Wickedly Powerful by Deborah Blake


Wickedly Powerful (Baba Yaga, #3)

By: Deborah Blake
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, urban fantasy
Pages: 304
Publisher: Berkley
Published on: February 2nd 2016
Wickedly Powerful by Deborah Blake

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…
The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.
But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.
Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…

Also by this author: Wickedly Dangerous (Baba Yaga, #1), Wickedly Wonderful (Baba Yaga, #2)

 

This is the third and currently last book in the Baba Yaga series.  There is an off shoot series that deals directly with the riders that are part of every Baba book.  This one deals with the fire.  Bella and her magical motorcycle arrive in a forest, a victim of magical fires.  A lot of this book’s sub plot is directly related to the first two’s sub plots.  I of course bucked the system and read this one first.  It was a good starting point.  Especially since I like fire, and there is a lot of that in this book.

 

So the story starts with sweet little Baba Yaga Bella.  Like Kono from Hawaii 5.0, Bella is sweet and spicy.  But she does have a classic motorbike and possessed ‘house’.  The forest is near nothing, except for a fire watcher.  The firewatcher used to be a wildland firefighter, like I was.  This was an actual event that occurred in Arizona. Anyways the incident left the firefighter as the only survivor.  Disfigurement and survivor’s guilt haunted him on a daily basis.  The fear was so strong, that he could not be near open flame.

 

This book isn’t just about fires, but also about how two wounded individuals can learn from each other.  Sometimes with the help of a large dog/dragon.  So anyways, magical fires, and Bella has control over flame.  See where this could go astray?  During the course of her investigation, a fire began so close to someone, that death was imminent.  Bella had to decide if saving a life was worth exposing her abilities, or ehh…lack thereof.

 

At the same time, there is a subplot that directly involves the Riders and boy is it a doozy. Bella’s job becomes a lot harder with the Riders thrown in.  She not only has to keep Sam from the truth, saving a lost one, and figuring herself out.  Oh did I mention her dog is a dragon? and that her living arrangements are strange.

 

I really enjoyed this book.  The Baba Yaga mythology has always interested me.  I have ancestors who are gypsys from that overall region.  Maybe that is why I like Vampires mythos so much as well.  Obviously these are not the chicken house living, child eating Babas of yore, but they can hold their own. The thing is, even though at a certain time, all Babas leave earth, some don’t want to.  Being a Baba is tiring. After years of helping everyone, retirement is not a bad idea. They have raised their successor, so why stay around? The elixir of Life and Death does funny things to certain people.

 

The story as a whole is very good and really gets into the character’s personality.  Even though all three Baba’s are strong independent women, they are all different.  I really respect that the author gives each one different abilities and distinct personalities.  It makes each book a standalone.  Another thing I really like is their dragons are also completely different.  Not just in size, or type, but in personality.  They are snarky, smart, and sneaky.

 

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About Deborah Blake

Deborah is the author of nine non-fiction books on modern witchcraft from Llewellyn and the Baba Yaga series from Berkley Romance, including Wickedly Magical (novella), Wickedly Dangerous, and Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Ever After (novella), and Wickedly Powerful, plus an urban fantasy, Veiled Magic.

Deborah lives in a 120 year old farmhouse in upstate NY with four cats, and runs an artists' cooperative shop when she's not writing. She believes in magic, laughter, chocolate, and wine. The order may change depending on the day.

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Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich


Explosive Eighteen

By: Janet Evanovich
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 305
Series: Stephanie Plum #18
Publisher: Bantam
Published on: November 22nd 2011
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich. Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 from Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, she’s flying back to New Jersey solo, and someone who sounds like Sasquatch is snoring in row 22. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. The FBI, the fake FBI, and guns-for-hire are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying. Only one other person has seen the missing photograph—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back. Over at the Bail Bonds Agency it’s business as usual—until the bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke, Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their “largest” FTA yet, lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment, and everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?! Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii.  And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.
From the Hardcover edition.

 

Yes this is the 18th book in the series, and yes this is the first one I read.  Now that that is out of the way, we can get to the story.  Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter.  She works for her cousin Vinnie (heehee)  Her best friend is Lula who is a ex-hooker.  She is Italian and has a big family and bigger hair.  She has a boyfriend and a Boy toy.  Well that was easy.

 

So this book starts with an envelope and a bad/good guy.  Even though Stephanie thinks the envelope was for someone else, other people aren’t forgiving.  In fact at times it seems the whole world is after her.  Of course no one believes her.  At the same time she is still finding bounty’s for her Cousin Vinnie.  Honestly I can’t get over his name.  I assume everyone as see the cult classic My Cousin Vinnie?  If not you should check it out.  Anywoo,  Lula, her best friend, helps Stephanie out when it involved a bounty near any type of food.  To call her big boned would be an understatement.  She does rock whatever color of hair and clothing she wants so there is that.  So while on a bounty, a guy keeps stealing Stephanie’s car.  A wanted criminal, who happens to somehow get under Lula’s tough exterior.   Much to Stephanie’s chagrin.

 

As this book is based in Trenton, NJ, it has all the swagger, attitude, and lingo that you grew to love on Jersey Shore.  Okay it really isn’t that bad, but if you aren’t from there, it does give you a little insight.  Especially with regards to families and criminal elements.

 

After finishing the book, I talked to someone who has read them all.  Her suggestion was that I should have started with 1, but that they can all be standalones.  You may just miss some of the underlining jokes.  While true, it shouldn’t stop you from reading this book. This book is considered a comedic thriller.  There instances where Stephanie’s life may be danger, although they are usually at her own doing.  The whole Ranger/Morelli thing killed me in this book, and it does no better in the next one I read.  Overall a good book that deserves reading.

 

 

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Entasy by Brynn Myers


Entasy (Prophecies of The Nine, #0.5)

By: Brynn Myers
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 246
Series: Prophecies of the Nine #0
Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing / Smashwords
Published on: June 19th 2012
Entasy by Brynn Myers

Kylah is the granddaughter of two Celtic goddesses but due to a tragedy Kylah's memories were taken to protect her. She has no idea who she really is but soon she will find out...soon she will have to confront her past in order to save her future.
**This book is not a YA read. This book contains a detailed sex scene and is not suitable for young readers.**

Also by this author: The Echoed Life of Jorja Graham, Falling Out of Focus

I received this book for free from Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

 

Shockingly, this is another book that I got from 2016 Coastal Magic. Actually I got a beautiful bookmark that had a little book on it. When I turned it over I had won a copy of Brynn’s novel Entasy.  Melanie and I later got to have dinner with Brynn. That doesn’t affect my rating, if it was not 5 star, I wouldn’t rate it as one.

 

Kylah is a normal girl who lives with her two brothers. Her brothers are very protective but after their parent’s death. Understandable, but when a man seems to be following her. Kylah notices a man following her. When she tells her brother, he assigns her a bodyguard. A very attractive bodyguard.

 

While gearing up for their big Halloween bash, Kylah finds a journal that she believes is her mother’s. A drawing found inside leads her on a path to find the perfect Halloween costume. One that shocks her family. After killing the man, things get weird for Kylah. A man declares his undying love. There is a group of people who all know her, but that she doesn’t know. Obviously something is going on that she doesn’t know about. But how much will she find out, and can she survive Halloween?

 

This is a really good start to a series. It has the main characters, a bit of their personalities, and the main issues. Many of the issues and topics broached during this Novella will likely carry through all of the books. I honestly appreciate that attention to detail. There is a level of disappointment in reading a sneak peek, only to have the series be completely different. Even though this is a full length book, it reads almost as a novella. By that I mean it reads really fast. Like one day fast. I guess I can kind of gauge how much I like a book by how fast it takes me.

 

Obviously, that is not the only criteria. If it took me months of constant reading, I would likely not enjoy it as much.  If you are reading this and you’re an author that I read and I gave you a good rating.  Then you go to my Goodreads and it says I read it over many months. This is likely because I have the attention span of a newt. Not only that, but I am like a dragon, I like shiny and new.  Long story short, trust my reviews 🙂

 

 

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Brynn Myers is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author. After considering writing a hobby for years, she finally turned her passion and talent into a career. She came into the paranormal genre later than most but has always loved fairy-tales and all things magical. Using that love, she creates charmed worlds by writing stories involving passionate, strong willed characters with something to discover.

Brynn lives with her family in the Brevard County, Florida area.

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Teased by Rebecca Zanetti


Teased

By: Rebecca Zanetti
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 132
Series: Dark Protectors, #7.5
Published on: December 8th 2015
Teased by Rebecca Zanetti

The Hunter
For almost a century, the Realm’s most deadly assassin, Chalton Reese, has left war and death in the past, turning instead to strategy, reason, and technology. His fingers, still stained with blood, now protect with a keyboard instead of a weapon. Until the vampire king sends him on one more mission; to hunt down a human female with the knowledge to destroy the Realm. A woman with eyes like emeralds, a brain to match his own, and a passion that might destroy them both—if the enemy on their heels doesn’t do so first.
The Hunted
Olivia Roberts has foregone relationships with wimpy metro-sexuals in favor of pursuing a good story, bound and determined to uncover the truth, any truth. When her instincts start humming about missing proprietary information, she has no idea her search for a story will lead her to a ripped, sexy, and dangerous male beyond any human man. Setting aside the unbelievable fact that he’s a vampire and she’s his prey, she discovers that trusting him is the only chance they have to survive the danger stalking them both.

 

 

Another book that I got while I was at the 2016 Coastal Magic. Apparently it takes me awhile to read them all 🙂

 

This is another novella, and one that I finished in less than 90 minutes. Not only because it wasn’t that long, but also because it was so good that I couldn’t put it down. I mean sink overfilling, kids running around with marker all over their face, food burning kind of good. I read mostly when minion is at school or after she is asleep. So she wasn’t actually running around and I didn’t burn food. It could happen though. So if you do have food cooking or a child running around, don’t read this during that time.

 

Charlton, a vampire assassin turned computer geek is just living his immortal life. Every day he attempts to move away from his past. The job to grab Olivia has his past and present colliding. Olivia, a reporter that is on a hot story that could make or break her career. The job sounds easy, however, that is furthest from the truth.  Conveniently another group is also searching for her, and they may not be as nice. Charlton uses all of his abilities for this job.

 

This is your bad guy turned good guy story. Also it’s the savior of the damsel in distress type story. It is so much more. It is a story about what happens when a family has issues. When you dedicate your life to something that you feel so strongly about everything else seems to fade away.  Even more, it is about how no matter what, family is important. If you don’t have family, then you may have anything except for a computer and an image on a screen.

 

The other books are going to be exciting. This is 7.5 in the series. The whole story line that lingers below the surface of this story is really interesting. If they all have the same level of characterization and writing, then I am sure they will be good books.

 

 

 

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

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Dead Spooky by Boone Brux


Dead Spooky: A Novella (Grim Reality Series)

By: Boone Brux, Ravyn Humphreys
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 92
Series: Grim Reality
Publisher: Boone Brux
Published on: October 31, 2016
Dead Spooky by Boone Brux

Halloween wouldn't be complete without a good haunting, or without some wayward spirit messing up my plans. My name is Lisa, and because I'm a grim reaper, I'll be spending All Hallows Eve trying to capture the ghost of a serial killer instead doing normal things like trick-or-treating with my kids, or drinking wine while I pass out candy.

Yep, that about sums up my life.

The only good things I have going for me tonight are the gigantic sack of Halloween candy stuffed in my purse, and the fact that Nate isn't too bad to look at. No doubt, the evening will be a night to remember...if I make it out alive.

Also by this author: To Catch Her Death (Grim Reality, #1), Styx and Stoned, Styx and Stoned

 

 

 

Boone Brux is back with her Novella, Dead Spooky. I thought that I had already done it, but apparently not. It was released back on Halloween, and I read it on Halloween.  What? I also went out and went to a party, maybe ;).  First a little about the author.  I met Boone at Coastal Magic last year.  She has a romance series out there, but what hooked me was her reaper, a snarky, mom who falls into it. Both Melanie and I have read her other two books, Styx and Stoned and To Catch her death, which have both found spots on our 28 days, so I guess it is fitting her novella does as well. I also heard that she may have another reaperish book coming out.

 

Okay, so to the book. Dead Spooky is a novella that takes place up in Alaska, it falls after the second book, but is also a bit of a stand alone as it has one separate case that does not directly relate to her time in Vegas. It has her same partner (duh). This book is based on a theatre that has some issues, and by issues, I mean women die on Halloween. Obviously not every Halloween since they closed it down, but the ancestry of a former owner wanted to do something with it.

 

Boy did they not know what they were getting into, it wasn’t just one ghost, but a whole theatre of them. Some had sad stories, some had interesting stories, and then there is the killer. A killer who is not who anything thinks it is. Oh did I mention that this theatre holds a Halloween show every year, yup a ghostly theatre show.

 

I like this story because it is different than the first two. Yes it gets a little mushy with the partners. They maybe or maybe not kiss. I also like the whole story about the theatre and how sometimes people are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It is worth the read, go check it out.

 

 

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Boone's stories range from high fantasy to humorous paranormal.

Having lived all over the world, and finally settling in the icy region of Alaska, she's always looking for the next adventure. It's not unusual to find Boone traversing the remotest parts of the Alaskan bush, gathering information for her stories. No person or escapade is off limits when it comes to weaving real life experiences into her books or blogs.

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