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Book Critique – Here There Be Monsters (Iron Seas 0.5)

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Stars: 3 / 5

My Recommendation: A novella that gives us the elements and background of the Iron Seas series, all the while taking us through the protagonists love story, luring the readers farther into the depths of the plot.

Here There Be Monsters is the fourth and final novella in the Burning Up anthology by Meljean Brook first published in August of 2010 and later republished in February of 2014. Meljean has her book along-side three other authors - Nalini Singh, Angela Knight and Virginia Kantra - in this anthology. This also forms the novella in the Iron Seas series by Meljean.

Iron Seas series is set in an alternative world where the Eurasia and Africa are conquered by the Mongols using war machines and nanotechnology. Iron Duke and his followers work towards freeing England and eventually the world from the clutches of the Mongols. As part of the series we get to see pirates and steam technology on the same page as the Golden age of Piracy.

Ivy Blacksmith, desperate to free from London, purchases her passage to sea from pirate captain Eben "Mad Machen". But the price that Mad Machen's agrees for is her body as opposed to coin. Now Ivy is stuck in a bargain with the cruel pirate. Will she have her freedom at the cost of her virtue? 

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Book Critique – Shifting Sea (Children of the Sea #3.5)

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Stars: 3 / 5

My Recommendation: A short and sweet novella, filled with love, romance and redeeming souls, that is quick to read and yet leaves you thirsty for more.

Shifting Sea the third novella in the Burning Up anthology by Virginia Kantra first published in August of 2010 and later republished in February of 2014. Virginia has her book along-side three other authors - Nalini Singh, Angela Knight and Meljean Brook - in this anthology. This also forms the novella in the Children of the Sea series by Virginia.

The plot is set in 1813 Scotland between Major John Harris - a human soldier - and Morwenna - a finfolk and one of the Children of the Sea.

Major John "Jack" Harris returns to Arden Hall after the war, a place that became his inheritance after the last resident dies. But to his surprise he meets Morwenna, enchanted by her and gets head over heels in love with her with their first meeting of bodies. Yet, Morwenna doesn’t accept his marriage proposal. What is the big secret that she hides? Will Jack be able to chip her ice and warm her into not just his bed, but his life too.

Jack is as much charismatic as Morwenna is mysterious. He is loyal with a moral code while she is fluid in her emotions with him. Virginia made each the exact half of the other pulling them together no matter how much they resist. A net was spun over them, it was only a matter of time before they would fall in it. 

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Book Critique – Blood And Roses

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Stars: 2.5 / 5

My Recommendation: A short novella with dangers, romance, love and above all saving the world by the protagonists, what not to love. However, I will not be picking her books, just for the fact that there are too many books out there with similar plots and parallel theories. 

Blood and Roses is the second novella in the Burning Up anthology by Angela Knight first published in August of 2010 and later republished in February of 2014. Angela has her book along-side three other authors - Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra and Meljean Brook - in this anthology. The plot is set between Amaris - a Blood Rose - and Lord Raniero - a Vampire.

Lord Raniero is sent into the Varillian Territory to investigate treason and find the traitors. Instead he gets kidnapped by the cruel Wizard with aid of Amaris, a Blood Rose, a wizard with powers of her own. Now he has to use his wits and his prowess in bed to find a way out of the situation; while Amaris has to use his strength for her own personal reasons. But a bigger evil lurks close-by threatening every living being around. 

Amaris and Raniero, both come with their share of bitter experiences - Amaris with a Vampire while Raniero with a Blood Rose. It is startling to see how they cross their fears and distrust in the end, to save innocents. 

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Book Critique – Whisper of Sin (Psy-Changeling #0.75)

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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 there is romance, passion, war, friendship, loyalties and betrayals along the line. 

Whisper of Sin is the fifth novella in the long-running Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, first published in the anthology Burning Up first published in August of 2010 and later republished in February of 2014. The primary plot revolves around Emmet - a DarkRiver Leopard Changeling Soldier - and Ria Wembley - a human. Nalini has her book along-side three other authors - Angela Knight, Virginia Kantra and Meljean Brook - in this anthology.

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 mind invasion by Psy; 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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Book Critique – Texture of Intimacy (Psy-Changeling #10.5)

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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 there is romance, passion, war, friendship, loyalties and betrayals along the line. 

Texture of Intimacy is the fourth novella in the long-running Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, first published in the anthology Wild Invitation in March of 2013. The primary plot revolves around Walker Lauren - a defected Psy into SnowDancer - and Lara Knight - the healer of the SnowDancer. 

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 mind invasion by Psy; 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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Book Critique – Declaration of Courtship (Psy-Changeling #9.5)

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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 there is romance, passion, war, friendship, loyalties and betrayals along the line. 

Declaration of Courtship is the third novella in the long-running Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, first published in the anthology Wild Invitation in March of 2013. The primary plot revolves around Cooper "Coop" Shaw - Lieutenant for the SnowDancer Wolves - and Grace Burke - a submissive wolf in the pack.

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 mind invasion by Psy; 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.

In continuing with the series that intrigued when I picked it's spin-off, Psy-Changeling Trinity Series, here is my take on the third novella in the parent series.

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Book Critique – Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling #12)

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Stars: 4 / 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. This one in particular forms a pivotal plot for the series.

Heart of Obsidian is the twelfth book in the long running Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh, published in June of 2013. The primary plot revolves around Kaleb Krychek - a Cardinal Psy and an Ex-Councilor - and Sahara Kyriakus - one of the members of NightStar Psy Clan. The plot continues from where the previous book Kiss of Snow ends.

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 mind invasion by Psy; 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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Book Critique – Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling #11)

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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.

Tangle of Need is the eleventh book in the long running Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh, published in May of 2012. The primary plot revolves around Riaz Delgado - a SnowDancer Lieutenant - and Adria Morgan - a SnowDancer Senior Soldier. The plot is set in autumn of 2081 immediately after the events in Kiss of Snow.

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 mind invasion by Psy; 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.

In continuing with the series that intrigued when I picked it's spin-off, Psy-Changeling Trinity Series, here is my take on the eleventh book in the parent series. Nalini continues to keep her focus on the SnowDancer Wolf Changelings.

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Book Critique - Dark Illusion (The Carpathian Novels #33)

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: If you like paranormal plots with shades of romance, eroticism and the other world abilities involving immortals and vampires along-side humans with super-abilities, then this is a series to go for. A bit droning bits here and there, but still a good read.

Dark Illusion is the thirty third book in the longest series, Dark Series, by Christine Feehan which was originally published in September of 2019. The primary plot is around Isai Florea - an ancient who was living in the monastery, but now resides in CA aiding Tariq Asenguard - and Julija Brennan - a Mage on the run. 

Carpathians are an ancient race who are near-immortals living for thousands of years with powers and gifts. Despite that they are at the edge of extinction as fewer and fewer children are born with far lesser of females. Without their "lifemates" the male Carpathians lose the ability to feel emotions leaving them to either become vampire or "greet the dawn". Now with their Prince, Mikhail Dubrinsky, finding a lifemate in a human female with psychic abilities, there is hope for all the other Carpathian males who have been holding off from turning into vampires. The series now ventures into other  species - Jaguar (with the 10th book Dark Symphony), Dragonseekers (with the 16th book Dark Demon), Lycans (with the 18th book Dark Possession) and Mages with this book.

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Book Critique: You've Been Warned

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Besides the confusing narration, and the thread of faith that was tugging us all along, it is definitely a thriller that will give you some serious shivers. Yet, the writers managed to make it an easy and quick read.

You've Been Warned is a psychological suspense thriller written by James Patterson, co-authored by Howard Roughan published in September of 2007. The primary plot revolves around an amateur photographer, Kristin Burns and set in and around New York City.

I have read so many books of so many other authors, but I think I read only one book by James Patterson in his Alex Cross series and two of his bookshots. However, I never picked his books again. For some reason, I couldn’t go back to them. But, recently a friend lent me her book by James Patterson, and wanted me to try him again. So, here is the review.

Kristin Burns, a full-time nanny, working on getting her own show of her photographs in an elite gallery. She is having an affair with a man who is almost hers. Life seems to be going smooth and in a path that she had set. But the faint ripples of fear start that emerge into full-blown catastrophe; and the only way to control it and take her life is to look through her photographs and try to figure out what is happening. Well, fear is never to be taken easy, and Kristin doesn’t have a easy route. 

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