Book two in noir world – The queen of diamonds by Patricia Loofbourrow

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Author: Patricia Loofborrow

Published: October 2016

IBSN13: 9781944223038

Description:

NO ONE IS AS THEY SEEM …
While the villain Frank Pagliacci has been defeated, all is not well in Bridges. The Four Families accuse each other of spying while Red Dog attacks escalate. Aristocratic jewel merchant Dame Anastasia Louis, styling herself “The Queen of Diamonds,” hires her long-time friend, private eye Jacqueline Spadros, to collect from her debtors so she can leave the city.
But Jacqui can’t leave David Bryce’s kidnapping and the murders of her teenage informants unpunished. Convinced that her mortal enemy, the madman “Black Jack” Diamond, was complicit in the crimes, she pursues ways to prove it. The scoundrel and his crew, however, seem to be one step ahead: the terrifying man in white is seen outside David’s home, forged letters are appearing across the city, and merchants in the Spadros quadrant report threats from a man who fits his description.
Jacqui is warned of a plot against her life. Those who try to warn Jacqui are murdered, and evidence emerges that Jacqui’s mother is next on the list. With time running out, Jacqui is forced to make a horrifying choice.
Someone will surely die. Will it be Jacqui, or her mother?

Review:

Second book of the series, Patricia still know her work. The same level as first book. Super!
Cover is stunning! It doesn’t overwhelmed reader, and make you curious what is inside the book.
Here Jacqui has to deal with one of Diamond’s – get evidences for his deeds in the past. We follow Jacqui in her mission (like in first book).
Everything in this book has it’s place (nothing come like in blink without reason that were written earlier or further in te book). Events are well described that made me think i was in the middle of it!
I can tell i’m not a huge fan of these kind of books, but here I LOVE IT!
This book has a little slower pace then first one, but still twists were like in some old castles (i thought abut GoT n that parts).
I recommend this book to people who like: first person; independent women in mans world; fast paced story; elements of mistery.

I came from other world, the story of the teenager who found his heirtage – The Mark of Noba by G. L. Tomas

 

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Author: G. L. Tomas

ISBN: 1943773009

Published: August 2015

Description:

Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.
But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shape shifter that’s marked them for destruction.
Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jump starting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.
If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.

 

Review:

Where to begin (as all minds want to scream in one time)
For sure i LOVED it!!
The cover is, well… just accurate, not to much, not too little just perfect 🙂
This is a mix of young adult and fantasy genere. We have each of it in proportions that won’t make reader overwhelmed during reading.
Each character has place in this story, all of them has personality and different relationships with each other (which is sometimes very hard to write in good way) 🙂
This story its written in first person (mostly Sterling’s point of view and less Tetra’s). Sterling is a strange character i can’t say I loved him, but for sure i liked him. Tetra is totally different story – i loved her way of being so naive sometimes 🙂 Her dialogues with Sterling or Kip made me lough almost out loud 🙂
The plot goes rather smoothly, i didn’t have problems with understanding it 🙂
I recommend it to people who love Young Adult; interesting characters and very well written plot 🙂

New nice series! Dead Things by Martina McAtee

25986688About book 1:

17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is.
They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.

 

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About book 2:

17-year-old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider. She was right. She’s a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back her friend.
Old enemies are lurking; waiting for their opportunity to strike but the pack has a new problem. A group of legendary hunters has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; attacking those closest to the pack.
Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin’s powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can’t tell the pack. One that leaves the pack vulnerable.
An attack on pack allies, leaves one member of the group injured and another missing, along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath. Their entire plan lynches on a dangerous bargain, but rescuing one member of the pack could mean losing another in their place…possibly forever.

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I especially find this series fascinating. So many paranormal spices in one book; i have very high expectations as i can see huge potential in it 🙂

Martina McAtee I hope to enjoy your books very much!

Strange ability and love in space – Sail by Lindsey R. Loucks

31924378Author: Lindsey R. Loucks

ASIN: B01LK9XAYW

Published: October 2016
Description:
Nineteen-year-old Absidy Jones is a ghost magnet, a sensitive person spirits flock to when they can’t cross over. After her brutal past escaping the hordes of ghosts vying for her attention, she spends her reclusive existence melting down iron into bite-sized pieces. Whether alloy or wrought, ancient paper clips or nails, consuming iron is the only thing that keeps the ghosts away.
But when Absidy’s sister goes missing in deep space, a dangerous place brimming with rogue planets, ship-eating nebulas, and vicious aliens, Absidy vows to find her. She leaves her safe haven and boards the first ship she can that’s on a direct route to deep space—a ship that turns out to be haunted.
To keep the malicious ghosts from killing her, the alluring bad boy pilot gifts her a small bundle of all the iron on the ship. But their growing relationship is tested with the crew’s prying eyes and hidden secrets.
While the ship sails into deep space, it’s not just her sister’s life that Absidy fears for. It’s her own, as well. Especially since her stash of iron has shrunk to zero.
Review:
In this book we are in space (far far away). The concept of this book if you ask me is very unusual – it was the reason i stared reading it.
It was a good book just to read and then wait for the second (it had lots of twists, but unfortunately not that big in romance level).
A. Jones – girl with strange power that make her shiver. She was good, the way she behaved with ghosts around and about iron (i like it very much – realistic). She would do anything for her older sister 🙂
Mase – sometimes i loved him and then i another started almost hating him.
Aliens (Saelis) were very strange; but made hmm… i was sure what they are about sometimes.
I will wait for next book as it made me interesting how they will deal with aliens 🙂

Witch, fae & love – Blood Ice & Oak Moon by Marsha A. Moore

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Author: Marsha A. Moore

Published: October 2016

 

Description:

Esme Underhill is about to discover a darkness hidden inside her that could destroy her chance for independence and possibly kill her.
Esme’s mother took her young daughter away from Southern Indiana’s Coon Hollow Coven to prevent her from learning about the unusual witchcraft she had inherited. When Esme is twenty-seven, her beloved Grammy Flora passes away and leaves her property in the Hollow to her granddaughter. With this opportunity to remake her life and gain independence, Esme attempts to emulate Grammy Flora as a wildwood mystic who relies on the hedge world of faeries to locate healing herbs. But fae are shrewd traders. When they open their world to her, she must meet the unknown malevolence of her birthright.
Thayne, the handsome king of the fae Winter Court, faces his own struggle to establish autonomy as a new regent. He is swept into the tempest of Esme’s unfolding powers, a dangerous threat to his court. His sworn duty is to protect his people, despite Esme’s beauty and allure, which tear at his resolve.
Both Esme’s and Thayne’s dreams of personal freedom are lost…unless they can trust each other and overcome surmounting dangers.

Review:

This is my first book written by Marsha. It’s counted as third in the series, but for sure it can be read as standalone novel.
It took me sometime to get into the story, rules in Coon Hollow, characters. After it i really enjoyed the story.
The concept of waywards was something new to me – and i enjoyed it (added some drama in the story).
The courts of faes – also how their hierarchy look like descriptions, made my fantasy working and imagining everything.
Esmeralda (Esme) was a women who try to find her place in the world and in the city, get to know her heritage from her mother and father. She is determined to do everything on her own, but during book she change herself and allow other people to help her.
Thayne – king – is a man who has a dilemma what should be first: his court or Esme. To see how he deal with it you have t read it 🙂
This is a book for fae and witches fan, determined women lovers.

Women detective in neo-Victorian time -The Jacq of Spades by Patricia Loofbourrow

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Author: Patricia Loofbourrow

IBSN: 1944223002

Publish: November 2015

Description:

The once-beautiful domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. Social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dogs.
Jacqueline Spadros has a dream life: a wealthy husband, a powerful family. But her life is not what it seems. Kidnapped from her mother’s brothel and forced to marry, the murder of her best friend Air ten years before haunts her nightmares. She finds moments of freedom in a small-time private eye business, which she hides in fear of her sadistic father-in-law.
Air’s little brother disappears off his back porch and the Red Dogs are framed for it. With the help of a mysterious gentleman investigator hired by the Red Dogs to learn the truth, Jacqui pushes her abilities to their limits in hope of rescuing the child before the kidnapper disposes of him.

Review:

This is my first book written by Patricia Loofbourrow and i hope not the last one.
Book is in first person (Jacqueline Spadros) who is a main character in this series. I thought it would be an easy going book with not big surprises, but IT WAS NOT!!
Jaqui is a brilliant women, she wants to live fully in the world where mans are ruling everything. She try to deal with other people, to find her place and make everything well.
Each character has its own role and a way of behaving (like Roy or Tony), that made this book full, it has depth 🙂
The detective thing inside made book a good pace, action moved smoothly and wisely.

I recommend this book to people who like reading in first person, detective thing, women who can live/find her way in world dominated by mens.

Patricia it was brilliant, thank you!

Motor gang, love & revenge – Threat by Tia Lewis

 

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ISBN: 153709484X

Published: October 2016

Description:

As V.P. of the Blood Riders MC, Drake is used to calling the shots, getting his way, and sleeping with every biker groupie within reach. When he meets Nicole, her feisty, headstrong beauty pulls him in, even as his instincts warn him she’s hiding something.
Nicole is determined to learn who killed her father, a detective who was investigating the Blood Riders. When the chemistry between her and Drake becomes much more, she’s caught between her desires and her desperate need for answers.
Then her search turns deadly, and Nicole has to put everything on the line―and trust that the man she’s fallen for will forgive her betrayal. Will he come to her defense … or will his eyes be the last thing she ever sees?

Review:

I received an ARC in exchange for honest review.
This is my first book written by Tia. And i’m glad i read it 😉
This book is my come back to that genere, i haven’t read it recently.
I read it really fast. The action goes fast (sometimes too fast). I would loved to have a slower version of their romance.
I was really glad that there was something else beside sex as some authors nowadays forget about plot and other characters just to let them do it everywhere. But NOT here – we have a lot characters twists, and problems.
And for sure i liked all descriptions very catchy 😉
Good job Tia!