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2021 BOOKS

"It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone. " -- Rose Kennedy



“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ”  -- Plato



“The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living. ”  -- Marcus Tullius Cicero



“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love. ”  -- Washington Irving



“We all wear masks and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing our own skin.”  -- André Berthiaume



“I am an invisible man. No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe: Nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, simply because people refuse to see me.”  -- Ralph Ellison



“Without knowledge, life is no more than the shadow of death.”  -- Molière



“Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it: nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.”  -- Jean de La Fontaine



“Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.”  -- Jean de La Fontaine


 

Supernaturally Kissed (Frostbite, #1) by Stacey Kennedy

Supernaturally Kissed - Stacey Kennedy

I enjoyed most of the book, apart from the way ghosts behave since she's apparently gonna have a fling with one. I like the characters a lot and Kipp and Zach were just great.

Tess was nice most of the time and so was her friend. The plot was very great.

I do think I'm gonna let this series lie for a while til I'm in the right mood for it. It's a bit silly in parts. And I'm not currently in the mood for an impossible love.

5 2
SPOILER ALERT!

Allegra Fairweather (Allegra Fairweather Mystery #1) by Janni Nell

Allegra Fairweather (Allegra Fairweather Mystery #1) - Janni Nell

I quite enjoyed reading this book apart from a little thing that kept bothering me. 

I really liked Allegra and the mystery.

Casper is nice, but the whole

"they can't be together" is tiring to read about. And I'm not sure what I think of Allegra mooning over something that is just not possible and I don't even know how he feels.

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The selkie  

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part was nice to read about and what a creep Mr Alistair was.

I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

3

Death's Daughter (Calliope Reaper-Jones #1) by Amber Benson

Death's Daughter - Amber Benson

I'm not sure I can read more of this series if Calliope doesn't change. I think she was extremely whiny and immature. And if I have to hear another thing about clothes or crying over everything, then she better be more adult like or I'm nixing this series. Will have to read some reviews before I make my final decision. 

 

ETA

 

Read the reviews and I'm not gonna read any more of this series.

2
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Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett

Banishing the Dark  - Jenn Bennett

Omg I can't believe it's over, I wish it had been longer, but only because I love Arcadia, Lon and Jupe so much. The conclusion was very satisfying and I would definitely recommend the series. I would say that I hated

the memory spell, as a part of the book was spent by Arcadia thinking they were just friends

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- however when that lifted it was just so good.

5
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Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell, #3) by Jenn Bennett

Binding the Shadows - Jenn Bennett

I enjoyed reading this book a lot, although there was some points that I didn't like.

I wasn't thrilled to find out Nivella was dead and her mother not.

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I guess the last book is about fixing that and hopefully learn more about Arcadia.

I was glad to see that I was right about Mr. Dare. I can't wait to read the conclusion.

And she's pregnant - and then the book ended with her so broken. And Lon not knowing about the pregnancy. 

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2

Leashing the Tempest (Arcadia Bell, #2.5) by Jenn Bennett

Leashing the Tempest - Jenn Bennett

I enjoyed reading this SS and I liked the experiment with Jupe's knack. I'm curious as to what direction the books will go, but I'm hoping to find out more about Arcadia. I love her relationship with Lon and her friendship with Kar. Oh and how Jupe react around her - that's a bit funny.

3

Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2) by Jenn Bennett

Summoning the Night - Jenn Bennett

When I started this book I had a strong feeling, that this book would be exactly what I needed to read and I was right. It was so good - not only the plot. but also the relationship between Arcadia and Lon and his son. I don't like Mr. Dare though, neither son or father are to my liking. I hope the following books will divulge more info about the moonchild aspect of Arcadia and more demons.

5 2

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) by Jenn Bennett

Kindling the Moon - Jenn Bennett

I think this book is amazing and I'm glad I decided on reading it. 

Arcadia was a very nice character and I think likable. Lon was a pleasure to read about and his transmutated state is very interesting, not to mention his son, Jupe - Now he was a delight and the way his character was written felt very life affirming and enthusiastic.

The plot was great and the parents - Well I didn't see that coming. The ending was nice and I'm curious about Arcadia's future.

5 3

Black Wings (Black Wings, #1) by Christina Henry

Black Wings - Christina Henry

I think it doubtful that I'll continue this series, because of a couple of things. I didn't like the route this book went and after finishing it I had to check the reviews for the rest of the books and unfortunately it was everything I feared.

I liked Beezle and Gabriel to a certain extent, but I really loathe Nathaniel, Azazel, Lucifer etc. And the whole hierarchy thing rubbed me the wrong way. 

4

Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn On the Lights? (Black Wings, #0.6) by Christina Henry

Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn On the Lights? - Christina Henry

I really loved this one, despite it being a SS. I was a bit creeped out in the start, but that last part was awesome. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series - a full length book, I just hope its as good as this is.

1

Moonlight and Sunscreen (Black Wings, #0.5) by Christina Henry

Moonlight and Sunscreen - Christina Henry

This was a very nice SS after a small reading break. It was just enough to peek my interest in the following books. Also I'm very curious as to how big Beezle is. I kept picturing him as dwarf sized, but not if he could fit her pocket lol. 

1

Vanished (Greywalker, #4) by Kat Richardson

Vanished: A Greywalker Novel - Kat Richardson

I'm very happy that this book touched some of Harper's background info. I loved that part. 

Unfortunately not much Quinton this time but more Will. The plot was nice, but some parts felt a bit dry. I want to find out more about Harper's dad and ofc what Wygan has planned.

4

Mean Streets (Remy Chandler, #1.5; Greywalker, #3.5; Nightside, #9.5; The Dresden Files, #10.5) Anthology

Mean Streets - Jim Butcher;Kat Richardson;Simon R. Green;Thomas E. Sniegoski

My rating is only for Kat Richardson’s “The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog".

At first I was a bit leery, because that title sounds ridicules. I was pleasantly surprised and found myself enjoying this way more than my first impression would have instilled.

Harper was nice in this one and I liked the ending. Besides that its a SS so not much meat on it, but I liked it.

2
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Underground (Greywalker, #3) by Kat Richardson

Underground - Kat Richardson

This was as great as I remembered it.

So glad that Will is finally gone, though the circumstance was a bit cruel.

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The plot was rather exhilarating in part because of Harper getting to spend so much time with Quinton and because it's the 2nd time I've read this so I already knew about the kisses and more between them. I really hope that they'll stick til the end.

The monster was great and I hope to see more of those. 

I wonder what Carlos wanted Cameron to shut it about and what else is out there.

4

Poltergeist (Greywalker, #2) by Kat Richardson

Poltergeist - Kat Richardson

I upped the rating by 0,5 this time around. It has been some time since I last read it and though it still bothered me at some points, it also kept me curious about the Grey, the plot and the characters. I really like Carlos, although that may change in the later books, but for now I like the badness factor he throws around him. I hope he and Harper will become friends down the road. Quinton was awesome. One of my favorites so far. 

I was not charmed at all by Brian and found the scenes with him annoying. I liked Mara a bit better, but Ben, well he gives me a mental image of a confused white haired pot bellied professor well due his prime. Ofc that may also change with him hopefully gaining more facts and less theory. Oh and Will - I'll happily pave the way for Carlos to eat him. I hope he gets lost soon.

 

7 1

Greywalker (Greywalker, #1) by Kat Richardson

Greywalker - Kat Richardson

It has been a while since I last read this book, but since the series has been completed in the meantime I figured I might as well reread those I've read before starting on those I haven't.

The rating haven't changed for me, it's still a solid 4 star book for me.

Though what bothered me the last time are the same things. I liked Quinton just fine, but I'm not really keen on Mara and Ben yet, but that may change in the following books.

I think Harper may grow on me, perhaps the Grey as well. I didn't like Will and that silly "no I'm Will, you Harper" thing. I'm glad he's gone. I like Quinton better - A lot and he is smart.

4