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DIRTY MAGIC BY JAYE WELLS -BOOK REVIEW

Book Description Release date: January 21, 2014 | Series: Prospero’s War MAGIC IS A DRUG. CAREFUL HOW YOU USE IT. The Magical Enforcement Agency keeps dirty magic off the streets, but there’s a new blend out there that’s as deadly as it is elusive. When patrol cop Kate Prospero shoots the lead snitch in this crucial case, she’s brought in to explain herself. But the more she learns about the investigation, the more she realizes she must secure a spot on the MEA task force. Especially when she discovers that their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier – on the same day she swore she’d given up dirty magic for good. Kate Prospero’s about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should never say never.   BOOK DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF AMAZON

DIRTY MAGIC is a great start to a new SERIES by Jaye Wells. It starts off with action from the very first and does not let up until the end. Kate Prospero is the niece to one of the most powerful crime bosses in town, and she cooked dirty magic for him when she was younger. When her mother died because of one of her dirty magic potions she got away from her Uncle Abe, with his blessing, and vowed to never do DIRTY MAGIC or any magic ever again. Now years later she is a patrol cop and there is a new drug on the streets. In the opening chapters Kate comes across someone who has just attacked and killed a woman. She chases him down and tries to capture him alive, before he gets to the tunnels and loses him for good.

She grabs him as he tries to claim over a fence to the tunnels and he starts to viciously attack her. She ends up shooting him in her struggle to stay alive while backup arrives. She is later put on the MEA SPECIAL TASK FORCE who is trying find out who is behind this new and deadly drug called GRAY WOLF. This drug turns the user into a werewolf like creature that is very hard to subdue and or kill. When the person behind the drug GRAY WOLF, kidnaps Kate’s brother Daniel and doses him with the drug to get Kate OFF the case. Kate knows she has to use magic(dirty magic) to save her brother.

DIRTY MAGIC was a rollercoaster of a ride, with great dialogue and fast paced action scenes. Kate Prospero is one kick ass heroine. Dirty Magic was well written with great character development and world building. This book does not disappoint. I give it 5/ 5 stars.

Book 2 will be out AUGUST 12, 2014 and is called CURSED MOON.

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SHADOW’S CURSE BY ALEXA EGAN

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September 24, 2013
Can the magic of desire defeat the powers of darkness?Forced by her half brother to use her dark gift of necromancy for profit, lovely Callista Hawthorne is determined to flee to her one chance for safety, her aunt in Scotland. With no hope of success unless she finds help on the long road north, she offers cursed shapechanger David St. Leger an irresistible bargain.

David—one of the mysterious Imnada—stalks the night streets of Regency London as a large black wolf. Renounced by his own kind, he spends his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. While Callista’s proposal will allow him to escape the terrible enchantment binding him, agreeing to her terms will force him into the treacherous world of the half-Fey Other, his clan’s ancient foes.

Drawn together by danger, David and Callista find passion in each other’s arms. But can they forswear the centuries of enmity separating their two races, and find a love they dare not even imagine?

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I was given a copy by Netgalley for an honest review.

Shadow’s Cursehas a very well-developed story line and characters, with a very fast-paced, and action packed story. David St. Ledger is a shape-shifter and is cursed. He must drink a special elixir to stay alive. He meets Callista who is being forced into a marriage with a man who only wants her talent. She tries to run away, but is captured in an alley, and is rescued by David in the form of a wolf.  They team up together to find a cure for David, and he helps her to freedom to Scotland. This is a great combination of regency and paranormal, an I give it 4/5 stars.

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LABYRINTH OF STARS BY MARJORIE M. LIU BOOK REVIEW

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February 25, 2014
Tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. Created to be the armor that protects my body, these obsidian shadows come alive at night—demons made flesh.After the Aetar nearly kill Maxine’s unborn child, and a betrayal within her own ranks leaves Maxine’s husband, Grant, poisoned and dying, Maxine is forced to attack a race of beings that possesses almost unlimited power. Doing so will require she make a deal with the devil—the devil that lives inside her—risking both her sanity and her soul as she slowly transforms into something more than human.But even that might not be enough to save Grant, because the very thing that Maxine is becoming is destined to destroy the world.

BOOK DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF AMAZON Another great read by Marjorie M. Liu, with kick-ass action, and a rollercoaster ride that will have you shaking your head at he end. The characters and story line were very well-developed and I always enjoy reading about the boys. I can always picture them in my mind, especially when they are eating the stuffed test bear or chain saw. That always for some reason makes me want to grin. In this installment of the   HUNTER KISS NOVELS, Maxine Kiss has to protect her unborn child, while also find out who developed this poison that is killing the demons and that has made Grant(her husband) sick and also her. Time is running out For Grant, she must find out who developed this poison and if they is a cure obtain it to help Grant and the others before it destroys her world.

In the end Maxine becomes what she is destined to become, more than human and immortal. The boys are passed down to her daughter on her death, so now they are permanently with her now that she cannot die. At the end of this book I kept saying to myself “WOW!” , the ending as that good. I believe this is the last of this series for right now, I hate to see it end. When you have a series like this you always want more. I loved, love ,loved, oh did I say I loved LABYRINTH OF THE STARS that I give it 5/ 5 stars.

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WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE FAMILY TO COUNT ON THEY LET YOU DOWN. :(

It seems that after all the drama of my Grandmother’s stroke is in the past and the rehabilitation I still in progress and this makes her third rehab place that she has been put in. Family that you come to depend on helping in taking some of the load  has suddenly stopped helping or coming by as often as they did. I don’t know if this is them thinking that she will not get any better than she is right now or they have suddenly gotten too busy to help out. If it is the first, then I would like them to take a moment and reflect on all the setbacks that my Grandmother has gone through that has halted a lot of her rehabilitation time. She has had c-dif, dehydration, first stages of pneumonia, a bedsore that has not healed because of neglect, 2 different types of infections, and a kidney infection. One of the infections was one that she had to be hospitalized because it was antibiotic resistant and had to be treated by IV antibiotic fluids. The bedsore could have been healed by now if one of the places did not let her sit in her own feces for 2 hours, in which caused bacteria to get into the bedsore and make worse.

My mom and my aunt can not do it alone. They also have my cousin who is my aunt’s daughter who also checks on my grandmother and helps out. Now today my mother went up there early this morning and took my grandfather, and this evening she asked one of my uncles to take my grandfather to see my grandmother. He was to call my grandfather, he never called and my mom took my grandfather to see my grandmother. If my uncles besides the one that is helping already would just help out one or two days a week this would help the others take a break. They are getting burned out an it is taking an emotional and physical toll. Something has to give before my mother has a total meltdown. When that happens all hell will break loose and I don’t want to be around when it happens. That saying when David Banner tells people who “You won’t like me when I get angry!” That is my Mom. For when she gets mad it is not a pretty site and it is usually hard to get her back in control.

If family would just help out more it would be better for all. Also if they would educate themselves more on stroke victims and how it affects them, they would know that when they are stressed or have a high level of anxiety, they will progress a lot slower on their therapy. So there is my ranting for the day, I will go back to reading and writing on my book.  I will talk with you later and remember May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Until tomorrow.

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I CAN’T SEEM TO SHAKE BEING SICK.

I have been sick for about a month now. It started last month and I went to the doctor on March 19, 2014 and was given a round of antibiotics and some cough medicine. I finished the medicine up and got my voice back but kept the cough. I went back to the doctor on April 9, 2014 because I had a relapse and lost my voice again. I still had the cough and congestion. So far it has not turned into bronchitis or pneumonia, it has stayed as laryngitis. I still can not talk above a whisper and have the cough and congestion. I am almost out of medication for it. I guess if I am not over it when I go back in on April 30 for my check-up since the doctor put me on a new diet pill and put me on byetta.

I usually once a year get laryngitis, but the wind has been really bad here in west Texas that my allergies have been kicked into overdrive. That is what started this whole mess. This has been the longest that I have been sick in a while. I don’t know what I did today, but my knee and back is killing me. It might be the cold front that moved in last night that is making me hurt. I am going to call it a night and turn in. I will talk with you tomorrow.

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