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REVIEW BY MERISSA - Ignite (Midnight Fire #1) by Kaitlyn Davis

Ignite - Kaitlyn Davis
This book is billed as "perfect for fans of Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and I can see it. To be honest, at the start of the book I was worried that it would just be like Twilight all the way through, as it starts with a girl moving to a new town, starting a new school and seeing someone she is intrigued by in the school canteen during her first lunch. Once I passed this stage though, I was taken in with the story of Kira, Tristan and Luke, and who and what they are. Once again though, the ending is reminiscent of Twilight as Kira is in hospital, but trust me, how she ends up there is completely different to Twilight and also how she behaves once she gets out. There are references to Buffy made in this story but, in my opinion, the only reason that the Twilight references stick out is because they are at the start and ending of the book. Otherwise, they would fade into the story more.

This story is well-written, the characters are developed and continue with this throughout. The grammar and editing have actually been looked at which always makes a nice change. I really enjoyed this story and have put the rest on my wishlist to get as soon as I can.

Recommended for all Paranormal Romance / Young Adult fans out there.
 
* Verified Purchase - November 2012 *
 
Merissa
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@DavisKaitlyn, #Young_Adult, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/ignitemidnightfire1bykaitlyndavis

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Hunter (Sinful Supes) by Xandrie Kovak

The Hunter - Xandrie Kovak
The Hunter has a small overlap with The Fervor and then continues straight after, giving you a snapshot into both points of view. Claire is doing what she can to protect Lucas, even as she works through her feelings that are quite simply overwhelming. She has a lot to learn, but as Vaughn says, she's not so much of a bunny this time around. There is plenty going on as Claire has to learn how to control her Succubus powers, taking lessons from an Incubus, as well as dealing with Vicks, AND trying not to die from Succubus starvation!
 
This is excellently written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The characters continue to go from strength to strength, and Claire and Lucas are fantastic together! I love this couple so much!!! Although this book is classed as the sequel to The Fervor, I would highly recommend that you read the whole series as there are brilliant insights into Camilla and West, as well as other characters, which help to round off the whole storyline. I really hope that this isn't the last we will hear from them, although it's not entirely clear from the epilogue. A wonderful, raw, violent, passionate world and I LOVED IT. Absolutely recommended by me.
 
* Verified Purchase ~ March 2017 *
 
Merissa
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#Dark, #Paranormal, #Fantasy, #Adult, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thehuntersinfulsupesbyxandriekovak

29th April 2017

Antología poética - C P Cavafis, Constantino P Cavafis, Constantino P. Cavafis

When you set sail for Ithaca,
wish for the road to be long,
full of adventures, full of knowledge.

 

Constantinos P. Cavafis

 

Though he spent most of his life in Egypt, Constantine Cavafy (born April 29, 1863) was a Greek-language poet whose work helped revive interest in Greek poetry and was celebrated by English writers like T.S. Eliot and E.M. Forster.

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Imagines (Imago #2) by N.R. Walker

Imagines - N.R. Walker
Imagines is the second book in the Imago series, and we reunite with Lawson and Jack six months after they first met. Their relationship is still going strong, and these two immediately gave me back the warm fuzzies! Jack wants Lawson to move in, but as far as Lawson is concerned, it will happen eventually, it is inevitable, so why rush it? They decide to take a holiday together, and it is as they are sorting out the details of where they would like to go, that Lawson receives an email regarding work, and they decide to kill two birds with one stone.
 
I won't say anymore about the story as I don't want to spoil it. All I will say is that these complement each other in every way. Jack is the cheese to Lawson's crackers, you just can't imagine one without the other. Their families are absolutely perfect for both of them too. There is some angst in this one, that had my heart pounding just that little bit harder, but I am more than happy with the ending and the epilogue that came after.
 
Exceptionally well written, this book will grip and delight as you follow these two men. There were no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, and the whole book was a warm fuzzy-fest of goodness! Absolutely loved it, most definitely recommend it; but now, if you will excuse me, I'm off to read Butterfly Hunter by Julie Bozza, as recommended by N.R. Walker in the special mention at the end.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/04/review-tour-giveaway-imagines-imago-2.html

28th April 2017

My First Summer in the Sierra - John Muir

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

 

John Muir

 

Happy Arbor Day! The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Spain in 1805—today it is a tree-planting holiday recognized around the world.

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Her Dangerous Mistake by Erin M. Leaf

Her Dangerous Mistake - Erin M. Leaf
Her Dangerous Mistake is a standalone steamy romance that just happens to involve DRAGONS!!! Moira hasn't had it easy, but she never expected to be chased and shot at, just for looking at a spreadsheet. Moira is all alone in the world, but she remembers a friend her father had and decides to head for him as her last hope. Neil is happy running his bar, Dracona, and ignoring his parents and the Dragon Council in general. The Dragon gene seems to be diminishing as the generations move on, but Neil doesn't seem to have any dilution of powers. When these two meet up, it is explosive and hot - quite literally.
 
This book is a fast-paced page turner, full of romance and shadowy intentions. Moira is a strong character, although she doesn't think she is. Neil is used to fighting his parents and the council by himself. Put these two together and you get an intriguing story that will definitely leave you wanting more. I loved this book and hope that there is more to come. Well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this was a wonderful book and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@erinmleaf, @TRRtweet, #Adult, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Suspense, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/herdangerousmistakebyerinmleaf

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Hunter Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises, #3) by A.M. Griffin

Hunter Claimed - A.M. Griffin

When Hunter and Asha’s worlds collide, neither is able to walk away from the other.

Asha has a simple plan for her life—her hopefully soon-to-be immortal life. All she’s ever wanted was to be so powerful that no one could ever hurt her again, and once she becomes a Vampire her dream will come true. Sure, being a Vampire’s protégé isn’t the easiest job a girl could have, but there are far tougher roads she could be walking, like following in her drug-addicted mother’s footsteps.

Hunter Arany hates Vampires, and with good reason. So when Dark Wolf Enterprises is forced to hire a group of the blood-suckers to find out who’s been stealing company money, he’s sure having them around will be a problem. He never figured it would the Vampires’ human servant who causes him the most trouble—trouble of the love and life-mate kind.

He’s hoping to convince Asha a brighter future exists in his arms, but old dreams fade slowly and can become living nightmares—of the dying kind.

 

@AMGriffinbooks, @Totally_Bound, @debbiereadsbook, #Erotic, #Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/hunterclaimeddarkwolfenterprises3byamgriffin

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Gift (Transitions #1) by Nikki Landis

The Gift - Nikki Landis
The Gift is the first book in the Transitions series, which delves into the world of the Clairvoyant, the medium who helps souls move on. Gemma is 29-years-old, and single. She has had relationships in the past, but doesn't 'crave' them. She even says that some of her relationships failed because she was "too independent, too secure." She meets the soul of a young girl and recognises that she had died a traumatic death, and has to help her. She goes to the police station where she finds out that the Lieutenant is none other than the man who tried to pick her up at the supermarket the night before. Victor and Gemma quickly become entwined, and the plot thickens.
 
There were parts about this story that I loved, and parts that just didn't seem to sit well with me (sorry!). Gemma is so independent, and yet she finds herself in bed with Victor (platonically) incredibly quickly! Not only in bed, but every aspect of her life. So why, when they are heading to somewhere that they both know is trouble, is Victor okay with Gemma's story that she felt sick and left to go home by herself? And yes, I know it wouldn't have helped his side of the story to move forwards, but it just seemed a tad strange. Also, Ryan! So independent, and yet clinging onto complete strangers? Sorry, but that didn't work for me. Why was the whole police station smirking at Gemma as she went forward to help the very first time? As for Victor himself, the question I was left with was Why? Cody - why? Yes, they are involved, but why? How? When? Like I said, some questions definitely left unanswered for me.
 
On the whole, I enjoyed this book for the new and refreshing take on the paranormal and suspense side of things. I just couldn't gel with the romance! However, this is just the first book in the series, so maybe things will become clearer as the story progresses. If you want something a bit different with your paranormal suspense, then I definitely recommend you give this one a try.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@landisnikkiauth, @TheIndiaRAdams, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thegifttransitions1bynikkilandis

REVIEW BY HELEN - Our Rules (Hot Wife #1) by Jennifer Kacey

Our Rules - Jennifer Kacey

When the foundation of their marriage falters, Michael and Tabitha must rediscover what it means for her to be his hot wife.

Tabitha is a hot wife. Not just a sexy wife. A hot wife. A wife allowed to be with other men with the permission of her husband.

Michael couldn’t love his wife more. Which is exactly why he shares her with others. Because she’s his.

On the cusp of everything they’re worked for—years in the making—a shattered promise threatens the foundation of their marriage. A foundation Michael had thought unbreakable until he lets Tabitha down in more ways than one.

Taking her submission for granted could lose him everything he’s strived for, and winning back her trust is the only thing that matters.

 

@JenniferKacey, @Totally_Bound, @helen291283, #Erotic, #Contemporary, #Romance, #BDSM, #Multiple_Partners, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/helen/ourruleshotwife1byjenniferkacey

BOOK TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Dangerous Interference by B.J. Wane

Dangerous Interference - BJ Wane
After her sister goes missing, Alena Malloy travels to Blue Springs, Maine—her sister’s last known location—to track her down. As she begins her search, however, Alena’s efforts quickly bring her into conflict with Randy Janzen, the local sheriff, and Nash Osbourne, a Scotland Yard detective involved in the case due to its similarity with a recent disappearance in the UK.
 
Randy and Nash make it quite clear to Alena they expect her to avoid interfering with their work, and when she defies them one time too many she earns herself a painful, embarrassing spanking. The humiliating punishment ignites a powerful desire in Alena, and despite her sore backside she finds herself yearning to be mastered more thoroughly.
 
The two stern, handsome lawmen agree to share Alena, and soon enough she is begging for more. But when Alena’s continued meddling in the investigation puts her life in grave danger, will Randy and Nash be able to protect her?
 
Publisher’s Note: Dangerous Interference includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/04/book-tour-review-giveaway-dangerous.html

27th April 2017

The Piano Lesson - August Wilson

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.


August Wilson

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson (born April 27, 1945) only attended school until the age of 15, but was largely self-educated thereafter. He spent so much time reading at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh that they later awarded him an honorary degree.

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Cherished by Two (Soul Match #2) by Morticia Knight

Cherished by Two - Morticia Knight

Destiny rewards those who embrace it.

Chris and his alien soul matches, Lasar and Nary, are ready to deepen their new bond as mates. It’s also time for Chris to begin his training as a Nasha, or sub, and for Nary to embrace his new role as Ahna, or Dom, to Chris. As three in the soul match, they are unique. Not only have Alasharians never matched with a human, they’ve never matched as three.

What makes them special also puts them in danger. The Supreme Healer warned Chris that many changes were ahead, ones even more startling than the original invasion. They must keep their match a secret until they know who they can trust.

As Ahna to both Nary and Chris, Lasar carries the responsibility of protecting his mates. A proud Alasharian warrior and commander, he’ll stop at nothing to keep them safe and to help Chris find his missing mother and sisters. To make sure that Chris’ cousin Morgan isn’t returned to the slave cages, he’s also arranged for a fellow commander to take Morgan into his care when he returns from battle.

Lasar and Nary are invited to a pleasure party by the Alasharian’s leader, the Nall, and are forced to bring Chris and Morgan. But a terrifying turn of events sets in motion what might be the beginning of the end for them all, unless they can resist the void.

 

@debbiereadsbook, #Erotic, #M_M, #Science_Fiction, #BDSM, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/cherishedbytwosoulmatch2bymorticiaknight

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Mated: Saving His Wolf - Wolf Summer - Drawn to the Wolves by @kerryadrienne, @sionnafox & @sharimikels

Mated: Saving His Wolf - Wolf Summer - Drawn to the Wolves - Kerry Adrienne, Shari Mikels, Sionna Fox
Mated is a collection of three different shifter stories by three authors. The stories have nothing in common with each other apart from the shifters, so you don't have to have read any previous work to gain the full enjoyment out of these novellas. They are all good lengths, and give you plenty of details not only about the main characters, but also about Pack history, situations etc.
 
They are all brilliantly written, drawing you into each story quickly, making you want the characters to gain their HEAs. There were no editing or grammatical errors in any of the stories that disrupted my reading flow. Although I have read some of Kerry Adrienne's work prior to this, I now have two further authors to look out. This collection was thoroughly enjoyable, and I definitely recommend it.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@TRRtweet, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/matedsavinghiswolf-wolfsummer-drawntothewolvesbykerryadriennesionnafoxsharimikels

26th April 2017

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus - Ludwig Wittgenstein

A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.


Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (born April 26, 1889) felt that he should not spend World War II just teaching at Cambridge, so he also got a job as a porter in a London hospital, where he tried to keep his identity a secret.

REVIEW BY ANGI - Engadine Aerie (Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery, #5) by Bluette Matthey

Engadine Aerie - Bluette Matthey
Hardy Durkin heads to the pristine Engadine Valley in Switzerland with the Skimarathon in mind, but is detoured by a body in the snow and an exotic beauty. While assisting TIGRIS in the hunt for a terrorist arms buyer he narrowly escapes two attempts on his life and meets a new and very deadly nemesis in Engadine Aerie.

 

 

@HardyDurkin, @AngiPlant, #Crime, #Mystery, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/angi/engadineaeriehardydurkintravelmystery5bybluettematthey

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love by Dale Cameron Lowry

Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love - Dale Cameron Lowry
Nine of Dale Cameron Lowry’s best short romance stories, available for the first time in one book. 

Part 1: Falling Fast

Warm up with whirlwind romances that last.
Mi Alma — Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn’t know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help out at his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension—and possibly something much deeper. Will this Christmas bring them both a love that lasts?
Loggerhead — Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles—and rekindling their passion for each other in the process. 
Reading the Signs — The only thing twenty-three-year-old Theo De Jong expects when he enrolls in a summer school for linguists in New Mexico is to get more ideas for his master’s thesis in Dutch Sign Language. But then he meets the American sign language expert Alfonso Grossman, and sparks fly. 

Part 2: Falling Fantastically
Because reality is overrated, these stories have elements of the fantastical.
Born of Fire — The fairies on Ireland’s north coast are notorious for kidnapping, and Aodhán of County Donegal has the scars to prove it. When the fairies abduct the handsome youth Cainnech, Aodhán seeks to free him—but risks losing his health and Cainnech in the process. 
Ghost of a Chance — When shy Jeremy Anderson meets mysterious and dapper Frank at his spooky old university library, their connection is instant. Their romance waxes with the full moon—but just as quickly, Frank’s interest seems to wane. He insists that he loves spending time with Jeremy, but then why does he keep Jeremy at arm’s length?
Far From Home — Rajiv met and fell in love with his husband, Mateo, when they were both members of the scientific team responsible for transforming Mars into a home suitable for humans. But years into their shared mission, Rajiv is ordered back to Earth to restore the barren lands of the American Midwest. With a little help from technology, the two men find innovative ways to nurture their long-distance relationship while they wait to reunite. 
Sweeter Than Blood — Keith was a vegan before a hot encounter with a stranger turned him into a vampire. In the year since, his sire, John, has tried to make up for the mistake by teaching Keith everything he knows about being a non-murderous bloodsucker. But temptation is strong in the form of Andres, a regular customer at the barbershop where Keith works. When Andres finally asks Keith on a date, the real danger begins. 

Part 3: Falling Deep
The deeper the love, the hotter the intimacy.
Rough Love — Blake thinks new boyfriend Michael doesn’t like French kissing. Michael thinks Blake doesn’t like rough sex. Neither are virgins, except in the art of conversation. Can they set things straight before the honeymoon’s over? 
Pacific Rimming — On Mike’s fortieth birthday, his husband, Ken, takes him on vacation to Vancouver Island in Western Canada to celebrate.

 

@DaleCLowry, @debbiereadsbook, #M_M, #Contemporary, #Fantasy, #Romance, #Collection, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/fallinghardstoriesofmeninlovebydalecameronlowry