June 29, 2016

Allegiance of Honour. Nalini Singh

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Published:Gollancz and Hachette NZ
Date: 16th June 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 478
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Thank you to Hachette NZ
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The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

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Allegiance of Honour is #15 in this wonderful urban fantasy/paranormal series. I have loved every book in the series and this was another winner for me. As Nalini Singh says it has an ensemble cast. Many of the characters from previous books are given updates on how life is going for them.  As I love each and every one of these characters that was a delight for me.  I took my time reading it. No skipping lines, I just wanted to savour it.

If you have never read this series, there are Psy, a race that has recently had big changes. They have just come out of Silence, a very rigid imposed regime that has left many damaged. Psy have many and varied amazing abilities.  As well there are the changelings, packs of wolves and leopards and sea creatures and so on. Added to these are are The Forgotten - Psy who left before the silence was imposed. Humans are around as well - but mostly they have been in the background.

Much of the book has Lucas the alpha of the leopards Dark River pack and his wife Sascha (Psy) to the fore. They now have a deliciously delightful little daughter Nayla - a combination of changeling and Psy. She is a first and because of this the evil elements still abroad in this world want to capture her. Following her and her story kept me happy, while I waited for the birth of Mercy (Dark River) and Riley (SnowDancer wolf pack) pubcubs. I was very patient but do admit to eventually sneaking ahead to take a peek! And their eventual arrival of course is going to mean new bonds between the two powerful changeling packs.

There is a sea changeling woman who has been kidnapped and this provides a little drama and some sense of the evil still present in this world. The Psynet is in difficulty and an unexpected reason is behind it.  

I also liked the letters from Xavier the priest who had worked with two of the Psy throughout many of the books, to right some serious wrongs, always working in the shadows.

Nalini Singh writes characters I just connect with. The values of family, love, care, growth, freedom, peace and so much more permeates the pages. The war against evil is ongoing, but the efforts of those who refuse to give into fear and the wicked plans of others to cause trouble is inspiring. If you ask me these books are very relevant to the world we live in. They invite us to respect  differences and value and trust friendships.

I am not sure where this series is going next, this one is a kind of tying up of all that has been going on, before there is a refocus somewhere else. No doubt we will be going out into a new territory next book! Whatever!  I know I will be expecting drama, great characters, humour and warmth.

June 28, 2016

Linny's Sweet Dream List. Susan Schild

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Published:Lyrical Press
Date: January 5th 2016
Format: Kindle
Pages: 214
Genre: Romance
Source: Own book
4 stars                 Add to Goodreads
At thirty-eight, Linny Taylor is suddenly living a life she thought only happened to other, more careless people. Widowed for the second time, and broke, thanks to her cheating late husband, Linny has no house, no job, and no options except to go back home. There, in a trailer as run down as her self-esteem, Linny makes a list of things that might bring happiness. A porch swing. A job that nourishes her heart as well as her bank balance. Maybe even a date or two.

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Linny's Sweet Dream List is a very enjoyable and readable book.  “Charming, funny, feisty. I totally loved this novel” The words of Cathy Lamb. Now I love Cathy Lamb books and feel the need to read another one of her books very soon. However in the meantime I was very happy to acquaint myself with this very easy to read story by Susan Schild. This is the first in her Willow Hill series set in North Carolina.

We meet up with Linny who indeed is very down on her luck and is trying to fathom where her life might go next. She has a mother close by who while seeming a little strange is kindhearted, and has a back story.  Linny also has a very good friend, an understanding sister and a lawyer who may know what she is doing.

There is a cute little puppy who makes an appearance at her place, necessitating  a trip to a very delectable veterinarian. Linny finds herself attracted to him, yet she is not really ready to make too much of an up close and personal acquaintance as she has been burned! She is inclined to equate every man with her last husband.

This really is the story of Linny growing from where she is into someone she likes and values. I look forward to the continuing story of her life in the next book in the series.

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June 27, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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I had a slow week of reading this week as I had other things going on. Thank goodness it will be quieter this week.                                                         

What I read last week:

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I finished listening to Tempting Fate. 

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It took me almost all week to read Allegiance of Honour, when I love an author and book - I read every word!!

What I am reading at present:

I'm reading this book for review.
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I am listening to for sheer enjoyment.

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Up next:

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Posts from the last week:

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June 24, 2016

Audiobook Challenge Update Mid-Year 2016

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Click the button to read more about this challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens.

This year I went for My Precious - 30+  and naming 33 as the ideal. I am not sure if I am going to get there but will keep on and see where I arrive. Methinks I had better look for shorter audiobooks for awhile. However I am looking at 15 out of 33 by the end of June so that is pretty much on track.

First Quarter

1. Falling Home Karen White   15hrs 31 min   Narrator Lyssa Browne
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2. Magic Bites Ilona Andrews  9hrs 5 min   Narrator Renee Raudman
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Overall 3 stars.

3. No Child of Mine  Susan Lewis  16hrs 58 min  Narrator Julia Franklin
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Response to book overall 5 stars
4. Year Of Yes  Shonda Rhimes   7hrs 4min  Narrated by Shonda Rhimes
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Thoughts on book.
5. Driftwood Summer Patti Callahan Henry  9hrs 30 min Narrator Julia Whelan
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Stars for book overall 4.

6. Secrets of a Charmed Life    Susan Meissner  11hrs 26min Narrated Alana Kerr Collins
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Review 5 stars
7. Wedding Ring   Emilie Richards    15hrs 19min  Narrated Isabel Keating
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8. Marked in Flesh  Anne Bishop    15hrs 21 min Narrated Alexandra Harris
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Overall 5 stars

9. Don't Let Me Go  Susan Lewis    16hrs 5 min  Narrated by Julia Franklin

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5 star listen

Second Quarter

10.  The Renegade's Heart  Clare Delacroix  11hrs 10min Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
4 star audiobook

11.  Only Enchanting Mary Balogh     10hrs 57 min Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
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Overall star rating 4.

12. The Opposite of Everyone  Joshilyn Jackson  11hrs 34min
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5 star overall rating

13  Only a Promise    Mary Balogh  11hrs 14 min Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
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Overall 5 star rating
14. The Seven Sisters   Lucinda Riley.  Narrated by Emily Lucienne

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4 star rating

15. While I buy most of my books from Audible with the two credit a month plan I did get the following on CD from the Library and listened that way. 
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A 5 star for both story and narration. Narrated by Brittany Pressley.

 Tempting Fate  Nora Roberts     Narrated by Angela Dawe.
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3 stars for story and 4 stars for the narration. I enjoy the MacGregor series and just wanted to re visit it when I have the space!

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