Book Review: Healing Hearts by Miranda D. Nelson

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You know that feeling you have after you’ve read a really fun and lighthearted book? Yeah, it’s been a while for me too, but; I’ve got the solution.  Sweet and Clean Regency Romance.giphy-1

I just read Healing Hearts (Roselund Heights Book 1) and can’t stop smiling.  It’s a great story by Miranda D Nelson that has the uplifting spirit and pace of a Janette Oke novel and the nostalgia of an Austen tome.  The heroine, Joanna, has decided that marriage isn’t for her.  She spends her days assisting her uncle, the local physician, and managing her sister and father in their daily pursuits (ie she’s a control freak).  Her neat and orderly world gets thrown into full blown chaos when the handsome new guy moves to town.

Colin, is the hero of the story.  He has the brooding good looks of Mr. Darcy and is a talented artist.  He basically oozes 19th century perfection.  His reasons for moving to Roselund Heights is a mystery and Joanna finds herself hopelessly attracted to him.  Both characters are trying to heal in some way and have character flaws to overcome.  Neither is perfect, which results in realistic and balanced characters.

austen-book-quote-memeThe world building and character building was excellent.  I felt connected to the characters instantly and the author did a magnificent job at getting me to understand each one’s complexities.  The technical skill was also well done.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves uplifting and positive reads.  It’s a clean romance which means nothing more than kissing, so I can safely recommend it for the younger YA crowd and up.  I think Janette Oke fans will be quite pleased to stumble upon this series.  It’s the first book in the series with the others yet to be released.  I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.  It was a great morning read ( I started it at breakfast and finished it before lunch) and I look forward to the continuance of the series.

For more on author Miranda D Nelson check out her Facebook page.

Happy Reading!

Bibliogal

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Review: The Shadow and The Sun by Monica Enderle Pierce

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So this week I’m introducing you to a Historical Fantasy set in a Medieval background. If you like Game Of Thrones, The Wheel of Time series, or really any other Fantasy series; I think you’ll be pleased to read this.  It has adventure, magic, warriors, and some romance thrown in for good measure.

So get ready for my review!

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Halina, the bastard daughter of the king, is a fierce warrior and respected leader.  Currently her kingdom is at war with the kingdom of Bersera and she is sent as an emissary to the Shadow Mage to secure his allegiance.  There’s one big problem, the Shadow Mage might live in her kingdom, but he’s the brother of the King of Bersera. 12235013_971866096220572_6081445717608669339_n Halina isn’t discouraged though, he’s a man and she’s never met a man she couldn’t conquer.

Gethen is a powerful Shadow Mage and Necromancer.  He has no interest in choosing sides in this war.  He’s busy trying to convert into a Sun Mage and defeat a powerful witch out to destroy everything.  He has no time for the beautiful lady knight knocking at his castle door.

The two get stuck in a blizzard of magical origins and realize they need each other to defeat the evil Rime Witch.  By defeating her, they’ll not only save the world, but possibly end the war brewing between the kingdoms.

I found this book very enjoyable.  It’s been a LONG time since I’ve read a medieval fantasy and this was a good one to get back in the groove with.  It has some of the things that people find difficult in this genre, like trying to remember all the names and titles (or maybe that’s just me, I’m a bit scatterbrained) but the story flowed well and the mythology was easy to understand.  I loved that a woman was the hero of the story, which is something lacking in this genre.  I LOVE a good dose of girl power! This is Book 1 and the full title is The Shadow and The Sun ( Militess and Mage Series ) and I’m hoping for more soon.  The world building is really amazing and detailed, without dragging on and boring me ( I have to be honest, The Wheel Of Time did that to me a couple of times).  

b4bf3f1f2df7739608b4f5aaaa2300ebI’m giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to experienced fantasy readers and to those who haven’t read fantasy before but want a place to start! It’s violent and has some sexual content so I would recommend it for the upper YA crowd and Adults **

**Disclaimer: My recommendation is based on what I would feel comfortable letting my own family members read age wise, so take it with a grain of salt, not responsible for butt hurts

For more on Monica Enderle Pierce you can check out her official Facebook Page and Twitter below.

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Book Review: In Want Of A Wife by Odelia Floris

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The 3rd review in my Historical Genre month-long series of reviews is a sweet and clean regency romance. I have to say, if you like the writing style of Jane Austen, then I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this novel.  download

The story starts with sisters Rosa and Arielle. Arielle is a social butterfly while, Rosa is an introvert….to the extreme. In fact, I would compare them to Mary and Lydia Bennett. Both ladies are sent to London to find suitable matches before the Season ends. Arielle is determined to marry for love, while Rosa just wants to do her duty and never repeat a Season again.

tumblr_n4ad8x8v8f1twtq8po1_1280As the story progresses, Arielle only has eyes for a dashing Captain in the military. Rosa, unexpectedly, finds herself juggling 2 suitors! She soon has to decide between love or duty.

I enjoyed this book very well.  It’s fast paced and if you’re used to a traditional style of writing (like Austen or Bronte) you’ll find it a light and easy read. It’s a sweet and clean romance which means just a few kisses and nothing more.  This also means it’s good for the YA crowd should they be so inclined.  I’m giving this a 5 out of 5 stars, but I have 1 complaint: It needs an epilogue! Or maybe a novella-esque sequel. I’d recommend it for austen-book-quote-memeRegency ‘shippers and as this book reminds me of Jane Eyre and a mix of several Austen novels, I think it’s a win for traditionalists as well.

Happy Reading!

Bibliogal

If you’re interested in learning more about Odelia and her books check these links out:

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Review: Diamonds Fall by Rebecca M. Gibson

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I can’t wait until the end of my article to give you the goods.  I rated this book 5 out of 5 Stars!  I’m also still processing what I just read.  Rebecca M. Gibson killed me emotionally at 8PM EST/US last night.  I don’t write my reviews ahead of time and schedule the posts.  I like to write my thoughts down as soon as I’ve read the book then post.  This way I can insure you that my opinions and emotions are authentic and I don’t have time to ruminate on them.  So my gut and visceral reaction to this book : Devastated, Intrigued, Scared, Happy, and What The Fudge!? A recipe sure to make you want more.

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Annabel Hoddington is the heir to a massive fortune.  She has lived her entire life for one purpose: To Marry and equally rich husband and provide her family with a perfect reputation.  Set in Victorian England, Annabelle’s journey takes us on heartbreaking lows and gut wrenching lows.  On her 18th birthday, Annabel is kidnapped by a vicious  thug and his family and taken to a secluded village in the countryside.

Tortured and with no hope of escape, she finds allies and friends in the younger adult children of her captor.  Patsy, Billy, and Daniel Prince literally fight to keep Annabel alive.  Along the way, Miss Hoddington finds herself falling for Daniel. There are so many barriers for them, one is left wondering how in the heck it’s going to play out.  I have to say, until I reached the last page, I had no fudging clue what the author had in mind!  It is definitely a To Be Continued piece, which may upset some of you.  Fear not, the sequel, Rubies Fall is just around the corner!

Here’s why I gave the book 5 stars.  Technically, it’s well written.  Gibson is a master of description.  I could visualize every scene and feel all the intensity in every interaction.  Her heroine takes a journey of self discovery and changes for the better.  In the beginning of the book, Annabelle isn’t even aware of how unpleasant she is.  I didn’t want to like her, but soon she discovers who she really is and transforms into a beautiful person both inside and out. The ensemble cast is as lovable as the Main Character.  Patsy is brave and kind, (HufflePuff) Billy is a gentle giant with the biggest capacity for pure and genuine love. (HufflePuff) Daniel is kind, loyal, and a martyr for his loved ones.(HufflePuff) In fact, the Harry-Potter-and-the-Order-of-the-Phoenix-GIF5.gifcharacter development as a whole is well done.  I loved the good guys and loathed the bad guys.  I swear, I hated the “bad” guys just as much as I hated Delores Umbridge! If I were to summarize this whole story in a way that would connect with my regular fan base, I would tell you that this is a tale of HufflePuff vs Slytheryn set in Victorian England (minus the magic)! __871267139

 

So that’s all the stuff I loved about Diamond’s Fall.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  I’m still processing it fully.  I hope I recover in time for the sequel.

Happy Reading,

Bibliogal

PS Due to the level of violence I would caution that this book would not be suitable for the 15 years and under crowd.

Rebecca M. Gibson links:

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Book Review: Type X by M.A. Phipps

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Okay, let’s start this review off with a link to my review of Book 1 in the Project W.A.R Trilogy, Ultraxenopia.  Trust me, it will save you a lot of time and confusion, not to mention, I can save a bit on my word count. tumblr_inline_npyun1MlsB1rxr4x6_500

So, now that you’ve gone and read about Book 1, let us proceed to Book 2. (Dr. Richter will be pleased with your progress) …(Okay, inside joke for those who’ve read the books 😉 ) Normally this is the part where I insert clever memes and gifs, but M.A. Phipps has generously provided me with some teaser pics that will do nicely.

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Type X, picks up 2 years after the last book.  It’s hard to say much since I don’t want to give spoilers, especially since Release Day isn’t until Friday 08/19/2016! Anyway, 2 years later and Wynter is not the naive girl she used to be.  She has become a weapon, brainwashed by the State and used to destroy cities and countries with a mere thought.  She’s like Jean Grey’s Dark Pheonix, seriously, it’s bad.  x-men-apocalypse-trailer-hints-at-dark-phoenix-will-jean-grey-go-bad-ok-this-visual-is-778725So while Wynter is focusing on surviving and getting her Dark Phoenix on, the actual resistance known as Pheonix is plotting her extraction.  Eventually, she’s caught off guard and ends up reunited with her former friends.

Par the course for brainwashing, Wynter doesn’t remember ANY of them, and her rescuers have become her captors.

This book has a LOT going on, in a good way, not a confusing one.  Wynter has PTSD, 67415704Stockholm Syndrome,amnesia, and uncontrollable powers to contend with.  All this going on while a civil war is brewing…seriously, M.A. Phipps, have you ever done a stint as a writer at Marvel?

 

I really enjoyed this novel and I need to thank my lucky stars and the author for allowing me to read it as an ARC.  I’m absolutely giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars!tumblr_louhxo5DxL1qzj6s0.gif It’s Dystopian and if you like the Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver, etc. You’ll love this one.  It’s got a lot of violence and a bit of sexual content so I’d rate it at a PG level.  Probably 15 years and up would be my conservative recommendation on this one.

You can pre-order it on Amazon, or just wait until Friday, but either way make sure it’s on your e-reader! (or book if you are so inclined.) I’ll set up some stalking links below and leave you with this teensy tiny disclaimer…..* I don’t own Marvel, Jean Grey, Dark Pheonix. I only borrowed their images from the interwebs.  Marvel don’t come after me, it’s really flattery to mention your franchise in this post…M.A. Phipps wrote a good one 😉 

Join M.A. Phipps on Friday, August 19,2016 to celebrate the release of Type X! Lots of great authors will be attending as well as Phipps herself! It’s sure to be fun…and we all know you’ll be checking Facebook anyway 😉 Type X Release Party

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Review: Laws of Attraction by RC Boldt

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So, not long ago I made the rule that Bibliogal would stop reviewing Contemporary Romance and Erotica.  I still stand by that rule but RC Boldt gets grandfathered in. Why, because it’s my blog and I can change the rule anytime. Also, she writes good books. resized_the-most-interesting-man-in-the-world-meme-generator-basically-i-do-what-i-want-7653fc

 

So, to start our journey into Book 4 of the Teach Me series, I will let you know up front that l_06e79b70-d56b-11e1-9fc1-1ba0d2f00005I won a paperback copy in a contest….using a picture of THIS GUY………Misha Friggin’ Collins! This pretty much means we’re off to a good start already  😉

I received my prize and dove in.  I’ve read books 1-3 in this series and the main character in Laws of Attraction, Langley, had been mentioned briefly in them.  Her love interest Lawson has been a secondary character in an ensemble cast and featured throughout all of the previous books.  I’m not gonna lie, Lawson is my favorite MC ever! (Yes Mr. Darcy, he knocked you off your pedestal, though you’ll always be my first 😉 ) While these characters are featured in previous novels, this book , like all the others in the series, can be read as a stand alone.

Lawson is an elementary school reading teacher with a Star Wars obsession, razor sharp wit, a ready smile, and a heart of gold. Plus he’s a Cross Fit devotee, but he’s not a douche about it, I gotta appreciate that. He’s always going out of his way to help his friends and 13901316_1155860984486088_1556666406995683232_nmake them smile.  That’s my formula for a Prince Charming!

Langley is a former United States Air Force Combat Pararescuemen, also known as a PJ. She’s had a pretty shitty life and her military career was all she had going for her until she was more or less forced out.  She finds herself in Florida working for a security company and being forced to attend karaoke parties with her boss’s friends.  At first, she attends these outings begrudgingly, but soon the group grows on her and she begins to relax.  She also finds that she’s attracted to the goofy Lawson.  This is something she absolutely did not want, but then again, the heart wants what it wants 😉

The book is about Langley trying to overcome her emotional baggage and her past and learning to trust her heart.  Sigh! I fell for it.  I absolutely loved this book.  I’m giving it a 5 out of 5 stars!

I loved this book and all the others in the series because the characters are actually fairly believable.  No crazy billionaires, no forbidden or taboo stuff, no secret babies, all things that make me cringe.  They are a large ensemble cast of characters and each one is unique and likable.  This book in particular made me laugh so hard!  Puns, Sexy Yoda Talk, embarrassing Grandmas, and flighty but lovable Moms!  I also love Lawson’s penchant for graphic tee shirts…I share this love.  OpnhCCb.png

Langley is a force to be reckoned with and a strong female MC.  She’s a fully dimensional character, but not a total Mary Sue, which is refreshing.  As a former PJ she can definitely hold her own and she can match wits with Lawson in the joke cracking department.  Brains, Brawn, and Beauty…the trifecta!  I would recommend this for Romance Readers with a sense of humor and nerds who like their MC Hero’s to have a great sense of humor! Not for kids! Definite 18+ age range due to some sexy scenes 😉

You can find Laws of Attraction and the other books in the Teach Me series at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, RC Boldt’s website, and soon at a Walmart near you!

Happy Reading!

Bibliogal

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Rebecca

Book Review: Atancia by Wren Figueiro

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Atancia by Wren Figueiro is a YA or NA Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance….that’s a mouthful!23076121.ChippyWithaMouthful That’s at least how I would describe it. Atancia, or “Atty” as she is referred to, is a typical college student. She’s responsible, shy, respectful, and very loving to her adopted grandmother.  After witnessing a death, she experiences what she believes is a series of panic attacks.  For some reason this onset of panic attacks triggers her Nana to mention something Atty’s long lost mother had told her.

This secret, in turn, puts Atty on a journey to figure out the mystery of her missing mother and who she really is.  Along the way she meets a mysterious guy named Ben. Ben is wealthy, handsome, and an all around perfect guy with seemingly no flaws.  Atty and Ben hit it off and find themselves attached to each other pretty quickly.  Ben drops the bombshell of Atty’s origins and invites her to his home in Australia to explore further.

I have to say the premise of this book sounds pretty good on the surface.  In fact it isn’t too bad.  You’ve got a family origins mystery to solve, exploring supernatural powers, and traveling the world. It’s got a lot of pluses in it.  I have to say though, I couldn’t connect with the characters very well.  It felt like I was being “told” a story rather than being invited in to the story.  Like when your co worker tells you about their weekend on a Monday before you’ve finished your coffee; you hear what they’re saying but it’s just not connecting in your brain yet.frog21 (1)  The story also moves a bit slow and and the pacing is all over the place. Also the characters are too good to be true. I know authors love their characters and will defend them to the death…which is a good thing. In order to have a character be believable they need to have some sort of flaw…even a small one. Atty is perfect. She reacts normally and sanely in any situation, which drove me a little crazy. For example….Ben drops a bombshell out of the blue about his origins, and has some insight into hers as well, and it’s like she shrugs her shoulders and that’s it. No questioning, no freak out, nothing. Even a calm and in control person would have some sort of reaction to crazy information.

When the setting moves from Miami, Florida to Australia’s Blue Mountains things perked up a bit.  It was refreshing to see Australia that way, as I’ve never been. It actually made me think about putting it on my travel bucket list.frabz-I-should-visit-Australia-39ebc9

I think this would be really good with a little revision and tweaking so I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars. Atancia is the first book in the Durand Duology series and the sequel: For Atancia is also available.  For more information check out the links below:

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