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Bounce up High!

Trampolining with Dragons
An Urban Fantasy Event:Dragons and Other Mythical Creatures Book #3
Ramy Vance & SW Clarke
Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Myths,
Keep Evolving Studios
(25 Mar. 2020)

What does a girl do when the it turns out the monster who killed her family ISN'T the worst thing out there?

Tara has finally cornered the vampire-bastard who killed her family, only to face a cold hard truth. This monster isn't the only thing that goes bump in the night. There is something far worse out there.

Choose the lesser monster.

There is a great evil - one of the original evils, actually - and it also has Tara's vampire in it's sinful sites. Normally Tara would tell this new evil to get in line ... the vampire is her's to kill. But even she cannot deny that if this new evil gets its way, things would get a lot worse for the world. As in apocalyptically so...

To destroy it, Tara must fight by the vampire's side.

But joining forces with her greatest enemy may prove to be too much to bear, especially when he revenge she craves so deeply is almost within her grasp.

Ch 1 starts ‘every act was a story, and every story should start with a bang.’

And chapter 1 literally started with a bang – explosions – after this statement.

And I really like books that know how they should start. You need to be lured into the story by hook or crook – sometimes subtly, sometimes not so subtly – but each story must find a way to reach into the reader’s brain and make them want to read on.

Think about when you go into a book shop.

Or to Amazon for a book.

The first thing you see is a book cover. Bright or loud or weird or colourful or fun. Attraction 1.

Attraction 2. Comes with the blurb. On the back. Underneath. Inside the front cover. Wherever it is. It must hook you into the next stage.

And then there is the author. Attraction 3.

Attraction 4. Comes with either the opening paras or the final paras depending on which type of reader you are. Or you may already be sold. But then you can be seriously disappointed as I so often am, when I go through at least the first 2 points and then, whether or not I recognised the author, I read the opening paragraphs and/or chapter. you have been sucked in – like so many films where they show you the best bits in the trailers and the rest is nah… blah …

This series is far from that. S Clarke sold the books to me in her style and content and humour as well as her heroine. Writing with Ramy she works well.

I have read the series so far and the next in line is on order. Oh and yes, there is a part when she does go on a trampoline with a Dragon!

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and the dragon plays.. rock

Kaps Book Cover Kaps
(Angelbound Offspring #5)
Christina Bauer
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
MonsterHouseBooks
Publication date: June 30th 2020

Meet Kaps: renegade, dragon shifter, and general pain in her parent’s backsides. Although born a royal, Kaps loves hunting down dragon artifacts. Too bad L’Griffe, the shifter mafia, wants the same stuff. Kaps gets in their way and ends up with a price on her head. A bounty hunter named Mack comes to collect. Although he’s human, Mack knows all about shifter ways. And what he lacks in shifting power, Mack more than makes up for with a lethal combination of looks, strength, and smarts. After luring the princess away with an epic kiss, Mack slaps some supernatural handcuffs on Kaps, tosses her in a van, and heads off to L’Griffe headquarters with his quarry. The fact that Kaps is really dragon royalty doesn’t bother Mack in the slightest. That kiss might be a problem, though…

Or she hunts down antiquities – and steals them! Which is her prime reason for the tour places I wonder?

We know something about Kaps from her sister’s book – see the list below of the books in order. She has a rock band – and seems not to turn up when expected to sing . But it seems – from this story – that she has something else going on too – something she has been doing since she was really young – treasure hunting. And being a dragon she hoards! All the old and magic and apparently lost items she finds, she hides away in a room only she knows the location of. And always has.

There’s just one small problem – the items she wants, she has to steal, and other people want to stop that from happening.

So this book concentrates on her stealing for her horde and the rock band gets little mention – which I did think was a shame, as her story was so bound up with it. But the rock band it seems is just a cover for her other activities.

Her sister Huntress, is really concerned for her though, as she is getting into deep water, with her parents who want to lock her up so she is protected and safe, and with the people she is stealing from. We learn more about huntress – the last Glass dragon, in the next book in the series.

I would have liked a longer story line and a little more complexity but then I am not really the main audience for this series – for its intended audience I think it works.

Angelbound Offspring
1. Maxon
2. Portia
3. Zinnia
4. Rhodes
5. Kaps
6. Huntress

About the Author

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/546812.Christina_Bauer
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Eggs and more eggs

Justice Unhatched
The Exceptional S. Beaufont #5 of 6 (so far!)
Sarah Noffke and Michael Anderle
fantasy, magic. dragons
LMBPN Publishing
(8 May 2020)

The Dragon Elite are growing more powerful.

But so are their enemies.

Dragon eggs have been stolen, but Sophia isn’t deterred.

She will get them back and make the thieves suffer.

Once she figures out where to look for them…

The stakes are higher than ever as Sophia is sent on mission after mission to help the Dragon Elite, do Subner’s bidding and also save those at the Gullington who are still cursed.

Quiet might be better, but the housekeeper for the Castle is still sick.

Sophia won’t stop until she finds a cure for Ainsley.

But to save the eggs, the housekeeper and her friends it’s going to take harnessing the strongest power in the world. And the most elusive.

Can love save everyone?

It is clear that recent events have been woven into this story – for instance social distancing and the value of toilet rolls – and authors also read in the same, and write in the same, book piles as I do. The chewing gum that makes everyone happy and compliant comes from this pile .

But then is one of the authors – note that he turns up as himself in the book – Michael Anderle – knows Ramy Vance and writes with him – see the Middang3ard books.

But seeing this world – the Middle Ages time locked dragon riders through the eyes of a young modern girl gave great twists and humour to the story, especially the conversations with her dragon. For me the series of Sophia and her dragon are really good four to five Stars.

And I think that Sarah Noffke writes excellent fantasy. I have now read all 12 of the Liv Beaufont books! I just can’t wait to find out next what the writers’ imaginations will come up with. I adore Lunis too.

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Nasty Chimera returns – or does he?

Zinnia Book Cover Zinnia
Bk #3 of Angelbound Offspring
Christina Bauer
Young Adult Fiction
Monster House Books
July 30, 2019

"YOU HAVE TO READ ZINNIA! This book definitely surpasses my expectations ... which were pretty high because Bauer's novels are just that amazing. Grab this book. You know you wanna!" - Haddie's Haven As the last dragon shifter, I live alone, hiding in one of Earth’s sacred deserts. My human handlers tell me that I have no parents, no name, and no purpose other than to train for battle and one day become a vessel for the reincarnation of Chimera, the greatest dragon shifter of all. Sadly, Chimera’s rebirth will mean my own death. But my handlers say this sacrifice is a noble fate that will rebuild the dragon shifter world. I shall die on my seventeenth birthday. That’s five days from now. Then I hear music thumping across the desert. I take my mortal form, follow the sound, and find humans dancing in what they call a rave. There is a stage and a rock band. One thing quickly becomes clear: Unlike the audience, the musicians are dragon shifters, just like me. And one of them, the guitar player Rhodes, makes my knees turn watery. The lead singer, Kaps, has something strangely familiar about her. It all adds up to one conclusion: My handlers lied to me. I’m not the last of my kind. Memories reappear. I had parents once. Portia and Tempest. I even had a name. Zinnia. Perhaps I have a reason to live as well. I step past the dancing humans to confront the players. I will find out the full truth, no matter what. "Sweet mother of mercy ANGELBOUND is beyond fabulous!" - For Your Literary Pleasure Blog Angelbound Origins In which Myla Lewis kicks ass and takes names. Nuff said. 1. Angelbound 2. Scala 3. Acca 4. Thrax 5. The Dark Lands 6. The Brutal Time (Fall 2019) 7. Armageddon (already here, long story!) 8. Quasi Redux (Fall 2020) Angelbound Offspring The next generation takes on Heaven, Hell, and everything in between 1. Maxon 2. Portia 3. Zinnia (Summer 2019) 4. Kaps (Summer 2020) 5. Huntress (Summer 2021) Angelbound Lincoln Angelbound Origins as told by Prince Lincoln 1. Duty Bound 2. Lincoln 3. Tricksters Also From Christina Bauer - Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, a series of modern fairy tales with sass, action, and romance - Beholder, where a medieval farm girl discovers necromancy and true love - Dimension Drift, a dystopian adventure with science, snark, and hot aliens Don’t Miss Out Get your FREE copy of Christina’s novella, BEVERLY HILLS VAMPIRE, when you sign up for her personal newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/bauersbooks ***Not available in stores***

As often happens this book was published out of order – as further/later books in this series have already come out. But it was worth waiting for as it I found it better than some of the others in this series – right up to last 20% where it began to ‘fail’.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed Zinnia as a character – her confusion about the outside world, her general character trained as it was by her captors, and her interaction with the band. Her sister was less interesting and seemed to be a very clumsy treasure hunter considering how long she had been undertaking it.

Bauer is an author who is inconsistent in her writing quality – some is excellent and some lacks that pazzazz that makes you want to read more – which was how I started with AngelBound – the Offspring have often been a little lacklustre. This one less so, so 4 stars.

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Let’s approve the dragons?

The First Human Rider: A Middang3ard Series Book Cover The First Human Rider: A Middang3ard Series
Dragons Approved 11 book series
Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle
fantasy, sci-fi, urban fantasy, sword and sorcery
LMBPN Publishing; 1 edition
(23 Dec. 2019)

Dragonriders are all that stand between Middang3ard and total annihilation. 

But their numbers are dwindling. 

With every passing day, more and more Dragonriders are falling under the scourge of the Dark One. 

The forces of humanity and their allies are desperate. They need a new hero to step up and turn the tide.

Myrddin, the resistance’s leader, thinks he might have found that someone…on Earth, of all places.

Word has just come from the east that the Dark One is launching his largest assault yet, but there is still time to stop him. If, that is, they can find someone good enough to take him on. 

Alex Bound just might be the rider they need.

But a human has never been accepted as a Dragonrider. 

Let alone a blind human...

Alex isn’t someone to step away from a fight. 

Not now, not ever, and she has no plans to start—even if she needs to ride a real dragon to make it happen.

or not.

The thing is I really like Ramy Vance’s writing and Michael Anderle’s – when they co-write with other authors but not with each other! To me it’s a very strange thing but it seems to me that they do their best work when they don’t go ‘dragons in space’! Because then they revert to young men writing Cowboys in Space – too much of their favourite sci-fi movies come over – ie Star Wars and bang bang you’re dead.

Oh, and can anyone tell me how to pronounce Middang3ard? Most annoying word ever.

This series irritated me in 2 dimensions – the bang bang you’re dead aspect, but also these very short books. I understand that it is difficult to keep the attention of young men, but they write longer books with other authors so they are more than capable. If they had taken the whole series and made it one book – or even two – that would have read better. I got tired of going onto KU and retrieving the next book after less than 30 minutes of reading.

Disappointed is all I can say.

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