Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fire Burn (Toil & Trouble Book 2) by Wendy Knight

Pre-order available March 9, 2017
**This is the second book in the series  can be read first**
“I’ve always been able to see the auras. But I knew you couldn’t because you refuse to see the darkness in people and I didn’t want you to ever change. So I didn’t tell you.”
Fate thought the prophecy was over. She graduated high school, made big plans with her family and her boyfriend to travel the world, and got a full-ride scholarship for college in the fall.
Despite blowing up the chemistry lab twice.
But all that changes when the witches show up, because the war they thought they won is just beginning and without Fate and Destiny leading the way, it’s a war they will all lose. Unfortunately, the coven wants them to lead separate teams. Like they somehow don’t realize Fate works better with her sister by her side.
Oh, and Damien.
Damien isn’t going to let the girl he loves face these odds alone. In fact, he’ll risk everything, even her, to help win this battle and keep her alive. Damien makes an impossible choice, one that will change them all.
Sometimes, love isn’t the answer.

Cauldron Bubble (Toil & Trouble) book #1 by Wendy Knight

“You’ve just always been the powerful one. I’m the smart aleck.”  
“We’re the same. I’m night, you’re day. You have to have both to have life.”  
“You can hide in the shadows.”  
“And you can shine like the sun. This prophesy is about both of us.”  

Destiny doesn't think she's anything special. The daughter of an outcast witch. Her twin, Fate, is her best friend, so that's awesome. They're experts in love potions and selling them to crazy high school kids. 

So they can buy more shoes. 

But that all changes when their school is attacked by warlocks—warlocks who want her power for their own. The attack launches her onto the path the stars have chosen for Destiny, Fate, and their long-lost father. 

Oh, and Quin. 

Quin, who's the son of a witch, only tolerating Destiny's presence because she can save his mother. Except along the way, that all changes, and he realizes Destiny is everything he never knew he wanted. The only problem is she thinks if love can be made from a potion, it can't be a real thing. 

If they survive this, he's going to prove her wrong. 

Enter the three Witches

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
                      from Macbeth
A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.
                Enter the three Witches.
       1 WITCH.  Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
       2 WITCH.  Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
       3 WITCH.  Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
       1 WITCH.  Round about the caldron go;
    In the poison’d entrails throw.—
    Toad, that under cold stone,
    Days and nights has thirty-one;
    Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
       ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       2 WITCH.  Fillet of a fenny snake,
    In the caldron boil and bake;
    Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
       ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       3 WITCH.  Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
    Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
    Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
    Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;
    Liver of blaspheming Jew;
    Gall of goat, and slips of yew
    Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
    Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
    Finger of birth-strangled babe
    Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,—
    Make the gruel thick and slab:
    Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
    For the ingrediants of our caldron.
       ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       2 WITCH.  Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
    Then the charm is firm and good.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Our Very Own Dog: Taking Care of Your First Pet by Amanda McCardie, Salvatore Rubbino (Illustrations)

If you have a new dog companion--or want to adopt one--here's a story full of facts that tells you everything you need to know. 
There's nothing more exciting than getting a dog! Join Sophie's new human family as they prepare their home for her and introduce her to life as a beloved pet. Follow along as they learn about bedding and bowls, treats and training, walks and washing--and even an unexpected dog show! Factual notes run alongside the simple story, offering tips that will help turn tentative dog adopters into doting experts.

Thank you

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Magic Brew by Tracy. Rae Mitchell

I reviewed  this book awhile ago but I needed to post it again because this story is such a good supernatural story.

They call me Edge, and I’m the only supernatural in New York City with Djinn powers. My gang is known as the Forsaken. We’re the throwaways of our kind, despised by purebloods for being mixed breeds. Banishment, rejection and abandonment bind us. Yet our differences are what make us powerful, and close to unstoppable. Until today.  We’ve been double-crossed. The one person we trusted above all others, lured us into a trap set by a gang of warlocks. They’ve crippled my powers and tried to enslave me for the rare magic pumping in my veins. I gave them the slip, but now there’s a price on my head and the road home is blocked by gangs of shifters, witches, vampires, demons and deadly fae. Odds are good we won’t all make it back alive. But you can be damn sure, me and my crew won’t go down without a fight. 

My Review: 
The wide range of powerful misfit that are either pure bred or mixed bred overpowered this unique gang story. Gangs? All takes place in the vicinity of New York City, a summit of all gangs in New York will gather. but something goes terribly wrong, two separate being joins forces and havoc errupts. Got to get back to Coney Island where the 'Forsakens' home turf is safe and sacred grounds, which they control. Now the travel back to Coney (southwestern Brooklyn) right there made this story the thriller and adventure I certainly enjoyed. The abundance of characters and let me tell you I made a mental note of who and what they were and to top it off their unique abilities is mind blowing. Did I get confused at some point? Maybe a tad but I found myself so absorbed in the intensity that I dismiss that hiccup and moved on. This one particular gang called the 'Forsaken' a tight knit and uniquely bonded group of colorful characters of half breeds. You have, Djin mixed with something and this something is part of the mystery. Besides the Djin, you have various demons mixed with pixies or witches or warlocks, vampires. Japanese Oni demon, okay that really got my interest. Shadow walker, fire elemental, selkies, goblins, gnomes, so much and so good. That is not the half of it, the gangs, well . . . well . . . well . . . Deathwalkers, Wraiths, Shifters, Bonegrinders, Shamrocks, Red Dragons, Mechs, Pink Ladies, Carnies, of course I cannot leave the Bad Hat gang out of this mess and if you read the story you will know the reason why. Each gangs have gnarly abilities that you would not wish upon your worse enemies. After reading what they could do goosebumps crawled all over my arms, eek! The struggles the protaganist 'Edge' endures, being half Djin and half?. Okay what's up with the other half, the essence of this story is based on the other half of his hereditary gene. Edge knows one half of what he is but the other half will dumbfound him so much so it might change the course of events or will it? The Forsaken is a misfit of a gang but what binds them together, the pain, the banishment, the rejection and abandonment? All the above but friendship and belonging equals family. So much more to read and so much will unfold that this story will leave a smile on your face like it did to me. You will have your moments of displeasure and pleasure and you will feel their disappointment and their pain and lost, sniff . . . sniff . . . shucks the water works will happen. The author eloquently wrote with such flair and vigor to make you feel and believe and I truly did. Now I must confess I saw a movie that was made in 1979 called the 'Warriors' uncanny similarity but the difference the mythical creatures and paranormal vibes. No matter, because I was entertained. There's more to the story but I will leave it up to you to read it, I cannot write anymore on this review or else a novel of a review will be displayed. Thank you to the author for giving me the opportunity to have a free ARC digital download, oh yeah I ordered my digital download when it comes out. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hailey's Truth (The Bodyguards of L.A. County #3) by Cate Beauman

Hailey Roberts has never had it easy. Despite the scars of a tragic childhood, she’s made a life for herself. As a part-time student and loving nanny, she yearns for a family of her own and reluctant Austin Casey, Ethan Cooke Security’s best close protection agent.

Hailey’s past comes back to haunt her when her long lost brother tracks her down, bringing his dangerous secrets with him. At an emotional crossroads, Hailey accepts a humanitarian opportunity that throws her together with Austin, taking her hundreds of miles from her troubles, or so she thinks.

What starts out as a dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare as violence erupts on the island of Cozumel. Young women are disappearing, community members are dying—and the carnage links back to her brother.

As Austin struggles to keep Hailey’s past from destroying her future, he’s forced to make a decision that could turn her against him, or worse cost them both their lives.

Falling For Sarah (The Bodyguards of L.A. County #2) by Cate Beauman

Widow Sarah Johnson struggled to pick up the pieces after her life was ripped apart. After two years of grieving, she’s found contentment in her thriving business as photographer to Hollywood’s A-list and in raising her angel-faced daughter, Kylee... until bodyguard and long-time friend Ethan Cooke changes everything with a searing moonlight kiss. 

Sarah’s world turns upside down as she struggles with her unexpected attraction to Ethan and the guilt of betraying her husband’s memory. But when blue roses and disturbing notes start appearing on her doorstep, she has no choice but to lean on Ethan as he fights to save her from a stalker that won’t stop until he has what he prizes most.