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Wicked is what Wicked does: book review

Leagues and lives apart, Delaney and Sebastian navigate a world they’re not destined for together. Can Delaney let down her guard and learn to trust a WICKED Duke?

THE NEVERS + BRIDGERTON mashup! Historical romance with a sexy splash of the supernatural.

Tracy writes an excellent historical romance, with enough passion and joy in her stories and in these characters to make the reading easy and fun.
remembering of course, that this particular League has a paranormal 'bent' we get some interesting occasions and happenings when a rather nosy American comes visiting - after a husband of course, but not with the English Ton's mannerisms, language or behaviours - rather refreshing in fact and outgoing and exuberant in her behaviour. And then she meets a rather buttoned-up Lord...

Great series as it goes through the romances of the main characters and their strange ‘powers’ or magic. Each needing to learn how to control their power with the help of the others. So forming a tightknit group that live and learn together but also help each other ‘fight’ those who are frightened by these powers or who want to use them for nefarious means.

Nicely written and fun to read if not ‘high’ literature.

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A City Owl Press: Story Origins free books

An interesting take on magic but somewhat muddled in how it is explained.

The story has elements that in theory should keep the reader interested, but the style and storytelling minimise the interest rather than maximise.

I got to 50% of the way through, convinced I must be near to the end but was disappointed to find I wasn’t, and gave up.

2 stars for the right audience – which wasn’t me.

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Super-Heroes…

This is a series of 3 of which I read books 1 and 2 some time ago, but book 3 was then published, so I re -read 1 and 2 to remind myself of the storyline. Available in paperback and KU.

Our flawed heroine begins to mature into a responsible adult in book 3 as her relationship with Ghost – the Hero – develops during the hunt for Millenium.

In this world we have official Heroes. And Metahumans. I’m not sure what the difference exactly is except that registered Heroes are just that – registered with costumes and known powers. This is very much the Comic Book world written into a novel with a Hero Guild and enforcers to ensure that Heroes behave appropriately.  Society at large accepts Heroes but doesn’t know about Magic even though it is there and everywhere but hidden. There is a belief that Mundanes – i.e. ordinary humans – would accept Heroes but not magic users as it is too easy for magic users to behave selfishly and to harm others. They are not controllable would be the belief. Except they are controlled by a rigid hierarchy of magical creatures. And mythical creatures are real – see Fairies and goblins and dwarves.

Our Sorceress, Sage, is a magic user who also has metahuman – and then some – powers and strengths, and thus can hide in plain sight as a Hero or a bodyguard to mythical creatures. But in previous books, Sage was thrown into jail and thus has a difficult background and finds it hard to find a job, let alone control her rage or strength and magic. In this book, working with Ghost helps her to begin the control and she also works on developing her magic which she had abandoned after her father’s death.

These are fun books – comics as books – lots of snark, bad puns and jokes and great deeds from our Heroes!

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Steampunk!

This is book 2 of a series set in a Steampunk world.

There is a Creation myth of the 2 goddesses – the Sun and the Moon. Who fell out with other – hence the separation in the sky, but a war is about to commence in this magical world with bionic enhancements. The Sun and Moon goddesses were at each other’s throats.

This world has a whole set of creation myths involved in it, including many minor gods such as a trickster created to look after all aspects of life – even cheese making!

Technology was considered as the evil as it permitted the creation of terrible weapons and thus war and conquest – and ultimately a war amongst the gods. Again. And – as technology improved so the worship of the old gods diminished and was linked into one set of worship.

This book is good, in my opinion for mid-teens to read. I was given it to read by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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When is a cat a killer? Book Review

So this is a review for 7 books – a whole series – that’s what Covid lockdown did to me – I just read whole series all the way through. Luckily for me it was easy, as they came in 2 packaged books – 1-4 and 5-7.

This is a fantasy novel with orphaned cat shifters who act as Assassins and are trained in their trade in a special academy. There are other shifters involved and a children trafficking ring and lots and lots of cats of all shapes and sizes. The world they live in bears little resemblance to our own, so it is easy to believe in as we see it through the eyes of our story characters. Each book ends on a cliff-hanger which encourages the reading of the next, and as the story progresses the world becomes richer and more detailed and the characters more interesting. The suspense is good and the plot rich and complex.

We also find our Heroine Kat involved in a reverse harem by the end of the series.

The books are:

  • Meow
  • Scratch
  • Purr
  • Hisss
  • Lick
  • Claw
  • Roar

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