Monday, 23 January 2017

Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #1)Southern Spirits by Angie Fox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a great story with ghosts, and Southern Spirits is a jewel I don’t regret coming across. Verity Long’s skunky ex-fiance is determined to rob her of her ancestral home. Who would have thought dumping the contents of an ugly urn would gain her twenty thousand dollars and a ghostly sidekick.

I really loved this book and will definitely be reading the next book. It was funny and scary enough to make me turn around a couple of times to check the breeze coming through the curtains…lol. This story is focused more on Verity and her navigation of the spirit plane. The way Angie Fox draws you in from the first, a haunting that turned out to be the scene of a murder was very entertaining. I would also like to read more of the scandal waiting to happen (Ellis and Verity affair).

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Book Blurb

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity put an end to the disturbances. But soon Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.

There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn't above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

Monday, 16 January 2017

DisenchantedDisenchanted by Leigh Goff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disenchanted by Leigh Goff follows the story of half-witch Sophie Goodchild. Sophie lives in Weathersfield, a town with a long history of persecuting witches, Salem style. Sophie does her best to keep her head down and remain inconspicuous. Unfortunately, it's not enough to keep Judge Mather from having witches shops closed down or worse arrested. The coven is on the brink of turning to black magic and Sophie is in love with her enemy's son. Sophie descents from Elizabeth Greensmith who fell in love with a Mather. Elizabeth's sister murders her sister and places a true love curse on the Mather family. Tasked to break the ancient curse Sophie must overcome her hatred of the Mathers in order to free them all.

For years Mathers and the witches have distrusted and hated each other. The heroine thought the Mather's were the only one's with a problem were the Mather’s until she met Alexavier. She was just as suspicious and prejudiced as the judge. Love really did conquer all in this book to overcome fear and hatred. If you don't make the effort to bring change no one else will. Sophie's growth as a character plagued by fear and eventually into a fearless heroine willing to do whatever it took to break a curse was beautiful to read. The emotion between Sophie and Alexavier Mather was very real, their fight to stop history from repeating itself is fraught with danger. If you're into Romeo and Juliet type romance this is a book for you.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Myth, Magic, and MoonlightMyth, Magic, and Moonlight by Lily Baldwin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Highland Shadows by Lily Baldwin

Bestselling author Lily Baldwin weaves a heartbreaking and largely sweet story in Highland Shadows. Alexander McKenzie lost his mother the same night a curse came to their lands. With half of his face burned Alex believes he’ll never find a woman willing to marry him. Thank God for Jamie the best friend who wouldn’t let him lodge around in self-pity. This story unites two people who completely believed they were beyond saving. I loved the way the heroine Cora moved from being a recluse to being part of her husband's clan once she realized she had his support. The book left me wanting more. Alexander’s brother has secrets and Jamie will live on as a vampire. This series has earned a place on my to-read list.

The Oracle Of Delphi by Elizabeth Rose

A retelling of the classic Greek adventures of Persues. In this version, Persues finds love in the arms of princess Andromeda. The Oracle Of Delphi expresses the old adage what goes around comes back around beautifully. King Acrisius met the fate he was so desperate to avoid through his own actions. I can’t say I was unhappy to see him die at Perseus’ hands. The funniest moment was the little tattoo trick the satyr played on Andromeda and Persues and the invisibility scenes come a close second. This story will make you mad, make you laugh and make you sigh. I fun new take on Perseus’ story.

Stephan of Caeli by Aurrora St James

This story was by far my favorite in the collection. I just love all things dragon. Stephan Baudin’s mother was stolen away when he was a child. Her absence left a vacuum his father and twin never recovered from. In his search for answers, Stephan is captured and tortured by the very people he came to find. I loved the heroine’s determination to achieve her dreams. I was pretty upset with Isabela Florin’s parents and felt their excuses were too silly for the mean way they treated their daughter. She was more forgiving than I would have been. There was no boring moment in this book. Every scene was emotionally engaging, my heart almost gave out on some scene’s…lol. I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series.

Whistle Down The Wind by Sibelle Stone

This story shows how craven human beings can be when they face what they don’t understand. As in other historical instances, Caitlin found that violence against their witch family was inevitable. When she is captured and sent for trial Caitlin finds an unlikely ally in ex-soldier Sir Griffin Reynolds. A bond forms when Caitlin saves Griffin’s friend from a critical illness. I liked this story though I felt it was a pity that Caitlin's little sisters never got to play a bigger role in the book. The evil warlock Sheffield alludes to there being a group determined to acquire the Glyndwr sister’s power so we will be getting more magical witchy stories in this series.

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