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Stars: 3 / 5

My Recommendation: Another good novella that would give the readers a glimpse into the Psy-Changeling world, filled with Psy, Changeling and Humans, who are living together, ruled by Psy but the other two races making the playing field even. Of course we get to see more of those smaller characters who do add more to the tapestry.

Stroke of Enticement is the second novella in the long-running Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, first published in the anthology The Magical Christmas Cat in October of 2008 and later published as part of Wild Invitation anthology in March of 2013. The primary plot revolves around Angelica "Annie" Kildaire - a Human teacher for the Changelings - and Zachary "Zach" Quinn - a DarkRiver Leopard ranger. 

Psy-Changeling series focuses on three races living side-by-side on Earth - The icy Psy who rule the world but are facing the fall of Silence; the Changelings of varied kind with natural mental barriers to fight the unwanted entry of any Psy into their brains; and the Humans considered the weaker of the three but have decided to level the playing field. The series shows the readers to the downfall of Psy, their drawbacks, why all three races are needed for survival of each other, and above all finding mates across races thus disintegrating the walls further.

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Stars: 3 / 5

My Recommendation: An exciting continuation into a series filled with Psy, Changeling and Humans, who are living together, ruled by Psy but the other two races making the playing field even. Of course there is romance, passion, war, friendship, loyalties and betrayals along the line. 

Hostage to Pleasure is the fifth book in the long running Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh, published in September of 2008. The primary plot revolves around Dorian Christensen - a DarkRiver Sentinel and Sniper - and Ashaya Aliene - an M-Psy working for the Council.

Psy-Changeling series focuses on three races living side-by-side on Earth - The icy Psy who rule the world but are facing the fall of Silence; the Changelings of varied kind with natural mental barriers to fight the unwanted entry of any Psy into their brains; and the Humans considered the weaker of the three but have decided to level the playing field. The series shows the readers to the downfall of Psy, their drawbacks, why all three races are needed for survival of each other, and above all finding mates across races thus disintegrating the walls further.

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Stars: 2.5 / 5

My Recommendation: An exciting continuation into a series filled with Psy, Changeling and Humans, who are living together, ruled by Psy but the other two races making the playing field even. Of course there is romance, passion, war, friendship, loyalties and betrayals along the line. Although in this the heroine irritated me a bit, making it my least favorite book so far.

Mine to Possess is the fourth book in the long running Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh, published in February of 2008. The primary plot revolves around Clay Bennett - a DarkRiver Leopard Sentinel - and Talin "Tally" McKade - a human working as a Guardian for Shine Foundation.

Psy-Changeling series focuses on three races living side-by-side on Earth - The icy Psy who rule the world but are facing the fall of Silence; the Changelings of varied kind with natural mental barriers to fight the unwanted entry of any Psy into their brains; and the Humans considered the weaker of the three but have decided to level the playing field. The series shows the readers to the downfall of Psy, their drawbacks, why all three races are needed for survival of each other, and above all finding mates across races thus disintegrating the walls further.

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Stars: 3 / 5

My Recommendation: An cute little novella in a series filled with Psy, Changeling and Humans, who are living together, ruled by Psy but the other two races making the playing field even. Bright shades of love and romance that cover the dark undercurrents of the primary books, making this a lighter read.

Beat of Temptation is the first novella in the long-running Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, first published in the anthology An Enchanted Season in October of 2007 and later published as part of Wild Invitation anthology in March of 2013. The primary plot revolves around Nathan "Nate" Ryder - a DarkRiver Leopard soldier - and Tamsyn "Tammy" Mahaire - a DarkRiver Leopard Healer.

Psy-Changeling series focuses on three races living side-by-side on Earth - The icy Psy who rule the world but are facing the fall of Silence; the Changelings of varied kind with natural mental barriers to fight the unwanted entry of any Psy into their brains; and the Humans considered the weaker of the three but have decided to level the playing field. The series shows the readers to the downfall of Psy, their drawbacks, why all three races are needed for survival of each other, and above all finding mates across races thus disintegrating the walls further.

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Stars: 3 / 5

My Recommendation: An exciting continuation into a series filled with Psy, Changeling and Humans, who are living together, ruled by Psy but the other two races making the playing field even. Of course there is romance, passion, war, friendship, loyalties and betrayals along the line. 

Caressed by Ice is the third book in the long running Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh, published in September of 2007. The primary plot revolves around Judd Lauren - a defected Psy into the SnowDancer Wolf Changeling Pack - and Brenna Shane Kincaid - a SnowDancer Wolf who was rescued from a Psy Serial Killer.

Psy-Changeling series focuses on three races living side-by-side on Earth - The icy Psy who rule the world but are facing the fall of Silence; the Changelings of varied kind with natural mental barriers to fight the unwanted entry of any Psy into their brains; and the Humans considered the weaker of the three but have decided to level the playing field. The series shows the readers to the downfall of Psy, their drawbacks, why all three races are needed for survival of each other, and above all finding mates across races thus disintegrating the walls further.

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Stars: 3 / 5

My Recommendation: An exciting continuation into a series filled with Psy, Changeling and Humans, who are living together, ruled by Psy but the other two races making the playing field even. Of course there is romance, passion, war, friendship, loyalties and betrayals along the line. 

Visions of Heat is the second book in the long running Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh, published in March of 2007. The primary plot revolves around Vaughn D'Angelo - a DarkRiver Sentinel, a Jaguar - and Faith NightStar - an F-Psy, a Psy with Foresight.

Psy-Changeling series focuses on three races living side-by-side on Earth - The icy Psy who rule the world but are facing the fall of Silence; the Changelings of varied kind with natural mental barriers to fight the unwanted entry of any Psy into their brains; and the Humans considered the weaker of the three but have decided to level the playing field. The series shows the readers to the downfall of Psy, their drawbacks, why all three races are needed for survival of each other, and above all finding mates across races thus disintegrating the walls further.

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Stars: 3 / 5

My Recommendation: A fitting beginning for me as a reader to get me into the series filled with Psy, Changeling and Humans, who are living together, ruled by Psy but the other two races making the playing field even. Of course there is romance, passion, war, friendship, loyalties and betrayals along the line. 

Slave to Sensation is the very first book in the long running Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh, published in September of 2006. The primary plot revolves around Lucas Hunter - alpha of DarkRiver Leopard Changelings - and Sascha Duncan - a Cardinal Psy and daughter of a powerful Psy Council member.

Psy-Changeling series focuses on three races living side-by-side on Earth - The icy Psy who rule the world but are facing the fall of Silence; the Changelings of varied kind with natural mental barriers to fight the unwanted entry of any Psy into their brains; and the Humans considered the weaker of the three but have decided to level the playing field. The series shows the readers to the downfall of Psy, their drawbacks, why all three races are needed for survival of each other, and above all finding mates across races thus disintegrating the walls further.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Another eye candy kind-of plot that not only pleases the primary senses of the readers, but also touches the romantic hearts who want a happy ending, despite the serious family dynamics.

Rebel Hard is the second book in the Hard Play Series by Nalini Singh published in September of 2018. The primary plot revolves around Heera Nayna Sharma - an accountant and friend of Isalind Rain - and Raj Sen - the hot guy Nayna meets at a party.

This series focuses on the Bishop-Esera clan that we met in the second book, Rock Hard, in the Rock Kiss Series. A family that totally revolves around Rugby, love, friendship and above all deep emotional family bonds. We had seen Gabriel "Gabe" Bishop's, the oldest son of the clan, story in that book where he falls in love with Charlotte "Charlie" Baird. However, in Rock Wedding, Nalini Singh mentions that since she hadn't given a proper wedding for Gabe and Charlie, she would create a spin-off on the Bishop-Esera clan leading upto their wedding. Which means we will have more books coming up soon, and perhaps we will see the Schoolboy Choir Band members again. Although this time Nalini veers off a bit from the Bishop-Esera clan, but nonetheless a story connected to them.

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Stars: 4.5 / 5

Recommendation: A known legend that is turned to fiction in the clever hands of an author who knows how to spin a great tale around a legend, keeping those historical events within the web and adding elements from an author's perspective.

Dragon's Child is the first book in The King Arthur Trilogy by M. K. Hume published first in March of 2009. The trilogy provides the epic tale of the man who was destined to become King Arthur. In this first book, author Hume takes us through his rising from a 12 year old boy to become a Celtic war chief called as Warrior of the West.

This is one of those books I picked at a library sale for a few reasons - a) the cover of the first book caught my attention; b) the author's name some how reminded me of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the eleventh president of India. (Don't ask me why); c) Something about Arthur and his reign always intrigued me; and lastly d) I thought it was an Arthurian story set in modern century (you have no idea how wrong I was). Well, anyways, here is the review of the book.

Twelve year old, Artorex "Artor", living under the shelter of Lord Ector in Villa Poppinidii as a person of no status, is suddenly pulled into a world of warriors where he gets training of every kind - Blade and Shield; Horse and Fire; and finally Pain and Bravery! Eventually grows into the Steward of Villa Poppinidii, from where he rises to become the Celtic war chief called as Warrior of the West.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: If you are into period setting novels with romance and mystery along-side, this book is one to try for sure, although I feel that the crescendo of the trilogy ended in a slightly low tone. 

Never Deny A Duke is the third and final book in the trilogy Decadent Dukes Society by Madeline Hunter published in April of 2019. Decadent Dukes Society involves three sinfully handsome dukes who have three different scores to settle but they meet their match along the way. This time the plot is set between Eric Marshall - Duke of Brentworth - and Davina MacCallum - another contributor to the Women's Journal Parnassus.

We followed Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton, meet his match in Clara Cheswick while settling his scores in The Most Dangerous Duke in London and Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford, meet his match in Amanda Waverly in A Devil Of A Duke , all the while trying to keep the decadent dukes reputation alive. Now it's time to see how the third duke of the Decadent Dukes Society, Eric Marshall, Duke of Brentworth, fares and matches wit with the One.

Davina MacCallum comes to London to fight for her inheritance that had been taken decades ago in a war. Now the current king had confirmed that those lands and her inheritance had been bequeathed to the Brentworth's estate, which are now under Eric Marshall, the current Duke of Brentworth. 

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Yes, pick it up for a mystery involving paranormal elements, historical flair and the romantic side of the plot. 

The Summoning is the twenty seventh book in the longest series, Krewe of Hunters, by Heather Graham and published in May of 2019. The primary plot is centered around Kristi Stewart - owner of the McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast - and Dallas Wicker - one of the Krewe of Hunters, FBI, under Adam Harrison.

The plot is set in Savannah, Georgia and forms the first book in her next trilogy in the series. Starting from her 9th book, The Night is Watching, Heather has been releasing the Krewe of Hunters books in the form of trilogies with characters crossing over in those trilogies, while adding new characters to the series.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Another eye candy kind-of plot that not only pleases the primary senses of the readers, but also touches the romantic hearts who want a happy ending, despite the dark under currents.

Cherish Hard is the first book in the Hard Play Series by Nalini Singh published in November of 2017. The primary plot revolves around Sailor Bishop - the second son in the Bishop-Esera Clan - and Isalind "Isa" Magdalena Rain-Stefansdottir - an English school teacher who works at the school where Sailor has his landscaping job.

This series focuses on the Bishop-Esera clan that we met in the second book, Rock Hard, in the Rock Kiss Series. A family that totally revolves around Rugby, love, friendship and above all deep emotional family bonds. We had seen Gabriel "Gabe" Bishop's, the oldest son of the clan, story in that book where he falls in love with Charlotte "Charlie" Baird. However, in Rock Wedding, Nalini Singh mentions that since she hadn't given a proper wedding for Gabe and Charlie, she would create a spin-off on the Bishop-Esera clan leading upto their wedding. Which means we will have more books coming up soon, and perhaps we will see the Schoolboy Choir Band members again. This is the first story of the remaining members of the clan.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Fantasy romance that brings the glitzy world of fame and the ordinary pleasures a perfect mate can give, along with the darker undersides of both worlds. Easy read for those sunny warm days, or cuddly cool days.

Rock Wedding is the fourth and final book in the Rock Kiss Series by Nalini Singh published in July of 2016. The central plot revolves around Abraham "Abe" Bellamy - the keyboardist for the Schoolboy Choir Band - and Sarah Smith - his ex-wife.

The series revolves around the four members of the Schoolboy Choir rock band who met as school mates but form a family within themselves with music. Readers will share their personal and professional lives, their hard pasts making them the media's best bad wolves; and the leading ladies who capture the eyes of these bad wolves and like to get tamed; above all a sense of strong family, strength and support in every walk of life.

In Rock Redemption, we see that Sarah Smith, Abraham "Abe" Bellamy's ex-wife (the guitarist of the Schoolboy Choir Band) is physically hurt by her fiancée Jeremy Vance from whom the members of the band and their better halves rescue her and give her shelter. Just as expected, Nalini begins her plot in this book two weeks after that incident focusing on Abe and Sarah.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Fantasy romance that brings the glitzy world of fame and the ordinary pleasures a perfect mate can give, along with the darker undersides of both worlds. Easy read for those sunny warm days, or cuddly cool days.

Rock Redemption is the third book in the Rock Kiss Series by Nalini Singh published in October of 2015. The central plot revolves around Noah St. John - the Guitarist of the Schoolboy Choir Band - and Kathleen "Kit" Devingy - up and coming actress and a close friend of the band members.

The series revolves around the four members of the Schoolboy Choir rock band who met as school mates but form a family within themselves with music. Readers will share their personal and professional lives, their hard pasts making them the media's best bad wolves; and the leading ladies who capture the eyes of these bad wolves and like to get tamed; above all a sense of strong family, strength and support in every walk of life.

Although I had read this book in January itself, hadn't posted the review until I read the novella, Rock Courtship. Now that I have completed reading that and posted its review, here is my take on the next book in the series.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Fantasy romance that brings the glitzy world of fame and the ordinary pleasures a perfect mate can give, along with the darker undersides of both worlds. Easy read for those sunny warm days, or cuddly cool days.

Rock Hard is the second book in the Rock Kiss Series by Nalini Singh originally published in March of 2015. The central plot revolves around Charlotte "Charlie" Baird - Molly Webster's best friend - and Gabriel Bishop - her new boss. The plot is set in Auckland, New Zealand.

The series revolves around the four members of the Schoolboy Choir rock band who met as school mates but form a family within themselves with music. Readers will share their personal and professional lives, their hard pasts making them the media's best bad wolves; and the leading ladies who capture the eyes of these bad wolves and like to get tamed; above all a sense of strong family, strength and support in every walk of life.

Although I had read this book in January itself, hadn't posted the review until I read the novella, Rock Courtship. Now that I have completed reading that and posting its review, here is my take on the next book in the series.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Fantasy erotic romance that brings the glitzy world of fame and the ordinary pleasures a perfect mate can give, along with the darker undersides of both worlds. Easy read for those sunny warm days, or cuddly cool days. 

Rock Courtship is the first novella in the Rock Kiss Series by Nalini Singh originally published in September of 2014, right after the release of the first book Rock Addiction. The central plot revolves around David Rivera - Drummer of the famous band Schoolboy Choir - and Thea Alice Arsana - Publicist for the band. The plot is set in Auckland, New Zealand.

The series revolves around the four members of the Schoolboy Choir rock band who met as school mates but form a family within themselves with music. Readers will share their personal and professional lives, their hard pasts making them the media's best bad wolves; and the leading ladies who capture the eyes of these bad wolves and like to get tamed; above all a sense of strong family, strength and support in every walk of life.

Having read the first book, Rock Addiction, way back in January, although it was filled with a lot more of erotic scenes than the actual plot that is woven around; I did like the story line up though so wanted to continue with the series. However, her next book is a novella, which unfortunately doesn’t come in paper format anymore, just as an e-book.

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Book Critique - Under Currents

Stars: 3.5 / 5

Recommendation: Certainly a morbid topic, yet Nora weaves a charming tale that shines a positive light despite the darker shades hidden under. 

Under Currents is the 80th stand-alone novel by Nora Roberts published in July of 2019. The central plot revolves around Zane Bigelow - an attorney in the town of High Country - and Darby McCray - a Landscape Artist who is settling her roots in the same town.

Zane Bigelow grew up in a perfectly kept house in the Blue Ridges of North Carolina with his sister, Britt. Only the house isn't as perfect as it seems from outside. Appearances are not what they seem to be in reality fooling everyone around them until one fateful night when Zane and Britt are finally freed from the clutches of terror. Years later, now that Zane and his sister are comfortable settled on the other side of the lake. But his constant fear of the past coming back lurks at the corner.

Nora has explored a very sensitive topic that is often not addressed or even looked at until it is too late - child abuse. How abused as children they might be, the main characters turn their world around with proper family and friends support and a will to be different. And she also touches on other kinds of abuse that are sometimes by products of child abuse. The entire plot was filled undercurrents at every turn, yet they all see a shining light despite the circumstances.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

Recommendation: You believe in super powers, abilities and the good that one can do with it, then this is the series you should read. Of course it comes with loads of eroticism, strong women, and brave men.

Shadow Warrior is the fourth book in The Shadow Series by Christine Feehan published in June of 2019. The plot is again set in Chicago where the Ferraros have marked their territory and begins a few weeks after the previous book, Shadow Keeper.

This time the story is of the fourth sibling and brother - Vittorio Ferraro - and Grace Murphy - whom Giovanni saves from a botched kidnapping attempt. It was awarded Amazon Best of the Month Romance.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A dystopian magical romantic novel from the queen of romance with hints of myths and shades of evil vs good. A fitting sequel filled with suspense, perils, love, friendship and above all a goal to find a peaceful place to live in harmony; the plot definitely keeps you gripped till the end.

Of Blood And Bone is the second book in the Chronicles of The One series by Nora Roberts published in December of 2018. The plot revolves around Fallon Swift, her upbringing and training that she undergoes before she is accepted as The One.

After the Doom, the world has been left in chaos and into an age where most essential needs of man - Gas, Electricity, Water, Medicine - become scarce or non-functioning; where magic rises over science in both Dark and Light shades; where survivors are striving to live at one end while various organizations - The Raiders; Purity Warriors; Groups of Dark Uncanny - take root to exploit everyone around. And everyone look forward to the rise of The One - be it supporters or adversaries.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: If you are into period setting novels with romance and mystery along-side, this book is one to try for sure.

A Devil Of A Duke is the second book in the trilogy Decadent Dukes Society by Madeline Hunter published in April of 2018. Decadent Dukes Society involves three sinfully handsome dukes who have three different scores to settle but they meet their match along the way. This time the plot is set between Gabriel St. James - Duke of Langford - and Amanda Waverly - a temptation disguised as an angel. And it is set in early 1800s England.

We followed Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton, meet his match in Clara Cheswick while settling his scores in The Most Dangerous Duke in London. Now Madeline takes the reader on to the second duke in the Decadent Dukes Society, Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford, exploiting his debauchery all the while finding his right match.

Amanda Waverly is employed as a secretary to Lady Farnsworth, an unusual choice for both of them. But she has hidden secret that she guards by being the secretary. Little does she know that she would come up against a decadent duke in her efforts to keep her secret a secret.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: A very intriguing plot to continue the series, keeping readers on the edge of the journey that Nalini Singh is taking them with her plot in this futuristic location filled with three different species trying to live in balance

Ocean Light is the second book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series (17th book in the Psy-Changeling Series) by Nalini Singh published in June of 2018. The central plot revolves around Bowen "Bo" Adrian Knight - Security Chief of Human Alliance - and Kaia Luna - a BlackSea changeling. It is set in a BlackSea installation in 2083, two months after the events in the previous book, Silver Silence.

In the previous book, Silver Silence, we were introduced to Bowen "Bo" Knight as the Security Chief of Human Alliance. Having not read the parent series, Psy-Changeling Series, I presume this is the first time we meet Bo. He had been portrayed as a very strong-minded, iron-willed and fair in his ruling as a Security Chief.

That is why I was surprised, when Nalini Singh had expunged his character mid-way through that plot. I was very disappointed and wanted to see more of Bo. What do you know! When I picked the next book in the series, it was indeed centered around Bo. Glad Nalini Singh got back to her senses and brought Bo back. Phew!

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: A fitting beginning to a spin-off from the original series, making the readers wonder where else will Nalini Singh take her plot in this futuristic location filled with three different species - Psy, Changeling and Human - trying to live in balance.

August 9th was National Book Lovers Day. Had been a busy day for me to post a review honoring that day. Here is one about a book from one of my favorite authors, a day late.

Silver Silence is the first book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series (16th book in Psy-Changeling Series) by Nalini Singh published in June of 2017. The central plot revolves around Silver Mercant - Director of the worldwide Emergency Response Network "EmNet" - and Valentin Mikhailovich "Mishka" Nikolaev - Alpha of the StoneWater Bears. The plot is set in Moscow in the year 2082.

After the fallout of the Psy Council, the three species - Psy, Changeling and Humans - work towards creating balanced world for all of them through the foundations of The Trinity Accord. Silver Mercant plays a very key role by taking up the directorship of EmNet and striving to keep all three species on same plane. However, someone tries an attempt on her life.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: With forbidden love and lurking consequences of their decisions, Julian and Emma's next journey takes readers through more twists and turns, shocking revelations, heart breaking outcomes and as well as involving the political games surrounding the shadowhunters and downworlders; an interesting sequel.

Lord of Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare published in May of 2017. This is the third set of books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles, the second set being The Infernal Devices, which I am yet to read.

The plot in this particular book is set in modern day Los Angeles in an alternate world where humans, vampires, werewolves, magical fey, demons and shadow hunters co-exist. It begins two weeks after the events in the previous book, Lady Midnight. 

Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn and his siblings are adjusting to the changes at the Los Angeles Institute - Emma dating Mark Antony Blackthorn who is now back from the Wild Hunt; Christopher "Kit" Jonathan Herondale - previously Kit Rook - living at the institute. Just as things seem to settle into a lull, the Centurions arrive to search for the body of Malcolm Fade and the Black Volume of the Dead from the ocean where he got washed off when Emma kills him.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: Another series in the Shadowhunter Chronicles revolving around the Carstairs and Blackthorns, still keeping in with the theme of twists and turns involving angels and demons, shadowhunters and downworlders and above all budding romances and eternal love. A very good opening to the series.

Lady Midnight is the first book in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare published in March of 2016. This is the third set of books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles, the second set being The Infernal Devices, which I am yet to read.

The plot in this particular book is set in modern day Los Angeles in an alternate world where humans, vampires, werewolves, magical fey, demons and shadow hunters co-exist. It begins in 2012, five years after the events of the final book, City of Heavenly Fire, from the first set of The Shadowhunter Chronicles. It revolves around Emma Cordelia Carstairs and Julian "Jules" Blackthorn.

At the end of the final book, City of Heavenly Fire, in The Mortal Instruments Series, Cassandra Clare made it very clear that her next plot would begin in Los Angeles revolving around the Blackthorn kids and Carstairs girl. As expected she begins her series with Emma Carstairs and her life as a shadowhunter living in the Los Angeles Institute along with the Blackthorn kids.

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Stars: 4 / 5

My Recommendation: The adventure and thrill that Cassandra gives us through Jace and Clary gets more and more interesting as the series progresses, with twists and turns, angels and demons, shadowhunters and downworlders and above all budding romances and eternal love. A fitting finale to the first set of books.

City of Heavenly Fire is the sixth and final installment in The Mortal Instrument series, an urban fantasy by Cassandra Clare, published in May of 2014. These were the first set of books that were published in The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. 

This novel is set in modern day New York but in an alternate world where humans, vampires, werewolves, magical fey, demons and shadow hunters co-exist. The plot begins six months after the previous book, City of Lost Souls.

Sebastian Morgenstern escapes the Shadowhunters and Jace Lightwood is still working on controlling the angel fire inside his body and avoid turning someone similar to Marvel's character Hulk. However, when Sebastian goes on a rampage all over the world to all the Shadowhunter Institutes turning the shadowhunters forcibly into a dark army that would do his bidding, all of the Shadowhunters pool themselves to Idris trying to understand Sebastian's next step. However, Clary Fray, Jace and their friends Alec And Isabelle Lightwood, Simon Lewis and Magnus Bane, again join hands to find the ultimate goal of Sebastian and thwart his plans.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: The adventure and thrill that Cassandra gives us through Jace and Clary gets more and more interesting as the series progresses, with twists and turns, angels and demons, shadowhunters and downworlders and above all budding romances and eternal love.  

City of Lost Souls is the fifth installment in The Mortal Instruments series, an urban fantasy by Cassandra Clare published in May of 2012. These were the first set of books that were published in The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. 

This novel is set in modern day New York but in an alternate world where humans, vampires, werewolves, magical fey, demons and shadow hunters co-exist. The plot begins right after the events of the previous book City of Fallen Angels ends.

At the end of City of Fallen Angels, we see that Jace Lightwood, Clary Fray's boyfriend, is somehow tied to Sebastian Morgenstern - Clary's brother - even though at the end of the battle, Sebastian was killed. And Jace and Sebastian disappear. Now Clary along with her best friend Simon Lewis - a Daylighter Vampire, the Lightwood siblings of Jace - Isabelle "Izzy" Sophia, Alexander "Alec" Gideon - and Magnus Bane - High Warlock of New York; go on a hunt for Jace and find hopefully a way to sever the connection between him and Sebastian and ultimately save him.

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Book Critique - Heat Storm (Nikki Heat #9)

For review of all books in this series: Go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: If you like crime plots and follow closely how day-in and day-out law enforcement personnel solve a case along with tinge of romance and a boat load of twists that spin the plot like a top, then this is a perfect series to read through.

Heat Storm is the ninth book in the series of Castle Books written by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) (My review of the TV series here) published in May of 2017. The plot is set immediately after the events of the previous book High Heat, with introduction of Derrick Storm in Nikki Heat series.

Typically as the TV series progressed, one book per season was released. However the series ended after eight seasons in May 2016. Yet, Hyperion Books went on to publish two more books in this series, which were going to be the end of the series in books. The first of which was High Heat, the eighth book in the series. And this book. But, I see that a tenth book Crashing Heat was released this past March. Looks like the popularity of the books hasn’t faded, just like the series whose reruns are still watched hugely. Anyways, back to my review of this current book Heat Storm.

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Book Critique - Shelter in Place

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Nora Roberts in her original self again, with a thriller that has all shades of human mind giving chills, at the same time tinged with colors of romance and psychology.

Shelter in Place is the 79th stand-alone book by Nora Roberts, published in May of 2018. The central plot revolves around three people who had gone through a shooting massacre and how that life-threatening experience changed their lives and paths.

For some reason whenever I looked at the title of this book it reminded me of Shutter Island title. And made me worried that this might be closer to horror theme plot which I don’t read often. Finally I overcame the fear and read it a year after it was published. 

But again I should have realized that the title "Shelter in Place" means finding a safe location indoors in a crisis situation until "all clear" signal is given and that the central plot would be around a crime that is occurring way to common now in the western world. Well, anyways, finally here is my review.

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Book Critique - Come Sundown

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Finally Nora Roberts is back with her strong women and men with powerful story-line that takes the reader into the shades of light and dark of human mind, all along stringing them with romance, love and family dynamics.

Come Sundown is the 78th stand-alone book by Nora Roberts, published in May of 2017. The central plot revolves around Bodine "Bo" Longbow - manager of her family resort - and Callen "Cal" Skinner - her childhood crush.

I had bought this book while I was traveling to CA to meet one of my brothers and his family in June of 2017, when I had realized I didn’t carry a book with me on the plane, they were tucked in the luggage that I wouldn’t retrieve until I reach my destination. A quick survey at the book stores in the airport got my attention to the then newest book by Nora Roberts.

Lo! And behold, it was in my hand and I had voraciously read through it during the flight, although had only finished 25% of the book.  But after I returned back from my trip, I never picked the book again until now - Partly may be because I was into 25% of the book and had already guessed who the killer was and partly because the flashback in the plot reminded me so much of her book, The Obsession, which was published a year earlier to this book. 

Anyways, I finally gave the book another shot and thus my review this late. 

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For all books in this series: Go here.

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Bone-chilling thriller with the touches of romance, lust and twisted minds - a perfect medley to enjoy the read despite the shivers it leaves in the reader's spine.

Never Die Alone is the eighth book in the New Orleans series by Lisa Jackson with Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya published in August of 2015. The plot is set immediately after the events that occur in the previous book, Devious.

After going through a lot of hard work, Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya, although apprehend the killer of the novice nuns, they fail to get any closer to Father John, the one person who had been eluding them since the events in the first book, Hot Blooded. And now Brianna Hayward wants to prove that her cousin was wrongly convicted of a crime he hadn't committed, a case that Rick Bentz had left 12 years ago in Los Angeles and moved to New Orleans, a case that had haunted him ever since. Was Brianna true? What of Father John? With twisted and mind-numbing killings, Bentz and Montoya are once again on the trail of a serial killer, trying to capture him once and for all.

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