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REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - The Fangs of Scavo (Stoker & Bash #1) by Selina Kray

The Fangs of Scavo - Selina Kray
At Scotland Yard, DI Timothy Stoker is no better than a ghost. A master of arcane documents and niggling details who, unlike his celebrity-chasing colleagues, prefers hard work to headlines. But an invisible man is needed to unmask the city’s newest amateur detective, Hieronymus Bash. A bon vivant long on flash and style but short on personal history, Bash just may be a Cheapside rogue in Savile Row finery.


When the four fangs of the Demon Cats of Scavo—trophies that protect the hunters who killed the two vicious beasts—disappear one by one, Stoker's forced to team with the very man he was sent to investigate to maintain his cover. He finds himself thrust into a world of wailing mediums, spiritualist societies, man-eating lions, and a consulting detective with more ambition than sense. Will this case be the end of his career, or the start of an unexpected liaison? Or will the mysterious forces at play be the death of them both?

And just who is Hieronymus Bash?

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/review-tour-giveaway-fangs-of-scavo.html

23rd June 2017

What a long strange trip it's been.

 

Jerry Garcia

 

Happy 76th birthday, Robert Hunter! After playing in bluegrass bands with Jerry Garcia, he went on write many of the Grateful Dead's lyrics. When the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hunter was included as a band member, the only non-performer ever so honored.

The Sand Dweller by Molly Neely

The Sand Dweller - Molly Neely

In the ancient mountains of the Sinai desert, a child is born. The half-demon son of the devil’s greatest general, Malachi grows up with one foot in the human world and one in the darkest pits of Hell itself. Soon, a power struggle will force him to choose. Will he claim the dark heritage promised to him by Lucifer? Or will he learn firsthand just how far evil will go to destroy mankind? 

Caleb Glass is a young priest with a flourishing flock and a successful church. Plagued by strange visions and a tragic past, he’s also beginning to question his faith. When he’s suddenly thrust into an ancient feud, Caleb must decide whether wearing the collar is a part of God's plan, or an excuse to hide from his pain. 

Is it possible for a broken priest and a sand dweller to achieve redemption, or are they both doomed by circumstance beyond their control?

 

@debbiereadsbook, #Historical, #Fantasy, #Paranormal, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

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

22nd June 2017

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

Great minds are always feared by lesser minds.

 

Dan Brown

 

Happy 53th birthday, Dan Brown! The author of blockbuster thriller The Da Vinci Code also co-wrote two humor books with his wife: The Bald Book and 187 Men to Avoid, A Survival Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman.

Jupiter's Shadow (Smoky Mountain Wolves #1) by TL Reeve

Jupiter's Shadow - TL Reeve

Jupiter's Shadow is the first book in the Smoky Mountain Wolves series, and if this one is anything to go by, this series is going to be brilliant!

We start off with Jupiter having her thirty-second birthday. Her dad takes the opportunity to tell his daughter - and the rest of the pack - that Jupiter now has five potential mates to choose from, and a month in which to do it. Although pretty 'miffed' to start with, Jupiter soon realises that they all have bigger problems to deal with.

This is an excellent start to the series, and I look forward to the fleshing out of the world, pack politics, and jobs, that usually follows on. With each book you tend to learn a bit more about the world, which in turn draws you in more as a series progresses. Each of the five men have very distinct personalities, which made it easy to remember which one was which when you were reading.

Very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more, both in this series and also by TL Reeve. Definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/jupiters-shadow-smoky-mountain-wolves-1.html

Twell and the Uprising (Como Chronicles #3) by Kate O'Leary

Twell and the Uprising - Kate O'leary
ARRRRGGGGHHHHH - that's how I feel about Twell and the Uprising, the final book in the Como Chronicles so far. I say so far because I'm really hoping for an epilogue type story, just because I'm greedy and I really don't want to leave Twell, Jonaz, and co. Once again, this book starts where the last book finished. Twell is held captive by the Abwarzians, and they are not treating her gently! Not only have they put a chip in her head which causes her untold pain, but she is dehydrated and forced to fight. Now, one of the things that I have loved about Twell is that she is NOT a damsel in distress. So when she hallucinated near the beginning of the book, I was wondering what was going on! She'd never been rescued before! Of course, it turned out that she wasn't being rescued, which strangely made me sigh with relief. Even in these circumstances, Twell makes friends with those that you would think she would hate. No, Twell is able to look past things that others can't, which is in part what makes her so dangerous to the G.B. Also, Shanna makes a reappearance.
 
I won't say anything else about the book as I really don't want to give away any spoilers. Suffice it to say, that I have loved all three of these books, but especially this one. Maybe it's because everything is coming to a conclusion? Maybe it's because I see more of Jonaz in this book? Maybe it's because Maza gets her comeuppance? Maybe it's because Brazin turns into Papa Bear? Or maybe it's because this book/series is simply outstanding and I thoroughly loved every word? Why not read it for yourself and make your own mind up. You won't regret it, I can promise you that. And if you don't? Well, there's always a long walk in the wetlands!
 
* 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://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/comochronicles1-3bykateoleary

Twell and the Rebellion (Como Chronicles #2) by Kate O'Leary

Twell and the Rebellion - Kate O'leary
Twell and the Rebellion starts from where book 1 left off - thank goodness!!! I had guessed who her genetic match was with the description of the silver eyes, but I did enjoy the feeling of knowing that I had guessed correctly. The action is pretty much non-stop in this book as Twell's training ups a gear and she meets others with the same powers as her. Unfortunately, because they're training in power groups, it means that she doesn't see as much of Jonaz, or the others. Add Avin into the mix and it's not surprising that Twell feels confused, and easy pickings for Shanna. Now, I need to say something that might not go down too well, but I didn't like Shanna as a character. I started off with the same feelings for Mira, but she grew on me (like fungus!), until I loved every scene with her in it because of her acerbic tone. Shanna though... nah, she doesn't do it for me. I will also say that I really, REALLY, dislike love triangles. And yet you will notice that I gave this book 5-stars. Simply put, it is because there is no 'nonsense' in this book. Everything that Twell feels and goes through, I could understand perfectly how she felt. She wasn't just being indecisive for the fun of it, which seems to happen all too often.
 
This book is absolutely chock-full of character development, with new characters to behold too. I don't think there were any editing or grammatical errors in it, but I was too engrossed to notice if there were! With a gripping story, cliffhanger ending, full of emotions, and smoothly paced - what more could you ask for? Highly recommended by me.
 
* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/comochronicles1-3bykateoleary

Twell and the Army of Powers (Como Chronicles #1) by Kate O'Leary

Twell and the Army of Powers - Kate O'leary
Twell and the Army of Powers is the first book in the Como Chronicles. It gives us an in-depth view into the lives of those who live there, how their lives are regulated, what is forbidden, and what isn't. Twell is the main character, and the story is told from her perspective, and yet is still rounded out enough that you don't feel like you are missing out on anything.
 
Twell is a bit of a brat at the start of the book, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Her character grows in ways unforeseen, by her own actions and by the 'gentle' advice from her friends. All of the characters have grit though, whether you like them or not. There is not a weak character amongst them, and they all grow and change throughout the book.
 
There is so much I want to say about this book, but won't in case of spoilers. Things happened that I never saw coming; my heart was broken on more than one occasion; it jumped into my mouth as I desperately held onto hope (even knowing that the author wouldn't make it so easy). The story is concise and gripping, thrilling and action-packed, ending on a cliffhanger that had me shouting out "NO!" even though I had already suspected the outcome!
 
This is a fantastic Young Adult Dystopian story with a dash of romance, that is guaranteed to enthral the reader. Absolutely recommended by me.
 
* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/comochronicles1-3bykateoleary

21st June 2017

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

 

Mark Twain

 

June 21, 528: In Mark Twain's time-travel novel, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the protagonist saves himself from death by threatening to plunge the world into darkness. Luckily for him, his execution was scheduled at the same time as the only eclipse in the 6th century.

REVIEW TOUR - Summer Heat by Jay Northcote

Summer Heat - Jay Northcote
Summer Heat is the perfect summer read, complete with sun, sea, and sex! After getting dumped by his older man, Adam seeks shelter from his BFF Finn. Both of them feel a hint of attraction, but have never acted upon it, fearing to ruin their friendship. When they go on a week's holiday that Adam had booked for him and his ex, things take a different turn to what they expected.
 
This is an easy-read book that will immediately take you to the shores of Spain. Adam and Finn are understandably nervous about making any changes to their friendship, but neither of them want to continue on as they are. They just need 'something' to give them the boost, the courage, to make them speak - whether that is a person or event.
 
Very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, the story is told from both Adam and Finn's perspective, giving the reader a well rounded view of both them and their feelings. It is low angst, but still with a hint of tension and uncertainty. I have no hesitation in recommending this.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/review-tour-summer-heat-by-jay-northcote.html

Bound by Water: Pisces (Zodiac Shifters #6) by Monica La Porta

Bound by Water: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Pisces - Monica La Porta, Zodiac  Shifters
Bound by Water: Pisces is the second book in the Zodiac Shifters series that I have read, and I enter a new world with a new group of shifters that I can't wait to read more of. Ariel is a mortal and knows nothing of the paranormal world that lives in sync around her. Atreides is a merman, the last of his kind that he knows about. When these two meet on a moonlit night, he puts down their attraction to simple moon-lust. However, Ariel's life is about to change in a big way, and the paranormal world comes closer to home than either she or Atreides ever expected.
 
This is a great story that is smooth yet it moves at a swift pace. With a great supporting cast of characters that I long to know more about, there is enough in this story to satisfy and yet will definitely leave you wanting more. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
 
* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@momilp, #Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/boundbywaterpisceszodiacshifters6bymonicalaporta

Tainted Lives by Mandasue Heller

Tainted Lives - Mandasue Heller
I started off disliking this book intensely, there didn't seem to be anything "nice" about it at all. Very dark and gritty. The thing was, I couldn't actually stop thinking about it once I put it down. This for me is a sign of an exceedingly well written book so although I was hoping it would lighten up a bit I stuck with it.

Trust me when I say there is nothing fluffy about this book at all. There are scenes in it that are definitely not for the faint-hearted. And the only light part about the whole book is the very end!

How the characters grow and interact with each other is a joy to read. And you can completely understand the decisions and choices that Sarah makes. Vinnie is such a despicable character that you cannot help but to loathe him, but he does make an excellent villain, a true psychopath.

I would recommend this book very highly, just not for a light read.
 
* Verified Purchase ~ January 2013 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@MandasueHeller, #Dark, #Urban, #Thriller, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

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

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Renewal (Dublin Virtues #3) by Helena Stone Author

Renewal - Helena Stone

When everything changes, can renewal bring redemption?

 

Shane Boyle left Dublin for America, burning most of his bridges, certain his future lay in Florida. When a family crisis forces him back to the city he grew up in, he knows his life will never be the same again. With his sister close to death, his mother and five-year-old nephew Danny need him not just to be around but also to be the rock they can depend on. Torn between panic about his new responsibilities and despair at his impending loss, love and a relationship are the last thing on his mind.

 

Chris Anderson left Australia for Dublin ten years ago with no intention of ever going back. For reasons he can’t explain, even to himself, he hasn’t been in a relationship for almost as long as he’s been in Ireland. Now thirty-five years old, he wonders what happened to his dream of a lasting bond and a family to call his own.

When Shane and Chris hook up one night in a pub, neither knows that the next day they’ll meet again, this time as colleagues in a tattoo parlour. Chris has no idea about Shane’s dodgy past and Shane can’t figure out the mountain of a man who refuses to take no for an answer. Having to reinvent his whole life is only the start of Shane’s process of renewal. Will Chris turn out to be his savior or his downfall?

 

#Contemporary, #M_M, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional), @HelenaStone63, Pride Publishing, Debbiereadsbook,

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/renewaldublinvirtues3byhelenastone

20th June 2017

A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

God save us from people who mean well.

 

Vikram Seth

 

Happy 66th birthday, Vikram Seth. The writer was in his thirties when he moved back into his childhood bedroom in Kolkata to work on his second book, A Suitable Boy. At 1,349 pages, it is an epic look at 1950s India.

BLOG TOUR - Sex in C Major by Matthew Metzger

Sex in C Major - Matthew J. Metzger

Stefan has ... fantasies.

He knows chasing those fantasies is only going to end in disaster, but he can't seem to stop his self-destructive spiral. He’s a transgender man struggling to come to terms with the intersection of his identity and his sexual fantasies as a submissive. He needs someone to take control before he loses it completely.

Daz can take control. He can teach Stefan everything there is to know about sex and submission, but for some reason, he can't get inside Stefan's head. Daz can stop Stefan’s self-destruction but not the fear that fuels it.

Stefan needs to know who he is before he can accept what he is. And it's Yannis -- Daz's aromantic, asexual, stern, and sarcastic partner -- who has the answer.

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/blog-tour-giveaway-sex-in-c-major-by.html

REVIEW BY AMY - Rash Decisions by Alex Rosa

Rash Decisions - Alex Rosa
Julia Ferris had it all: a loving a boyfriend, a glamorous city, and a high paying job. What more could a girl want? She’d ask you, “What if all those things weren’t what you wanted … ever?”

Julia’s life has always been defined by everyone around her, but one day she makes the rash decision to finally live life for herself, and it all started with a pair of shoes. Now it becomes her only guide.

From new jobs to new boys, and a life in a big city she was never prepared for, she can at least admit one thing now: 

It’s all exactly what she wants … kind of.
 
 

 

#New_Adult, #Contemporary, #Romance, @oh_alexrosa, @Mommy_Amers, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

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