Book Review: The 13th Guest by: Rebecca Royce


Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Publication Date: June 13, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: She snuck aboard his ferry, and if he can save her life, she'll repair the hole in his heart.

Dr. Amelia Everett is a respectable psychologist from New York City. She wants only to find out how so many of her patients are getting healed emotionally from their stay the Wiccan Haus. The only problem? Every time she tries to schedule a visit, she is denied entry What other choice does she have except to sneak on the boat?

Damek Antonov is a ferry boat captain with a broken heart. He spends his days shuttling passengers to and from the island but whatever magic his charges find there, he has not seen any himself. But, when Amelia is made Damek's responsibility, the two will find that taking risks might lead to the great adventure ever: love.

Series: Wiccan Haus series

Review: THE 13TH GUEST is the twelfth book in the delightful Wiccan Haus series. Dr. Amelia Everett is a psychologist who has referred many patients to the Wiccan Haus for healing and it has done wonders. She’s desperate to know how their magical healing works, but denied everytime she tries to make a reservation, so she sneaks aboard the ferry led by Captain Damek Antonov. Both Amelia and Damek have emotional scars which are in desperate need of healing. Can they find the solace they both need in each other’s arms? THE 13TH GUEST seemed shorter than most Wiccan Haus books and I don’t know if the story was a developed as it could have been. I think both Amelia and Damek could have used more time to explore their issues and I don’t believe falling into bed together cures all ills. THE 13TH GUEST is still a sweet story of redemption and love, firmly entrenched in the Wiccan Haus mythos.

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Book Review: The Other Tree by: D.K. Mok


Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Spence City

Publication Date: January 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: It’s been four years since Chris Arlin graduated with a degree that most people think she made up, and she’s still no closer to scraping up funding for her research into rare plants. Instead, she’s stacking shelves at the campus library, until a suspiciously well-dressed man offers her a lucrative position on a scientific expedition.

For Chris, the problem isn’t the fact that they’re searching for the Biblical Tree of Life. Nor is it the fact that most of the individuals on the expedition seem to be fashionably lethal mercenaries. The problem is that the mission is being backed by SinaCorp, the corporation responsible for a similar, failed expedition on which her mother died eleven years ago.

However, when Chris’s father is unexpectedly diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Chris sees only one solution. Vowing to find the Tree of Life before SinaCorp’s mercenaries, Chris recruits Luke, an antisocial campus priest undergoing a crisis of faith. Together, they embark on a desperate race to find Eden. However, as the hunt intensifies, Chris discovers growing evidence of her mother’s strange behaviour before her death, and she begins to realise that SinaCorp isn’t the only one with secrets they want to stay buried.

Review: THE OTHER TREE features Chris Arlin, a cryptobotanist and Luke, a priest who has had a crisis of faith. Chris is approached by a mysterious man who wants her to join their expedition to find the Tree of Life. The only problem is the expedition is funded by the same corporation her mother died for years ago. With her father sick, she ropes Luke into performing their own search, hopefully beating SinaCorp to the treasure. Following clues and risking their lives, like an Indiana Jones movie, Chris and Luke both must confront their pasts. THE OTHER TREE is a morality tale where it is up to the reader to decide what is right. I was happy how, even with the Biblical undercurrent, the author did not make her characters preachy. They were all human and flawed, which leaves room for the growth they need to come up with their own answers to the riddles of life. The search for clues takes the protagonists and the enemy across the globe, pits them against each other and a mysterious third group. THE OTHER TREE is a novel with complex characters and a desperate race for the truth.

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Book Feature: In The Storm by: Karen Metcalf


Publisher: Vagabondage Press LLC

Publication Date: February 11, 2011

Synopsis: Abandoned by the world around her, Carly believes she is fated to a life of torment at the hands of her stepfather and is desperate for an escape. When she can bear the abuse no longer and gives in to a thunderous rage, she suddenly finds herself in an unfamiliar, yet beautiful, storm world. This limbo between dimensions appears to be her private sanctuary, but it may just be her purgatory.

No one escapes fate without sacrifice, but is the price more than Carly is willing to pay?


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Book Review: Broken Soul by: Faith Hunter


Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Roc

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Origins:  From Publicist/Blog Tour for Review

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Synopsis: Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....

When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team.

Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….


Series: Jane Yellowrock series

Review: BROKEN SOUL is the eighth book in the Jane Yellowrock series. We first find Jane working on the security plans for both Leo’s current headquarters and his new home in preparation for the visit from the European Mithran delegation. However, there is a bigger threat the entire New Orleansean population is facing right now and it’s going to take all of Jane’s resources to fight it. Jane is tired of the secrets others keep from her and it is now necessary for her to learn as much about the supernaturals who populate her world. BROKEN SOUL shows more sides to Jane than only her monster-killing, ass-kicking one. While she still has a spine of steel, we also see a softer, more feminine side which I liked. There are also new revelations about Jane’s past and, as always, her protective instincts are in full gear. I don’t want to give too much away, but this is one of the most powerful books in the Jane Yellowrock series. Highly recommended!!

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Book Review: It Comes In Waves by: Erika Marks


Rating: 5/5

Publisher: NAL Trade

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: For competitive surfer Claire "Pepper" Patton, the waves of South Carolina’s Folly Beach once held the promise of a loving future and a bright career—until her fiance, Foster, broke the news that he and Claire's best friend, Jill, were in love.

Eighteen years later, now forty-two and a struggling single parent to a rebellious teenage daughter, Claire has put miles between that betrayal and that coast. But when ESPN invites her back to Folly Beach for a documentary on women in surfing, Claire decides it might be the chance she needs to regain control of her life and reacquaint herself with the unsinkable young woman she once was.

But not everything in Folly Beach is as Claire remembers it, most especially her ex-best friend, Jill, who is now widowed and raising her and Foster’s teenage son. An unexpected reunion with Claire will uncover a guilt that Jill has worked hard to bury—and bring to the surface years of unspoken blame.

When Claire crosses paths with a sexy pro-surfer who is as determined to get Claire back on a board as he is to get her in his bed, a chance for healing might not be far behind—or is it too late for two estranged friends to find forgiveness in the place that was once their coastal paradise, where life was spent barefoot and love was as dizzying as the perfect wave...

Review: Pepper Patton grew up in a family who kept secrets and she never wanted it for herself. Her first summer in Folly Beach – becoming a competitive surfer and falling in love showed her what she thought was the perfect life. Until the day it all came crashing down around her ears when her fiancĂ© and first love Foster told her he and her best friend, Jill, were in love. Pepper left Folly Beach thinking she’d never return. When ESPN invites Pepper, now going by her given name – Claire, back to Folly Beach for a special on female surfers she accepts. Claire has a failed marriage under her belt and a teenager who wants nothing to do with her. Perhaps revisiting Folly Beach will give Claire the much needed closure on the past. Not everyone is happy to see Claire – especially not Jill, widowed by Foster and raising his son.

IT COMES IN WAVES is a hauntingly beautiful and heart-shattering novel. Readers feel every bit of the characters’ feelings along with them, viscerally. My heart ached for Claire, and even for Jill. IT COMES IN WAVES masterfully shows the complexity of female friendships and the relationships between mothers and daughters. The author has created a novel every woman can relate it in one way or another. You’ll need a box of tissues next to you when reading about the aftermath from the destruction of the perfect summer. IT COMES IN WAVES shows how you must sometimes revisit the place of your greatest pain to be able to move past it. An excellent novel which I highly recommend!

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