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The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey

Hi all! Sorry for the silence! I can’t remember if I updated readers that I was expecting last summer so…surprise! I had twin boys about a year ago now. I have been working on getting the mom thing down and now that my little ones are a little more independent, I have been able to pick up a book more often (not much more I am afraid).  I cannot fan girl over Ms. Jaffrey enough and so I thought I would start with her second installment of the Sovereign Series to get me back in the groove. I was not disappointed!

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

Silver queenTitle: The Silver Queen
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Series: Sovereign 02
Publish Date: October 17 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal , Fantasy

Source: Provided by author

Publisher’s DescriptionThe last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.

Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.

Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.

The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Josie Jaffrey has done it again with another amazing read. It is dark, gritty and filled with devious twists that once again had me wanting to throw the book across the room (trust me this is a good thing)! Ms. Jaffrey brings characters of depth, natural dialogue, expands upon her world building.

I absolutely adore Lucas and Julia! She is tough and isn’t going to let anyone or anything stop her. Even when she faces death not once but twice! He grows over the course of the novel into a powerful young man!

Once again there is a cliff hanger ending that makes you want to rush out and get the next book. Sorry this review is short and sweet but over all I love love love this book. I badge4v5hope I can get to read the last novel in this series (maybe, eventually like when the boys are in college?).

 

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

Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories that Should Never Be Forgotten by Jerry Borrowman

These true heroes with incredible stories of bravery, split second decisions and all the pressure that war can deliver.

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

Title:  Invisible Heroes of World War II
Author:  Jerry Borrowman
Publish Date:  May 1, 2019
Genre: Non Fiction
Source:  Shadow Mountain Publishers
Publisher’s Description: This unique collection documents twelve fascinating and largely untold stories of minorities, women, and Native Americans who supported the Allied cause in World War II. Courageously serving as soldiers, spies, POWs, builders, medics, and movie stars, they fought for the cause of freedom and democracy against the combined threat of the Nazis and Axis powers.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This is not the normal kind of book for me.  I usually go for urban fantasy and away from anything realistic.  I saw the cover and it reminded me of the episodes on M*A*S*H that had the journalistic twist to them.  I don’t have anyone that went to war during WWII.  For those of you that aren’t history buffs, WWII started in 1939 with the Nazi’s invading Poland and ended with the atomic bombs being dropped on Japan in 1945.  That war was spread globally over 30 countries. That was a terrible time in history.  It was war.  Bloody, vicious and cruel war.  Nazi’s brutalized people, imprisoned people in concentration camps, bombed people and places, stole and destroyed art, money and tried to dominate white supremacy and bragged about it.  These are stories of people fighting against the Nazi Germans as well as the Japanese. This book has stories from soldiers and stories of people that were not soldiers but had more bravery in their little toe than I have in my whole body.

I chose this book because it intrigued me. I wanted to read about these heroes.  The people that I found fascinating were the Navajo Code Talkers.  They are true heroes for the code they developed and the ability to deliver messages quickly and efficiently though surrounded by noise, violence and chaos.  There were 29 men that designed this code and served their country even as they were bullied and ridiculed themselves because they were Native American.  Their story is amazing.  There was woman by the name of Nancy Wake whose story was told in this book.  She led over 7000 troops HERSELF!  She was so clever at subterfuge that she evaded capture for years.  She was a British Spy, she was a member of the French resistance and she fought sexism the whole time she volunteered for the fight.  She was not the only one.  So many people have stories that should not EVER be forgotten and this book brings their bravery, strategical thinking and cleverness to light.  I was absolutely blown away by these people.  Their life accomplishments make mine seem like a kindergarten effort.

This is not a long book, I read it in a couple of hours.  It was a humbling book. It was incredible.

 

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

 

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Titan series by Cristin Harber

Military Romance bundle in the Romance Package on Audible.  Worth it? Or No?

I like military romances and I especially like them when they are bundled so I get 5 books for one price.  This one is called the Titan Series by Cristin Harber.  This set was bundled up and released on 12/10/18.   One tends to think that when the books are bundled that way they may not be that good.  One could be right, but these weren’t bad, but they weren’t super either.  They were good to cook, clean and work on my hobbies while listening, so they rated a 3. They had their cookie cutter format, but each character was one that had their own story to tell.  There was a lot of gratis sex, violence and blood.  There was cussing, alpha men who were bossy and women that were mostly strong.  I’m not sure I could handle a “helicopter husband” who had to know the who, where and when of my life 24/7.

I think that the books would have been better reading than listening because the narrator had his high points and low points.  Multiple times I caught him reading the book instead of narrating it.  The part that bugged me the most was the part where he reached the bottom of the page and hesitated to finish the sentence until he turned the page.    Like I said, they weren’t great but they were not bad either.  Middle of the road.

Title:  Winter’s Heat
Publish Date:  June 10, 2014
Publisher’s Description:  After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.

Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind.

When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret—he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.

 Title:  Sweet Girl
Publish Date: July 7, 2014
Publisher’s Description: Sometimes falling in love means going through hell…

She’s a sweet girl.
Nicola Hart grew up under the heels of her older brother and his sexy best friend, Cash Garrison. Years of ignoring her spark with Cash has transformed their friendship into a slow burning sizzle. One night with him could ruin everything. Or it could be more than she ever dreamed. They play. They flirt. But they haven’t crossed the line because too much is at stake. Family. Friendship. And the deepest kind of love that she’d have to be crazy to walk away from.

He can’t stay away from.
She’s his best friend’s little sister. The definition of hands off. Cash has tried to ignore her for years. Those innocent eyes and her smile that screams kiss-me-if-you-dare… Instead, he’s looked at every pretty little thing who’s crossed his path, all to ignore the girl he seems destined to want. But when his hard partying ways get old and everyone at school is interested in Nicola, it’s time to stake a claim. To make Nicola his girl, no matter the risks, and hold the hand of the one he really loves.

Sweet Girl is the full length prequel to bestselling Garrison’s Creed. Before Cash and Nicola can fall in love forever, they have to suffer through their first love.

Title:  Garrison’s Creed
Publish Date:  September 26, 2013
Publisher’s Description:  A SCORCHING HOT LOVE THAT STARTED SO MANY YEARS AGO…

A SPY RUNNING FOR HER LIFE
Nicola is an injured CIA agent on the run from a failed undercover operation. Her escape plan shatters when she slams into the man who buried her a decade ago. Cash Garrison. Her first and only love. Now, sexier than her best memory and cradling a sniper’s rifle, he has questions she can’t answer. Why was she alive? And armed?

AND THE MAN SHE COULD NEVER SEE AGAIN
Cash is an elite member of a black ops organization, The Titan Group. He thought Nicola died his senior year of college and swore off love to focus on a decade of military missions. But when she shows up behind enemy lines, bleeding out and wielding a weapon, his heart and mind are unsure how to proceed.

BATTLE BETRAYAL TO SAVE THEMSELVES
Titan and the CIA join forces to uncover a mole hidden in a network of international terrorists and homegrown mobsters, teaming Cash and Nicola again. They fight old wounds and re-ignite sparks while closing in on a double agent. When disaster strikes, Nicola’s hidden past makes her the hunted target and Cash’s best kill shot may not be enough to save them.

Title:  Westin’s Chase
Publish Date: 
September 27, 2013
Publisher’s Description: 
THE MASTER OF EVERYTHING HAS FOUND HIS MATCH
Jared Westin knows his reputation and likes it. He gets the job done. No emotion. No baggage. That’s why his elite ops company, The Titan Group, is better than the best. They complete projects classified as mission impossible.

And then, in walks a woman as tough as she is sexy. His counterpart in every way, should he choose to admit it.

SHE’S NOT WILLING TO LET HER HEART FALL
Ousted undercover ATF agent Lilly Chase only answers to “Sugar.” Jared is the only man who can see past her leather-and-lipstick demeanor, and that revelation is terrifying. She was fired for helping Titan on a questionable arrest she should’ve ignored, then partnered with Jared’s rival on an assignment in Afghanistan.

Distance and danger do nothing to change her feelings. When she’s left on the side of a mountain to die, an unexpected ally comes forward, and might open her heart.

THE STAKES COULDN’T BE HIGHER
Saving Sugar isn’t a normal rescue operation. It pits Titan against its rival, Jared against his nemesis. Chasing Sugar’s heart isn’t a simple task, either. She fights him, fights them, always ready to run. When she becomes a pawn in a game of collateral damage, Jared must risk his life to save her—the woman whose bravado and surprising sweetness has given him the one thing he never had. Love.

Title:  Gambled
Publish Date:  September 28, 2013
Publisher’s Description:  Brock Gamble’s epic fall from the Titan Group labeled him a traitor. He betrayed his men. He failed his family. And when he thought he’d hit the lowest point, his wife walked out with their children, leaving him alone to drown himself in the bottle.

Surviving an abduction didn’t end the nightmare for Sarah Gamble. The aftershocks of post-traumatic stress disorder hit her hard. Self-doubt and confusion. Anger and hurt. Running away was an easy escape until Brock shows up on her doorstep offering a trip to paradise and a promise to fix their marriage.

Before the couple can search for answers, Brock is pulled back into the very world that Sarah is so scared of—kidnapping, cartels, and guns—and the stakes are too high for either one of them to ignore.

 

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Devil’s Due by Percival Constantine

Who wants to start a war between Heaven and Hell?  Someone does and it’s up to Luther to save the world…again.

Title: Devil’s Due
Author:  Percival Constantine
Series:  Luther Cross #1
Publish Date: June 1, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source:  purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  Half-human. Half-demon. All attitude.
Luther Cross here. Dangerously handsome, effortlessly stylish half-demon, at your service. As I have inherited certain…abilities with my odd genetics, I’ve put them to use as Chicago’s foremost paranormal investigator.

My current case? Well, I have to admit, it feels a little personal. I’m helping a mysterious girl who’s turned up on my doorstep, pregnant through mystic means. I can’t help but think of my own mother…and if I don’t help her, she’ll face the same fate.

Turns out, someone is trying to create an army of half-demons. While it might be a pleasant change to hang out with my own kind, I know most half-demons don’t have my sense of morality. If I don’t stop this evil plan, the armistice between Heaven and Hell will be broken and all of the Earth will pay… It will be the beginning of the end.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

Wow.  Talk about an ego the size of the Empire State Building.  Yep, that’s Luther Cross.  He’s sporting a fast car, sparkly watch, tailored suits all because he can do what others can’t.  He’s a paranormal investigator and there are very few that will take on what Luther will.  He’s also half demon which is technically called a Cambion.  They are outlawed.  They should not exist, but Luther does by the Grace of Someone who is connected.

He starts with a case of murder and quickly develops to kidnapping and hostages.  Someone is playing God, but he can’t figure out who.  Is it the demons? That would be bad.  Is it the Angels?  That would be worse.

Luther may start out with an ego, but he confirms the reasons he has one because he gets done what no one else will touch.  As the book progresses (and I mean quickly – it was a one sit wonder.  One day. One read.), the world is in grave danger of a war between heaven and hell that only Luther can stop.

I loved this book.  It started out as a egotistic paranormal PI who thinks he’s all that with a cherry on top story to a hold on to your socks and strap in kind of adventure.  I will definitely be reading book 2.

 

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Junkyard Druid by M.D. Massey

Just a college kid trying to lead a normal life after studying and being trained as a druid under his thousand year old “uncle”.

Title:  Junkyard Druid
Author: M.D. Massey
Series: Colin McCool #1
Publish Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description: A cursed druid, blackmailed by a faery queen to find a missing magic rock. Let’s just hope they don’t hack the druid off… for everyone’s sake.

Name’s Colin McCool. Folks call me the Junkyard Druid. I hate that name.

Despite my last name, I’m not “cool” like the other hunters in town. I don’t run an occult bookstore, I’ve never owned a Harley, and I didn’t inherit a family fortune passed down through generations of hunters before me.

And I kind of have this curse on me that’s messed up my life.

So, things have gone to hell since I was cursed. I live in a junkyard, my mentor Finn is a heroin addict, I’ve got the Cold Iron Circle breathing down my neck, and the local Fae Queen Maeve is blackmailing me into doing her dirty work.

Now I’m in way over my head trying to retrieve Maeve’s stolen magic rock, all while helping my friend Belladonna solve a series of murders that may or may not involve the local werewolves.

And did I mention that my girlfriend is a ghost?

If I can just get the Faery Queen’s tathlum back, and help Belladonna solve the murders…

Then I just might live long enough to finish my first year of college.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

I have had this book on my TBR shelf for awhile now.  I liked the cover and picked it up because it looked and sounded like something I’d enjoy.

This was a book that had events in it that I did not see coming.  If I would have known they were coming, I probably wouldn’t have read it.  You know, I come by the Nervous Nell nickname quite honestly.  So, since we are here, everyone knows I read it.  I thought it was pretty dang good.

Often the word ‘Druid’ brings up thought of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid, Atticus, but this kid is not Atticus.  There are lots of reviews out there and some people hate Colin and some love him.  First thing I want to say about that is: Colin is NOT Atticus! Get over it already.  This is a different character and he’s a lot more angry, devastated by his loss and a whole lot less about helping people.  He’s not a thousand year old druid so he doesn’t have the same experience. He’s just a college kid and he just wants to be left alone.

The protagonist has some serious mental health damage after losing someone he cared for immensely.  The story is written in two different time sequences.  One with Colin McCool being young, directly after the devastating event and then the now Colin McCool.  What I’m trying to say, is that the young Colin gives the backstory and the now Colin gives the story of what he’s going through in the present.  They are both written well so I didn’t get mixed up even once.

Being trained by Colin’s uncle makes for a difficult transition into the normal world.  Colin isn’t meant for normal.  Colin won’t ever be normal.  He’s studied and trained as a druid and he’s ingrained in the supernatural world, so no matter what, people will take advantage of his skills.

There was no sex, but plenty of magic and monsters.  Even those little Travelocity gnome guys are in the book and they aren’t nearly as nice as I thought. There was Belladonna and Luther who were secondary characters – both rock.  Maeve was in there too, and calculating as always.  She’s a long game player and it was made crystal clear.

I thought this book was worth my time and I’m going to read the next book because I want to see what’s next.

 

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