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12th August 2017

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity - Katherine Boo

Much of what was said did not matter, and that much of what mattered could not be said. 

 

Katherine Boo

 

Happy birthday, Katherine Boo! The American investigative journalist and author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2000 with her series about group homes for the intellectually disabled. 

Farewell to Paris (Legend of the White Snake #2) by Martin Chu Shui

Farewell to Paris - Martin Chu Shui
This is the story of Caitlin and Charlie's son, as he grows up and becomes a man. You stay with him as he trains with Alice, as he meets and trains with the Grandmaster and how his whole life has revolved around him saving his mum from the ICSC. As this is Sean/Shilin's story, there is not a lot going on with Alice or Charlie and definitely not with Caitlin but even so, this book follows seamlessly. It is full of action with many a twist and turn to keep you attentive. There is romance with a question but it doesn't overpower the story.

I was looking forward to reading this book and haven't been disappointed.
 
* Verified Purchase ~ February 2013
Reviewed on Goodreads ~ February 2013 *
 
Merissa
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REVIEW BY MERISSA - Secrets In Shadows (Shadow Creek #1) by Leah Blake

Secrets In Shadows - Leah Blake
Secrets in Shadows is the first book in the Shadow Creek series, and it starts with a bang! Rex is held within what could be a vicious circle - his father didn't want to be a wolf, so concentrated on fitting in with the human world and passed no information onto his family. Unfortunately, that meant that Rex and his brother grew up knowing very little about what it means, and how to survive. When they are attacked, they head for the only sanctuary they know. It is here that Rex learns just how bratty he has been, and figures out what he must do to change. I'm glad he figured it out, because he was a pain to begin with! Devon is the strong, silent type, and doesn't want a mate, let alone someone like Rex. However, that doesn't stop him from helping Rex when some hyenas get out of hand.
 
Being the first book, there is a lot to take in as you figure out a new world, new rules, new wars. It never feels like an info-dump though, and is spread out throughout the book. With no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, I was engrossed with the story and found the pacing to be just right for me. I have no hesitation in recommending this book for all fans of #M_M #PNR.
 
* 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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@LeahBlakeAuthor, #M_M, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/secretsinshadowsshadowcreek1byleahblake

11th August 2017

Roots: The Saga of an American Family - Alex Haley

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you. 

 

Alex Haley

 

Roots author Alex Haley (born August 11, 1921) served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Impressed by his writing skills, his fellow sailors would pay him to write love letters to their girlfriends. 

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Witch's Dream (Knights of Black Swan #2) by Victoria Danann

The Witch's Dream - Victoria Danann
My word this is a dream of a book! It continues straight after My Familiar Stranger and takes you straight back into the lives of B Company. The whole book is a joy to read and I am so glad that Elora now has company in the "women with spirit" category. Litha and Song look like they are going to keep the baton going :o) 

If you are expecting a vampire romance, you can forget it. They don't even really get a mention in this book, apart from ex-vampire Baka (who's story I can't wait to read!) but what you do get is demons, a look at Kay's berserker side, and magic of the practical kind. 

I love the way these books are written and often find myself laughing out loud as I read. The characters continue to grow and as an added little extra you get an interview with Ram at the end of this book.

5 out of 5, 10 out of 10 - whichever way you want to look at it, these books are fantastic.
 
* Verified Purchase ~ February 2013
Reviewed on Goodreads ~ February 2013 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@vdanann, #Archive_Review, #Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thewitchsdreamknightsofblackswan2byvictoriadanann

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BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester

The Funeral Flower - Michelle Jester
Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James… and he won’t let her.
 
Even though tragedy always follows love.
 
 
This book is intended for mature audiences due to critical subject matter.
Note: Due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/08/blog-tour-review-giveaway-funeral.html

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - A Hero For The Empire (The Dragon's Bidding #1) by Christina Westcott

A Hero for the Empire (The Dragon's Bidding) - Christina Westcott

A beautiful cybernetic SpecOps agent, and immortal mercenary, and a telepathic cat. 

Commander Kimber FitzWarren is running on borrowed time. The cybernetic augmentations that give her superhuman strength and speed have also shortened her life. The success of her next mission is imperative, not only to save her Empire, but because this operation could be her last. 

She joins a group of idealistic officers plotting to topple the corrupt Imperial government, but the only key to placing missing military legend Arianne Ransahov on the throne lies with the one man who knows how to locate her, mercenary Wolf Youngblood. 

Wolf has recently survived one Imperial assassination attempt, so when Fitz shows up in his bedroom at 0-dark-30, he’s reluctant to trust her, until another assassin tries to kill them both. 

Pursued by Imperial warships, swarmed by mind-sucking parasites, and attacked by giant alien bugs, they’re left with no one to depend on but each other...and Wolf's wise-cracking telepathic cat, Jumper. A bond grows between the pair, one so strong even their secrets can't destroy it, but before Fitz and Wolf can explore what's left of their future together, they first have to survive this mission.

 

@CWestcottAuthor, @debbiereadsbook, #Science_Fiction, #Cyberpunk, #Space_Opera, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/aherofortheempirethedragonsbidding1bychristinawestcott

10th August 2017

Bring the Jubilee - Ward Moore

Why should you believe your eyes? You were given eyes to see with, not to believe with. Your eyes can see the mirage, the hallucination as easily as the actual scenery. 

 

Ward Moore

 

Ward Moore (born August 10, 1903) rarely wrote science fiction, but his 1953 novel Bring the Jubilee is considered one of the definitive works of alternate history. It tells the story of Hodge Backmaker, a historian (and time traveler) living in a world where the South won the American Civil War. 

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - More Than Desire by Rachel De Lune

More Than Desire  - Rachel De Lune

Escape, it was the reason James Riley flew to the other side of the world. His family believed he'd left for career progression—an opportunity he couldn’t pass up, and his lie was so good even he believed it. Australia was perfect for him. It helped him forget his one and only mistake. A relationship was the last thing on his mind because he was never going to fall for a woman again.

Ariana Scott thought she wanted a Dom. That choice cost her both blood and tears. A year later, she was still trying to put the pieces of her life back together. Her interest in the sexy British guy was too soon, too fast, and because of her job, off limits. But the lure of James Riley was a temptation she couldn't shake off.

When a safe vanilla fling turns into a relationship, her career, her family, and her lifestyle threaten to tear her world apart. She’s fallen hard and is prepared to put everything on the line for James. He makes her question everything she thinks she knows about herself but there is only one answer when casual sex becomes more than desire.

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/08/blog-tour-review-giveaway-more-than.html

9th August 2017

When the Bough Breaks - Jonathan Kellerman

Life is like a prism. What you see depends on how you turn the glass. 

 

Jonathan Kellerman

 

Happy birthday, Jonathan Kellerman! The American is a model of high-achieving multitasking, somehow managing to serve as the Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine while also writing the bestselling Alex Delaware murder mystery novels. 

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly #1) by Chanda Hahn

The Iron Butterfly - Chanda Hahn
This book throws you straight in with the action as you are immediately in a cell with Thalia as she tries to recover from the latest round on a torture machine. She has no memories of anything before her life locked up.

Through the help of another prisoner she is able to escape and then with the help of another pair of characters, she manages to put some distance between herself and where she was being held.

This story will lead you on a twisted journey as you travel with Thalia as she tries to understand who or what she is, what's been done to her and how she tries to deal with and live with the consequences.

There are the two male leads in this, one is a golden boy and one is dark and brooding. Her relationship with both of these could have gone into a bit more detail but even on the information given, Joss is solid but Kael's the guy for me. Actually, out of all of them, I think I'd stick with Faraway!

If you like fantasy and want to try something a little bit different, then why not try this one. 
 
* Verified Purchase ~ February 2013
Reviewed on Goodreads ~ November 2013 *
 
Merissa
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@ChandaHahn, #Archive_Review, #Young_Adult, #Fantasy, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/theironbutterflyironbutterfly1bychandahahn

REVIEW BY AMY - Steal Me (Haunted Roads #1) by India R. Adams

Steal Me - India R. Adams
*Warning: This book is intended for mature audiences and may contain possible triggers with sexual abuse.*
 
“Some relationships have hidden truths that few can survive. Only us strong ones can dare listen to, and have the balls to stay and bear witness to, the result of irrevocable damages. So tell me, Maverick, are you one of the strong?”
 
Maverick, unfortunately, is well aware of Tucker’s meaning. Mav has recently lost his father, his mother is slipping into a depression, and his little sister is in desperate need of a parental figure. But now he’s losing his heart to Tucker’s mysterious sister, Delilah. As Maverick squints into the sun, looking at the beauty standing in front of the lake, he wonders if his heart is crazy for begging him to take on yet another tragedy.

 

 

@TheIndiaRAdams, @Mommy_Amers, #Contemporary, #Romance, #Dark , 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/stealmehauntedroads1byindiaradams

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Waking for Winter (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #4) by Katherine McIntyre

Waking for Winter - Katherine McIntyre

The Philadelphia Coven has thwarted the Order of the Serpent’s every attempt to destroy their city, only to draw out the scariest nightmare from the Otherworld--the Caoranach. However, one member of the Philly Coven, Cami Akiyama, has already met this creature--the very monster who tortured her and branded her with a mark. Given their history, the Coven leader assigns her a bodyguard--none other than the gorgeous and lethal necromancer, Dante Martinez, the ex-boyfriend she’d disappeared on years ago. A single conversation confirms the spark between them never died, and based on the way Dante teases and flirts, he’s not about to let that flame get snuffed out without a fight.

No one has ever compared to the incendiary passion Dante inspired in her, but after being marked and broken by a monster, she’s too damaged to rekindle any sort of relationship. Not like that stops him. If anything, he fights harder for the memories of a love that kept her sane on her bleakest nights. And despite every effort to distance, Cami finds herself falling for him all over again. Except the Caoranach doesn’t just plan to devastate this city. The Caoranach possesses a deadly secret; one, when revealed, holds the power to shatter Cami completely.

 

@PixieRants, @debbiereadsbook, #Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/wakingforwinterphiladelphiacovenchronicles4bykatherinemcintyre

8th August 2017

The Yearling - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to. 

 

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

 

American writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (born August 8, 1896) initially set out to become a romance writer, but she instead found unexpected success with a story about a young boy and his pet deer. In addition to topping best seller lists for twenty-three weeks the year it was released, The Yearling went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Prophecy (Prophecy #1) by Lea Kirk

Prophecy: Book One of the Prophecy Series - Laurel C. Kriegler, Lea Kirk, Sue Brown-Moore, Danielle Fine
Prophecy is the first book in the Prophecy series, and we start off with Alex as she is thrown into a cell after aliens have invaded earth. She has no idea what has happened to her family or friends, but is determined to do what she can. The first time she meets Gryf, she lays one on him and gives him a black eye. Gryf takes it, not only because it goes against in him to 'attack' a woman, but also because he believes it is deserved. He feels an immense amount of guilt in allowing the earth to be attacked. These two have to work together if there is to be any chance of survival.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Alex and Gryf are fantastic together. They have a slow-burn romance with some steamy moments, but not too many. As Alex rightly says 'it can be hard getting private time in a refugee camp'. Okay, so I'm paraphrasing, but you know what I mean! Alex is a straight-talking, no-nonsense character who does her best no matter what the situation. Gryf is the honourable Captain who will do anything to protect those who can't protect themselves. He even lumps Alex into that category until she proves otherwise. So many characters in this book, and I loved all of them! Well, apart from the baddies ;) Graig has to be a favourite of mine, and Dante, and Nick, and Ora, and... oh you get the idea! Really pleased to hear that Nick will be getting his own book, and the extra chapter with Graig was sheer perfection. 
 
This story was very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The pace was smooth, the action was exciting, and the romance was wonderful. I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and I look forward to reading more in this series, and by this author.
 
* 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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@LeaKirkWrites, #Science_Fiction, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/prophecyprophecy1byleakirk