Mixed Magic brings interest

This is a series I read from book 4 (a free offering) back to 1 and through to the final book one after the other. And now I’m on her next series!

I loved this series. Great fun and a different universe where pure humans are extremely rare – only about 5% of the population as waves of magic have transformed every one else in some way producing shape shifters or those such as elves and goblins who are nearly always in their magic forms. And lots of cross breeding – imagine a drummer with 4 arms and a piano player with 6… or trolls living in your garbage cans and getting rid of all the rubbish..

Each new wave creates new types of magical beings, yes even unicorns, and they take on appropriate jobs too, ghouls and zombies work in undertakers or mortuaries or as pathologists.

Book 4 was about Ritual Space which is different from the rest of the series as the first 3 books follow one character through and then we hear about this magic space where you can not only hold wedding but also practice your spells.

I am seriously hooked by this author and shall devour all her output as i can afford it!

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When bookshops are something more

The Book of Secrets Book Cover The Book of Secrets
The Last Oracle
Melissa McShane
urban fantasy, contemporary
Curiosity Quills Press
(18 Feb. 2018)
Kindle

Helena Davies just wants a job that will get her out of her parents’ basement. Abernathy’s Bookstore is disorganized, out of the way, and smells funny, but it pays well and promises to at least be interesting. She has no idea how interesting her life will become. By the end of the first day, Helena has a dead boss in the basement, an unexpected promotion, and the news that she is now a part of an endless war against creatures from another reality.

As Abernathy’s newest custodian, Helena is responsible for its secrets, including the most important one: Abernathy’s isn’t just a bookstore. It’s the world’s only living oracle, producing prophecies to help fight the war against alien invaders bent on draining this world of its magic. Helena’s job is to find books to answer questions put to the oracle by the Wardens, fighters in the Long War. It seems simple enough, but Helena’s new job is anything but.

She has allies: her best friend Viv, from whom she has no secrets; Harry and Harriet Keller, elderly magi skilled at uncovering secrets; and the enigmatic Malcolm Campbell, warrior magus and one of the few who have faith in Helena’s abilities. But not everyone is thrilled that an outsider now has charge of one of the world’s most powerful magical entities. Helena must defend herself against the antagonism of Judy Rasmussen, who’d expected to be the next custodian of Abernathy’s, and her father William, powerful leader of the Wardens and someone with an agenda of his own.

Without training, without any knowledge of the magical world, and facing the hostility of those who’d wanted someone else to be Abernathy’s custodian, Helena must navigate the treacherous waters of her new world and find a place for herself within it. But there’s still a murderer on the loose, someone who intended to control Abernathy’s by killing its custodian—and Helena might be next on his list.

At first I thought that this was going to be another magical library bookshop where magic happens – eg people fall in love because they meet there – but no, this really is a bookshop that holds secrets and answers within its books. It is in fact an Oracle – like the Delphi Oracle only you ask the bookshop the question you want answered, and it sells you a book! Just for you as it has your name on it and your price that you must pay. The answer is in the book…

And who runs the bookshop and takes the money? – well a rather nerdy and very un-magical girl.

This is the first book in a new series and i look forward to reading the others. I liked the concept and the fact that books are the answer to all questions – well I’m sure they really are as a book fanatic!

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Now is born the Angel – or not

Angel Unborn Book Cover Angel Unborn
Deadly Sins #1
Andris Bear
#AndrisBear ,#angel , #DeadlySins ,#Demon&Devils , #JezebelPress ,#paranormalromance , #psychic ,#ScienceFiction , #timetravel ,#urbanfantasy

Preferably not.

The author attempts a snarky female heroine, but fails to pull it off convincingly.

The storyline is derivative of others – see angel blood – saviour of the universe and so on…

 

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Andris Bears all

Angel Unborn
Deadly Sins #1
Andris Bear
Paranormal Romance  - Urban Fantasy - Science Fiction Fantasy- Psychic - Angel - Demon & Devils - Time Travel
Jezebel Press
(8 Oct. 2012)

Had your fill of Vampires and werewolves? Prefer your immortal warriors with a bit more legend?

Hell has literally come to Earth for one mortal and what’s worse, she is expected to leave behind all hope for a family of her own to stand in defense of humanity against the darkest forces of Hell. But when Satan offers her the normal life she covets, Joey must decide if the price of mankind’s salvation is worth her own damnation.
Strong-willed Joey Benton is the half-mortal child of an angel with heavenly powers. She has no knowledge of her heritage or the power running through her veins until she meets a handsome stranger who forces her to question her life and the world around her. And she quickly becomes a key player in a battle that will define a victory for Heaven or Hell.
Ursus, a sexy Archangel, doesn’t want the responsibility of another charge, especially when Joey is so defiant. Protecting her from Hell might very well be the biggest challenge of his immortal life. But when his feelings for Joey get in the way of his duty, it’s a challenge he refuses to lose.

Interview with the Author

Q – So, what makes the Deadly Sins series special?

A – When I set out to write Angel Unborn, I wanted to write the kind of books I like to read. My favorites are usually paranormal romance novels with not only strong heroes but strong heroines who can stand on their own. I enjoy a great fantasy or science fiction novel as well. Basically, anything with a kick-butt attitude and a touch of something different that grabs my attention.

The Deadly Sins books are a great mix of these genres. You’ll find the series focuses on angels and demons but also features psychics, ghosts, the mythical gods, and other supernatural favorites. Either I have commitment issues, or I like to keep things interesting! I’d like to think it’s the latter.

Overall, the Deadly Sins series is designed to keep you turning the pages – and I’ve made sure there’s never a dull moment.

Q – What order should I read the books in?

A – I’ve written the series so you can read the books in any order (except for All Wicked’s Eve—it should be read after Demon Undamned). If you do want to read them in order, I’d suggest the following sequence:

– Angel Unborn
– Angel Redeemed (accompanying novelette to Angel Unborn)
– Angel Unleashed
– Hexed (novella that ties into Angel Unleashed)
– Demon Undamned
– All Wicked’s Eve

Q – So, why should readers give these books a try?

A – Because the Deadly Sins series is a fast, fun, humorous ride that takes no prisoners! Ultimately, readers who enjoy strong heroes, snarky heroines, and lightning-fast pacing with a plot that twists and turns all the way to the end will get a kick out of this series.

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Urban Fantasy Box Set – 8 to Read

Urban Fantasy: 8 in the Chamber Book Cover Urban Fantasy: 8 in the Chamber
multi-author
urban fantasy, dystopian, magic
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
(26 Jun. 2017)
Kindle

Murderous goblins, thieving ghouls, and mages with criminal intent on their minds... Nothing's too tough for these paranormal investigators, and no collection has more of them. In Eight in the Chamber, your favorite authors have banded together to offer you an easy compendium of mischief, action, and adventure. So if you love magic wrapped in a gritty cityscape, then get your copy today!

Urban Fantasy box set – 8 in the Chamber

  1. Blood Money

by Chris Underwood

4 stars

A short story  with trolls, vampires, Cunning Men, and a missing vampire’s blood donor which turns out all to be about internal politics. Enjoyed the twist and turns in this story, and,  considering its length it managed to read as a complete story.

  1. Croft and Wesson

by Brad Magnarella

4 stars

Wizards, werewolves, dwarves, and leylines. Missing women and old – very old – Norse gods with nasty eating habits and some dynamite. Again a well written story with dwarves being remarkably apt with dynamite – I wonder why? The Norse gods aspect was grisly but understanable.

  1. Dane Curse

by Matt Abraham

Superheroes and Villains – white and black capes! Lots of fighting. Seemed to be aimed at the YA male? Copy of Micky Spillane style? Comic style adventures that didn’t do it for me.

2 stars for me.

  1. Dark City

Kit Hallows

Dystopian. Magic. Non-humans and again seemed to be aimed at the YA audience. And again not my scene. I am not really a dystopian future fan. I prefer to think happy futures not nasty ones…

2 stars for me

Books Not Yet Read

5. Null Factor

6. Strange Magic

7. Blood Scent

8. Just One Night

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Average score for those read is 3.

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