the author actually gave me more by including two bonus chapters. *Hallelujah choir*
Twenty-five year old college student, Kate Parker, has a busy life of studying writing and working to pay for college and for care for her sick mother. This lifestyle makes her keep men at a distance in an effort to simplify things. That is, until she starts falling hard for her 2o something year old teacher and he starts falling for her too. To complicate things even more, he has a reputation of dating his students and breaking their hearts. Kate must figure out if she is different or just another one of his flings.
As mentioned earlier, the book summary only describes the first part of book. Her relationship with her teacher, also known as Ryan, gets hot and heavy fast. Their attraction is undeniable and soon things get serious. Then about half way through, things start to change. The student teacher relationship is no longer an issue and the focus changes to Kate’s writing career. As her career takes off, her relationship with Ryan gets rocky.
I liked this shift in the story. It was unexpected but welcomed. If the entire book had been about a taboo student teacher relationship, I would have been bored. Kate goes through many ups and downs and her journey kept me glued to the book. For most of the book, I could never guess what was going to happen. That’s huge a plus in my book. Predictable stories are no fun to read.
I also like Kate’s two amazing friends, Carter and Dean. They are supportive, unselfish, funny, and protective. At times, I thought her relationship with them was a tad unrealistic. Both Carter and Dean have crushes on Kate, and it was a tad bit unbelievable to me that they would change from not likely Kate’s relationship to Ryan to encouraging her relationship with him so easily. Regardless, I still liked their characters and they often provided comic relief.
The reason I gave Preservation four stars is because of my mixed feelings about the ending. It would spoil things if I explained too much in detail why, so I will be pretty vague. Something happens to Kate that’s pretty bad. Something that if it happened to me, would be very, very hard to forgive and forget. Kate forgave just a little too easily for me. I was okay with the forgiving part, but not happy with how quickly she forgave.
Overall, I had a ton of fun reading Preservation. Wade delivers an addicting romance and that left me wishing for more. Seriously, I’m kind of going through withdrawals right now. I will warn younger readers that this book is meant for adults as there are frequent sexual encounters. It is a romance. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book to romance and contemporary readers and fans of Rachael Wade.
Thank you to Rachael Wade for providing me with a copy of Preservation in exchange for an honest review....more
Don Carina was a delightful break from the norm for me. Set in Southern Italy primarily during WWII, the book tSee more reviews on www.readinista.com.
Don Carina was a delightful break from the norm for me. Set in Southern Italy primarily during WWII, the book takes the reader through the life of Carina. From the death of her father to her arranged marriage to a Mafia boss, Carina is dealt many tough cards throughout her life but she remains resilient through each challenge. She is a remarkable heroine who defies the gender barriers of her time to protect her family and I am thrilled to now know her story.
When her father died, Carina had to become the ‘man’ or head of the household. This meant she had to learn how to read, write, and manage her family’s finances, something that was unheard of for women in the 1930′s. Her role as head of the household doesn’t last for long as she is soon sold into marriage with a Mafia boss Russo, also known as the Prince of Naples. Her marriage is difficult for her at first, but she learns to love Russo and soon they start a family.
Her education from earlier comes in handy as she steps in to help Russo with the financial affairs of his many businesses. After years of working with her husband, she learns the inner workings of Russo’s operations and becomes a trusted business confidant to her husband. However, war shows up their doorstep and when a bomb leaves Russo mentally incapacitated Carina has to cease control of the business. To do so, she must become Russo.
Carina’s character is my favorite thing about Don Carina. She is strong, smart, determined, endearing, and easy to relate to and sympathize with. She is forever thinking of her family and how to best protect them. When others around her want to take blind action, she is calm and strategical plans the best way to handle the challenge. However, not everyone agrees with a woman as a Mafia boss. Carina is constantly watching her back and having to out smart those who would do her and her family harm.
Carina’s story is an incredible adventure and one that will continue to surprise you. Full of action, romance, history, and more Don Carina moves a good pace and rarely has a dull moment. I was fascinated to learn more about the history of WWII in Italy, a bonus considering this book’s many highlights. Truly a phenomenal story.
Thank you to Ron Russell for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for a honest review....more
Putting it all out there, I’m a sucker for dog books. I’m a dog lover and it’s easy for me to fall in love wiFind more reviews on www.readinista.com.
Putting it all out there, I’m a sucker for dog books. I’m a dog lover and it’s easy for me to fall in love with any story about a dog. However, the dog in this book is not what made me like Stay. The cute fluffy dog was just a bonus. Instead, it was the main character that captured my heart. I felt for her and related to her, a little too well. I could literally feel her pain as well as her joy. This pulled me into the story and made it difficult for me to put down.
Savannah, Van for short, is in love with her best friend’s husband, Peter. Long before the marriage, Van and Peter almost became romantically involved. They were almost together, until Peter met Van’s best friend, Janie. Despite Peter’s relationship to Janie, Peter still harbored feelings for Van, and Van for him. On top of this, her mother passed away recently. After their wedding, when she is feeling down and lonely, Van drinks herself into a drunken stupor and orders a puppy from the internet. This puppy is far from what she expected but ends up being exactly what she needs.
Stay is a contemporary romantic novel starring a woman and dog. As I mentioned earlier, Stay is not about the dog but it’s also not about the romance. Instead it’s about Van’s growth as a woman and a friend. The romance and the dog are more like sub plots. This surprised me. I was expecting the romance and the dog’s story to be the dominant plot. Van has some things to work through, and the story is focused on her personal growth and mending.
Overall, I really enjoyed Stay. I looked forward to reading it every day after work and was sad when I couldn’t squeeze it into my day. Van was an easy to relate to character for me, not because I’ve experienced everything she has, but because the author made me feel for Van’s situation. Her puppy, Joe, is adorable and, as with most dog books, is easy to love. In addition, Larkin sends a positive message, which is often rare to find these days. I recommend Stay to fans of contemporary fiction and those who enjoy a story with a little bit of romance....more