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The Falling Of The Moon by A. E. Decker

Fans of the quirky, come hither, because Ascot’s story is just for you.

fallingTitle:  The Falling of the Moon
Author:  A. E. Decker
SeriesMoonfall Mayhem Book 01
Publish Date:  October 27th, 2015
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s Description:  If Ascot wants a Happy Ending, she’ll have to write it herself.

In the gloomy mountains of Shadowvale, Ascot Abberdorf is expected to marry a lugubrious Count and settle down to a quiet life terrorizing the villagers. Instead, armed with a book of fairy tales, her faithful bat-winged cat, and whatever silverware she can pinch, Ascot heads east, to the mysterious Daylands, where her book promises she can find True Love and Happily Ever After, if she only follows her heart.

Determined to win the hand of Prince Parvanel, Ascot storms the Kingdom of Albright. With the book’s guidance, she’s confident she’ll overcome any obstacles the imperious Queen Bettina Anna throws in her way, be they witches, evil stepmothers, or Big Bad Wolves.

Unfortunately, the book doesn’t cover reluctant princes, wolves who read Dostoyesvsky instead of blowing down houses, or a guild of Godmothers whose motivations may not be as pure as three drops of blood on a sweep of snow. Most annoying of all is the captain of the guard who swears he’ll see the moon fall before she weds Prince Parvanel.

There are stories . . . and then there are stories, and if this parade of shifty shenanigans continues, Ascot might have to rewrite her own tale lest she end most Unhappily Ever After!

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Half-vampire Ascot Abberforth is determined to find her Happy Ending. Armed with kindness, a group of strange but loyal friends, and a book she feels will lead her to become the prince’s future queen, she leaves her dark homeland and enters Albright to win Parvanel’s heart.

Instead she finds a competition of wannabe princesses who will do anything to make sure she doesn’t win, a queen with bad history of happy endings, silly and dangerous tasks she must overcome, and an enigmatic Captain of the Guard who challenges her every step of the way.

Filled with twists, turns, and great characters who charge the plot forward, Ascot manages to write her own happy ending – while remaining true to herself.

I particularly love competition among potential royals. Anyone who knows me knows I love princesses who are at each other’s throat. This story, just in the chapters surrounding the first dinner banquet, describes what lengths girls will go to for the prince’s heart. It was awesome. I also love the continual reference to fairy tales – big bad wolves, evil step-mothers, animals who will obey their master’s every order, and enchanted apples.

The creatures were a nice touch too. Although Ascot was half-vampire, she doesn’t feel the need to suck blood. She does have an allergy to garlic though. I loved that the shifter’s form was a sabretooth (a character whose name won’t be mentioned for spoilers). Dmitri and Moony also made quite a team and great allies to Ascot. Even Rags-N-Bones’s army of rodents were helpful at the best moments, often reminding me of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

badge5v4I was really looking forward to reading this – it arrived perfectly to fit my mood and my current request wish list. High fantasy is a favorite genre of mine and this quirky and cute story was just what I was looking for. It reminded me of the video game Fable at times, with a bit of Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman style) mixed in.  A great read for anyone looking for something cheerful to read. Five shiny stars.

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Ascot’s story is humorous and silly, perfect for fans of Eva Ibbotson’s Which Witch, Kiera Cass’s The Selection, and Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede.

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Demon Moon by Brad Magnarella

Another demon to fight. Another dark spirit. Another vampire. Another day in the life of Professor Croft.  Will this be his last?

demon moonTitle: Demon Moon
Author: Brad Magnarella
Series: Prof. Croft #1
Publish Date: July 30, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description: Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard.

Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.

That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.

Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.

Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.

No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.

Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?

Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

Combo Harry Dresden, Indiana Jones & Yancy Lazarus. Urban Fantasy, no sex, plenty of magic, no cliffhanger.

This was an amazing ride. The protagonist held the best features I love in other books. The writing was absolutely engaging and I read the whole book in one evening because I couldn’t stop. I am excited to find another series to read!

Okay, if you haven’t tried this series, try it.  It kept coming up on my recommendations and I kept putting it off.  Yeah. Yeah.  I see you, Professor Croft.  I’ll get to you soon. Well, I couldn’t handle the nagging and started it after work one night. I have to tell ya, I couldn’t stop until I finished.  It was AWESOME! Truly.

Like I said, Professor Croft is a combination Harry Dresden, Indiana Jones and Yancy Lazarus except his story takes place in a different version of New York City.  I can’t decide if it’s post-apocalyptic, but Everson does mention a “crash” and basically a vampire is in charge of Wall Street – where there is a wall…again.  Like Indy, Professor Croft has a self-important “supervisor” at the college that really wants him out.  There is another professor that Everson has the hots for and she is not aware of the wizard life he leads. I think she thinks he’s a hopeless drunkard and criminal, but he’s really just trying to keep the mundanes and the world for that matter safe.  There is also the matter of his ancient ancestry.  He descends from…well, read the book.  You’ll see.

badge5v5The story has got twists and turns to it that I never saw coming.  I was led in a direction and I followed it hook, line and sinker.  Then after I chastised myself for falling for that ruse, I fell into another one.  Don’t think for a moment that this is an easy mystery to figure out because I was lured into a false sense of security and at the end when all hell broke loose (literally) I was in shock and awe.

Yes, I’ve already bought the next in the series, but I have to pace myself.  There are only two in the series so far along with a prequel.

Other recommendations…

…you might try  Yancy Lazarus series by James A. Hunter, Cisco Suarez/Black Magic Outlaw series by Domino Finn or Immortal Vegas series by Jenn Stark.

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The Meddlers of Moonshine by A. E. Decker

2016-standout-award-badge-smallWelcome back to the adventurous world that Ascot and her rag-tag group inhabit. In book two, Ascot gets in over her head when she offers to help exorcise a town while her friend Rags-N-Bones follows a trail of mysterious memories he’s not entirely sure are his own…

I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

meddlers-of-moonshineTitleThe Meddlers of Moonshine
AuthorA. E. Decker
SeriesMoonfall Mayhem, Book 02
Publish Date: October 25, 2016, World Weaver Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Received from the author/publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionSomething is rotten in the town of Widget, and Rags-n-Bones knows it’s all his fault. Ever since he snitched that avocado from Miss Ascot’s pack, things have been going wrong. Armed with a handful of memories he never realized he had, Rags-n-Bones searches for a way to put right whatever he did to Widget in the past. If only he knew what it was! Unfortunately, the only person who seems to have answers is a half-mad youth that only Rags can see.

Widget is also suffering from a ghost infestation that has the townsfolk almost as spooked of outsiders as they are of actual spooks. While Rags-n-Bones seeks answers in the past, Ascot offers the town leaders her service as an exorcist, only to be handed an ultimatum: banish the ghosts or be banished herself!

Who’s meddling with Widget? To catch the culprit, Ascot and Rags-n-Bones must match wits with a shifty sorcerer, a prissy ex-governess, and a troublingly attractive captain before the town consigns itself to the graveyard of history.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Mischief and mayhem erupt in this sequel of epic proportions. We reunite with Shadowvalean Ascot (aka vampire), her mischievous cat Moony, her off-and-on love interest, Catch (a shapeshifter who plays an interesting role as her husband in this book, wink wink), and Rags-N-Bones, her skinny and silly friend – whose mysterious past is coming to light.

There are so many things I love about this book. I’ve always been a fan of quirky characters, lots of fantasy elements, and witty one-liners that make me laugh. And this series has all three. I’ll share a couple of lines I really enjoy for you.

This first one really sums up Rags-N-Bones character:

Rags-n-Bones had once hid in a closet for two nights after being assaulted by a particularly ferocious moth. Most likely, a passing gnat had tried to steal his share of his avocado.

And this next one I just enjoy because of its ominous feels:

“I forget a lot of things. Often, I find myself somewhere I don’t remember going to. But I remember the dying.” He smiled, and some emotion long-held and bitter sharpened the lines of his face. “You never forget the dying.”

But anyway, I love the comical feel of each and every chapter. You’ve got ghosts, vampires, sorcerers, and wanna-be sorcerers, plus you finally get to hear from Rags-n-Bones as he meets some old friends in attempts to get the city of Widget back to its rightful state. But of course, things always go wrong, but Ascot and her crew are up to the challenge.

badge5v4The writing is also fantastic – you can really tell the author’s had more experience (not that the first one was bad or anything, but you can tell it made it from book one to book two in the way it reads). All the scenes are vivid, light-hearted, and full of interesting twists and turns. One you might not even see coming (I did, but only right before it happened, not any earlier). Meddlers of Moonshine will win your heart with its adorable characters that have more human traits than they realize, despite their supernatural status.

Seriously guys, you’ll enjoy this just as much as I did.

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I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Blood Ice and Oak Moon by Marsha A. Moore

Witches and Fair Folk mix in this interesting novel about a young girl with a lot to learn.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

coon-hollow-3Title: Blood Ice and Oak Moon
AuthorMarsha A. Moore
SeriesCoon Hollow Coven, Book 03
Publish Date: October 3, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Provided by author

Publisher’s DescriptionEsme Underhill is about to discover a darkness hidden inside her that could destroy her chance for independence and possibly kill her.

Esme’s mother took her young daughter away from Southern Indiana’s Coon Hollow Coven to prevent her from learning about the unusual witchcraft she had inherited. When Esme is twenty-seven, her beloved Grammy Flora passes away and leaves her property in the Hollow to her granddaughter. With this opportunity to remake her life and gain independence, Esme attempts to emulate Grammy Flora as a wildwood mystic who relies on the hedge world of faeries to locate healing herbs. But fae are shrewd traders. When they open their world to her, she must meet the unknown malevolence of her birthright.

Thayne, the handsome king of the fae Winter Court, faces his own struggle to establish autonomy as a new regent. He is swept into the tempest of Esme’s unfolding powers, a dangerous threat to his court. His sworn duty is to protect his people, despite Esme’s beauty and allure, which tear at his resolve.

Both Esme’s and Thayne’s dreams of personal freedom are lost…unless they can trust each other and overcome surmounting dangers.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: First of all FAERIES! Any book with fae is ok by me! 😉 Even though this is my first book by Marsha Moore, it is the third in the series. However I like that it can be read as a standalone. You are not jumping into the middle of a longer story. I also like that it cast witches in a positive light – for the most part. It was refreshing to see that most of the characters in this novel worked with nature and wanted to be healers.

Dislikes: Even though the character is almost in her thirties, this book reads like it is young adult. Esme even acts, thinks, and speaks like a young adult, which kind of ruined her character for me. The relationship between Esme and Thayne seemed rushed. She goes from not really trusting him or knowing him to falling for him like that. I would have liked a bit more interaction between the two in order to make that seem more believable.

badge3v4Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will pick up the other novels about this little corner of the world. I give this book 3 icicles.

If you like this book…

…you might try Witches of Eastwick by John Updike, The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, or The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Spoiler Alert ** I had a hard time rating this book.

The Shade of the MoonTitle:  The Shade of the Moon
Author:  Susan Beth Pfeffer
SeriesThe Last Survivors Book 04
Publish Date:  August 13, 2013
Genre:  YA Dystopian/Post-Apocolyptic
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThe eagerly awaited addition to the series begun with the New York Times best-seller Life As We Knew It, in which a meteor knocks the moon off its orbit and the world changes forever.

It’s been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

On the one hand, I love that the author decided to jump on the dystopian bandwagon and create a post-apocalyptic society. Like many great dystopians out there, it had the themes of the “poor vs. rich crowd,” economic turmoil, and plenty of violence to go around. I enjoyed the intensity of the story and the emotions that Jon felt after his mother’s death, how he discovered love with Sarah, and how he comes to terms with forgiveness – within himself and for his family, especially Miranda. The author always does such a great job expressing those feelings and making readers feel for the characters.

On the other hand, some of it was unbelievable. I wish the world-building would have been better because I think that would have really improved the story visualization. I had a hard time understanding the flow of the enclave and the whole grubs vs. clavers vs. other regular people? At the beginning the most, then I just gave up and went with the flow.

Yes, Jon was an asshole at times and not at others, but dealing with the shit he’s been through, I don’t exactly blame him. He’s been practically raised to be spoiled and then he joins the Stockton enclave and he’s in the higher-up class and so therefore, he feels entitled compared to his “grub” family. I wasn’t fond of Ruby or her sister, and I feel like the author should have focused on building up the world more than the characters, since the majority of them we’ve already met.

badge3v4All in all it was a good ending to a series, though she always hints that there may be more. Guess we’ll see!

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If you like this book…

…you might try The Line by Teri Hall, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, and Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony.

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