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Quickie Book Review – Typist- Billionaire Novelist Series by Mimi Strong

Typist - Billionaire Novelist: Complete SeriesTypist – Billionaire Novelist: Complete Series by Mimi Strong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great mini series with a fabulous cast of characters, interesting (ahem) scenarios and that terrific humor that I’ve come to expect with Ms. Strong’s works.

If you love her other books, you’ll like this compelling collection as well!

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Have I said before how much I love this time of year?

Mmmm. Fall. Halloween. English Toffee lattes and Sweet potato pies.

And of course, for all the wonderful chances to get FREE books and swag through the seasonal Blog hops! I’m participating in one such Halloween hop that has soooo many participating Authors and sites that my head is spinning and I’m giddy with the excitement of it all.

In case you don’t understand how a “hop” works, just click the banner above  and find yourself with gads of other sites to “hop” on over to. Each site is giving something away, whether free books or cool swag, so definitely check out the other sites and see what you can win!

Now, for my Giveaway:

I’m offering up a paperback copy of Kill Me for your reading pleasure, an ebook copy of Kill Me, and a cool little mini-poster that features the Kill Me cover art (autographed too!)

Click here to enter to win via my Rafflecopter giveaway!

Book Review – Me and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey

Me and My Ghoulfriends (Larue Donavan #1)Me and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting “light” paranormal about a woman who can see and talk to ghosts– and owns a bookstore, the hot new business owner next door, and the *itch that owns the clothing store across the street.

As with the other books by Pressey that I’ve read, her humor and ability to give us quirky, realistic characters is what makes the books. The plotting in this book was fine (if though a little obvious)but the sparkle is in the people.

I’ll read more of the series for sure.

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Book Review – Death’s Avatar by S.M. Reine

Death's Avatar (Descent, #0.5)Death’s Avatar by S.M. Reine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve seen the author, S.M. Reine, around on a few boards and have been impressed by her wit and way with words, so when I noticed this book on Amazon I decided to give this series a whirl.

Death’s Avatar is a novella, meant to be an introduction to the series for those who’ve not read any of the books yet. It does a great job introducing the characters and setting the basics prior to the first novel. I’m intrigued by the characters and want to know more. I also had some “car accident moments” along the way… you know, when you just can’t look away even though you probably should.

Not passive at all, this novel takes off running almost from the beginning. There’s plenty of action, a good bit of death and destruction, and some pretty cool magic to be seen. I particularly like the author’s writing style: to the point when need be, just enough exposition to have it all make sense, hints at each characters personality without telling the reader what to think.

If the writing in this novella is any indication, I’d say that the name SM Reine will be on the wagging tongues of many as these books become more well known, and perhaps, even spawning something on the silver screen…

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Book Review – How to Date a Werewolf by Rose Pressey

How to Date a Werewolf by Rose Pressey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read another book by Pressey in the past (Rock n’ Roll is Undead) I somewhat knew what to expect– a quick fun paranormal read. And I was right.

But, this book was better in my opinion and I’m going to agree with another reviewer and say that Pressey has a gift for lighter, chick-lit style paranormal novels. Her ‘voice’ is unique and spot on, and I love the quirkiness that shines through as well.

I thought the plotting was fairly original and inventive. I’m quickly approaching middle-age (boo hiss!) so reading as the main character copes with unexpected hairiness was a good laugh. This book is choc full of humor, odd-ball characters and new takes on the paranormal stock rules. Pressey thinks outside of the box, and while it may not always pay off, it usually does for her.

On the mild complaint side, I was very irritated at Rylie’s best friends behavior, and thought she was let off the hook way too easy. Since this is a series, I’m curious to see how that relationship flows into the next book.

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American Vampire by J.R. Rain – Book Review

American Vampire (Vampire for Hire, #3)American Vampire by J.R. Rain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So far, this is my absolute favorite in the Vampire for Hire series. Obviously the books are well written and plotted, or I wouldn’t keep plowing through them. But there are a few things about this book that raised the bar up a few notches for me.

First, the little girl on the other end of the phone line, and Sam’s subsequent search for a tiny needle in a haystack. These bits gave me chills, goosebumps, a few lump-in-my-throat moments and what not. Although I’ve like the main character Samantha from the beginning, she’s always seemed like a bit of a tough nut. Here, readers got to see her vulnerable side. Good stuff this was!

Not to mention that plotting that lent itself to the title of the novel. That’s a whole other layer of complex and I’m interested to see where those pieces land as well!

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The Witch Is Back by H.P. Mallory (Book 4)- Review

The Witch Is Back (Jolie Wilkins #4)The Witch Is Back by H.P. Mallory

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read this series out of order (book three first, followed by one and two) it took me a minute to get my bearings when I started reading it. That said, even with my mild confusion about how the previous book ended, I was sucked in faster than a penny into a vacuum cleaner.

Jolie is back at the beginning of her story, back in her little fortune telling shop where Book One picked up, ignorant and unaware of the magical things that walk amongst us. And like the start of the series, everything hinges on the magical thing that walks through her lil’ shop door. Unlike the first time, that Magic Man is not Rand.

Now, I hesitate to divulge too much of the plot because it certainly was a twist on things and I don’t want to spoil all the fun for readers. In the grand scheme of things, I do believe I’ve fallen into team Sinjin territory over the course of the series so far — and Mallory must have read my mind. Yum.

That being said, reading The Witch Is Back was a bit like having trippy deja vu (or however you spell that). Some bits felt familiar like an old comfy sweater, while others felt odd in that alternate-universe kind of way. For example, Jolie’s BFF (Christa? I’m horrible with names)seemed a lot more randy and foul-mouthed than I remember her. Jolie is more naive than I recall. Sinjin is still Sinjin though, so there’s that. 🙂

I did have a few nitpicks with the whole time-travelling concept and “rules” which mainly revolve around this book’s resolution, but I can’t hardly spell them out for fear of spoiling all the fun for anyone reading this.

Overall, I still adore this series and it’s characters. In fact, I also have the ARC for Book 5 and devoured that one right after this book. So that should tell you something!

** I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley for review purposes.**

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