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  • The Blood Moon of Winter - 2nd Edition on Dec. 12, 2011

    I really, really enjoyed this book. It is probably a 4.5 instead of a 5 because of a few editing issues, but the story was wonderful. It is difficult to review this book without giving too much away, so if I spoil anything, I apologize in advance. Here is what I liked about this book: The main character is an avid reader! There is a talking feline.... I so love talking felines!!!!! Jason is a writer. What is sexier than a writer???? The book was an enjoyable read. There were no parts where I was tempted to skim. The Tattoo!!!!!! It is a book I can see myself reading again. It is unique and does not follow the same story arc I have seen in so many novels lately. It is beyond a bargain at only $.99. Ok, there are a ton more, but I really am afraid I am going to ruin too much of the plot if I share them. I am anxiously waiting the next installment of this series. There is so much rich content the author can pull from. The possibilities are endless. Personally, along with the the main storyline, I am looking forward to seeing what part her mom may or may not play as the series progresses. If I had an older teen daughter interested in reading this, I would think twice about it, but not necessarily dismiss it outright. There is one scene that is definitely adult, but it is not x rated adult. It would definitely not be for a younger teen.
  • Ziggy Two Step - Courier Extraordinaire on Dec. 13, 2011

    This is a very well written short story that sucks the reader in from the beginning. It is a fast paced story about Ziggy, a man who is just as fast paced. It was a quick and enjoyable read. The plot made some interesting twists and turns and I can see this being a great story listen to as well as to read. Who knew the life of a bicycle courier could be so interesting?
  • Vultar's Tellianar Part 1 on Dec. 19, 2011

    I love this whole series. I love world Beth has created. It is unique and fresh. I have all of her works related to this world and will continue to buy them as she writes them. I need to know what happens next. What I liked about this installment, in particular, was that it included more perspectives and helped you understand the world a bit more. The only thing I did not like about this is the fact that the formatting somehow got messed up going from what Beth wrote to what ended up on my ap. I think it may be because I use an ap and not a true dreaded.
  • Witch Way Bends (Book 1 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy) on Jan. 18, 2012

    I am not even really sure where to begin. There was so much I liked about this book. While I am going to try really hard not to give any spoilers that will impact your enjoyment of this story, I can not guarantee that I will not inadvertently over share. I apologize in advance, if I do. This is the first book in a trilogy about a woman who discovers she is a witch, as she is helping to bring down an evil organization. I know this sounds like many witch story arcs, but this story is anything, but typical. It incorporates familiar lore with new lore, making for very interesting characters and plot twists. I'll tell you what I liked about it: * Devan is a character I could easily relate to and care about. She is strong, yet vulnerable. She cares about others and often puts their needs before her own, but is never a door mat. While she is struggling with a horrid past, she uses it not as a weakness, but as the strength she needs to move forward and make things right. * This book has witches, vampires, a faery-witch, a shaman, dhampirs, and a sheoque. *I love that the characters are in their mid-thirties (or older - hundreds of years old ;0)). So many of books in this genre have young adult aged characters and I loved having characters closer to my age. * You finish the story feeling like the story is complete, yet wanting more. There is no "I can not believe the author ended this here and now I have to wait months/a year to find out the end of the story" angst. *Neither the love story nor the mystery/adventure overshadowed the other. It is a nice blend making this a good book for people who love romance as well as those loving the suspense of a good vs evil conflict. *The bending in this book (this may be spoilerish) is the bending of time and the author somehow avoided most all of the things that usually irk me about this sort of thing. I am an uber geek about time distortions of any kind, so this made me happy. *Laugh if you will, but this book gave me a brilliant recipe idea I can not wait to try and a fun desserty sandwich to make at home. The recipe they used was basically a grilled fluffernutter (so yummy). My brilliant (possibly brilliant, possibly yuck, but I am thinking optimistically)is a nutella/fluff sandwich grilled. If you try it before I get to the store for nutella, please let me know how it is. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next two books in this series. I am thinking it will have more Vamps (since it is bite) and I do love vamps. I think I know what shift will be about, but I will wait until number two gets out so I do not look foolish by jumping to conclusions ;). I will say, for the record, I do not believe it will be were related. Those of you who know me, probably realize I can not wait to find out and I will probably pester the author about my idea within minutes of posting this hehehe. This is not a YA book and I would recommend it for people 18 and older. The violence is not too dark, but there are scenes of adult fun not geared towards a younger audience. I received this as an arc, so I can not comment on the formatting or proof reading of the final product. I use a kindle and the formatting seemed really strong. There were some editing errors, but they were not distracting to me (the nerd) and may have been fixed before the final product was released.
  • Witch Way Bends (Book 1 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy) on Jan. 18, 2012

    I am not even really sure where to begin. There was so much I liked about this book. While I am going to try really hard not to give any spoilers that will impact your enjoyment of this story, I can not guarantee that I will not inadvertently over share. I apologize in advance, if I do. This is the first book in a trilogy about a woman who discovers she is a witch, as she is helping to bring down an evil organization. I know this sounds like many witch story arcs, but this story is anything, but typical. It incorporates familiar lore with new lore, making for very interesting characters and plot twists. I'll tell you what I liked about it: * Devan is a character I could easily relate to and care about. She is strong, yet vulnerable. She cares about others and often puts their needs before her own, but is never a door mat. While she is struggling with a horrid past, she uses it not as a weakness, but as the strength she needs to move forward and make things right. * This book has witches, vampires, a faery-witch, a shaman, dhampirs, and a sheoque. *I love that the characters are in their mid-thirties (or older - hundreds of years old ;0)). So many of books in this genre have young adult aged characters and I loved having characters closer to my age. * You finish the story feeling like the story is complete, yet wanting more. There is no "I can not believe the author ended this here and now I have to wait months/a year to find out the end of the story" angst. *Neither the love story nor the mystery/adventure overshadowed the other. It is a nice blend making this a good book for people who love romance as well as those loving the suspense of a good vs evil conflict. *The bending in this book (this may be spoilerish) is the bending of time and the author somehow avoided most all of the things that usually irk me about this sort of thing. I am an uber geek about time distortions of any kind, so this made me happy. *Laugh if you will, but this book gave me a brilliant recipe idea I can not wait to try and a fun desserty sandwich to make at home. The recipe they used was basically a grilled fluffernutter (so yummy). My brilliant (possibly brilliant, possibly yuck, but I am thinking optimistically)is a nutella/fluff sandwich grilled. If you try it before I get to the store for nutella, please let me know how it is. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next two books in this series. I am thinking it will have more Vamps (since it is bite) and I do love vamps. I think I know what shift will be about, but I will wait until number two gets out so I do not look foolish by jumping to conclusions ;). I will say, for the record, I do not believe it will be were related. Those of you who know me, probably realize I can not wait to find out and I will probably pester the author about my idea within minutes of posting this hehehe. This is not a YA book and I would recommend it for people 18 and older. The violence is not too dark, but there are scenes of adult fun not geared towards a younger audience. I received this as an arc, so I can not comment on the formatting or proof reading of the final product. I use a kindle and the formatting seemed really strong. There were some editing errors, but they were not distracting to me (the nerd) and may have been fixed before the final product was released.
  • Forbidden Soul Bond Prequel on Feb. 21, 2012

    I do not have a whole lot to say about this book except..... I NEED MORE!!!!!!! This part of the story really pulled me in and I need to know what happens next!!!!! If you like Beth's work, you will not be disappointed by this read! There was a slight formatting issue, but I have a feeling it was because I am using an ap.
  • Spellbound-Legend on Feb. 26, 2012

    As people who know me or have followed my reviews know, I love all things Fae. I have since I was a child. I even have a fairy tattoo. I love reading books about fae, but lately I have not really found many good series to dive into. So many have just plain weird lore or are retelling of a fae falling in love with a human without really having much story around the world of fae. Yep, I am a fae snob. Why do I bring all this up, because this book gave me what I was looking for. A new fae series to dive into. I adored the first book in this series and can not wait for more. I loved how the world of fae was intertwined with the world of Druids. I also loved how the characters from so many different places and times all convened together. The love story was good and the good vs. evil story arc was very well developed. I am really looking forward to where the story will go from here. While the book left the good vs. evil story arc at a place where I am sure it will continue, the main love arc ended in a very good place so I did not feel like I was only getting one book slit into pieces. I enjoyed the voice of the author's writing. It felt like we were actually listening to the different character's sides. I am so mad at myself for not starting these books earlier. I can only hope the next book is as good as this one!!!! This is an 18 plus story for some violence and scenes of adult fun.
  • Shee Willow-Legend on Feb. 26, 2012

    It is official! I am addicted to this series! It has been a long time since I have found a fae series I can actually immerse myself in and with this one, I have jumped in with both feet. I have read two in three days. I can not help myself. They are that good. While this one had some carry over characters and a continuing story arc from Spellbound - Legend, it also introduces a whole cast of new characters. Once again, I felt like I really understood these character thanks to the amazing voice the author uses in her writing. This is not a series where we see the same couples coming together, facing tragedies and adversity and then after four or five books, finally coming together. That made me happy :). I felt like the main story arc of good vs evil that began in the first book made some nice progression and left me wanting to know what was next. I enjoyed the love stories, especially that of the Ete. It was nice to see her grow into a more central character in this book. I will, without a doubt, be reading the next book ASAP. I am so glad I listened to my friend and started reading this author/series.
  • Trapped-Legend on Feb. 27, 2012

    If you read my reviews, you will notice that I did, in fact, review two other books from this series in the past couple of days. I can not help myself. I can not stop reading them. I stayed up most of the night reading this one. I may have a Claudy Conn problem ;). There were a couple of things in this book I really loved. I loved BJ's relationship with Bryan. The friendship and kinship they found with each other was easy to believe and understand as improbable as the situation was. I also really loved that this book connected the past to the present. I this was not my favorite in the series, but it still was a great read. It continued the main story arc nicely and introduced us to some new characters. I am really looking forward to the final "battle" when all of these characters will come together. I love this fae series!!!
  • Free Falling-Legend (book #5 Legend series) on March 04, 2012

    Another amazing addition to Claudy's fae series. I enjoyed the heroine in this particular book. I am not really able to pin point what it is about her. She is young, impulsive, and seems to be great at making really silly decisions, yet I felt connected to her. I read this back to back with Catch and Hold (the last book of the series) and did not do a review in-between because, frankly, I have no self control and I "needed" to know what happens next. Please check out my review for Catch and Hold. It will be more detailed. I am afraid I will divulge too many spoilers if I try to separate them. Lesson learned. from now on I will read one, then review, then read the next.
  • Catch & Hold-Legend book #6 Legend series on March 04, 2012

    I am soooo sad that I have finished this fae series! I love it so and wish there were even more books!! This book continued the story of Z as well as completing the main story arc started in the first book. What I loved the most about this book is that it connects all of the characters from the first books in this series together. I love seeing strong women come together for a common purpose (do not worry, their men were there too ;)). I am not sure I can say enough about this series. the lore was original, yet familiar enough to not make you uncomfortable with the new components. She pulled characters from different times and places and put them together for a common goal, making very interesting connections/relationships. I just could not put these books down. These books fall into the category of "I know I have them on ebook, but I am going to buy them in book form too because I just can not stop my self". I can not wait to to check out this author's other series!
  • Shadowlove-Stalkers on April 25, 2012

    Claudy did it again! I love, love, love her Fae series, so I thought I would give her vamp series a go. I am so glad I did. One of the many things I enjoy about her writing is that she takes the lore and makes it her own. This book has vampires, black magic, a half vampire/half witch, immortals, and more. She does not stick with the typical vampire story. I love it!!!! The only issue I had with this book was that it kept me up all night reading "just one more chapter". Of course, that "one more chapter" became the whole book. Consequently, I am very tired today ;). I will definitely, without a doubt, be reading the next book in this series. I am so excited to find a new vampire series to dive into! This was super close to a five star :).
  • ShadowHeart--Slayer on April 30, 2012

    I am beyond tired once again. That seems to happen every time I read one of Claudy's books. I never seem to be able to put it down and end up staying up most of the night. This book is part two of her vampire series and features Damon, one of the characters from book one, and Nikki, a slayer. I love it when female heroines kick butt :). This book sucked me in from the first page and did not let me out until I had read every page. I adored the characters and felt like the story line made some nice developments. I am really interested to see how the main story arc plays out. I was beyond excited to have Breslyn and Ete making an appearance in the story and am very interested in how this series will mingle with her fae series (it is one of my all time favorite series). I can not pinpoint what it is about her writing exactly, but it is beyond addictive. I can not wait to begin the next book!!!
  • Shadowlife-Hybrid on May 05, 2012

    I did not think this was possible, but I like this book even more than the previous Shadow books by Claudy Conn. Once again, Claudy wrote a book I could not put down (the proof is my sink full of dishes and pile of laundry waiting to be folded). This book introduced two new main characters and a few minor characters. I love how the book focused on Chase and Roxie without leaving out characters from books one and two. The awesomeness of the new characters were that they were both part shifter and I do so love shifters. Roxie was powerful and I adore strong female heroines. I think her character was the perfect addition to the females of her Shadow series. If I could pinpoint what I liked best about this particular installment was, I am pretty sure it would be that it really built upon the layers from the first two books and everyone played their role in the good vs. evil conflict. I am trying hard not to give spoilers, but let's say that some minor characters get what they deserve (both good and bad). I am impressed how she was able to transform the Dracula lore to make it her own. I really hope that Claudy continues to write more in this world. I think you could probably read this book without having read the first two books, but I say run out and get all three because once you read one, you will want to read them all ;).
  • Shadowlife-Hybrid on May 05, 2012

    I did not think this was possible, but I like this book even more than the previous Shadow books by Claudy Conn. Once again, Claudy wrote a book I could not put down (the proof is my sink full of dishes and pile of laundry waiting to be folded). This book introduced two new main characters and a few minor characters. I love how the book focused on Chase and Roxie without leaving out characters from books one and two. The awesomeness of the new characters were that they were both part shifter and I do so love shifters. Roxie was powerful and I adore strong female heroines. I think her character was the perfect addition to the females of her Shadow series. If I could pinpoint what I liked best about this particular installment was, I am pretty sure it would be that it really built upon the layers from the first two books and everyone played their role in the good vs. evil conflict. I am trying hard not to give spoilers, but let's say that some minor characters get what they deserve (both good and bad). I am impressed how she was able to transform the Dracula lore to make it her own. I really hope that Claudy continues to write more in this world. I think you could probably read this book without having read the first two books, but I say run out and get all three because once you read one, you will want to read them all ;).
  • Shadowlife-Hybrid on May 05, 2012

    I did not think this was possible, but I like this book even more than the previous Shadow books by Claudy Conn. Once again, Claudy wrote a book I could not put down (the proof is my sink full of dishes and pile of laundry waiting to be folded). This book introduced two new main characters and a few minor characters. I love how the book focused on Chase and Roxie without leaving out characters from books one and two. The awesomeness of the new characters were that they were both part shifter and I do so love shifters. Roxie was powerful and I adore strong female heroines. I think her character was the perfect addition to the females of her Shadow series. If I could pinpoint what I liked best about this particular installment was, I am pretty sure it would be that it really built upon the layers from the first two books and everyone played their role in the good vs. evil conflict. I am trying hard not to give spoilers, but let's say that some minor characters get what they deserve (both good and bad). I am impressed how she was able to transform the Dracula lore to make it her own. I really hope that Claudy continues to write more in this world. I think you could probably read this book without having read the first two books, but I say run out and get all three because once you read one, you will want to read them all ;).
  • Netherby Halls on Feb. 11, 2013

    I love Claudy's paranormal series and I love her historicals, so when I saw that she had released a book that was a historical romance with paranormal elements, I knew I had to read it! Once again, she did not disappoint. This book has mystery, romance, suspense, and magic. I love Sassy. She is a strong and independent woman. Life may not have dealt her the cards when would have wanted, but she makes the best of them and ends up finding herself at Netherby Hall where, because of her magical abilities, she senses the evil that is ever present there. Add to this her overwhelming and confusing feelings for the man of her actual dreams, who happens to be far above her station in life and may have secrets of his own, and you are in for a fun read.
  • After The Storm on Feb. 18, 2013

    Jenny is young and feels alone. After losing her fiance at Waterloo she does not seem to be able to move on. In come the Earl of Danfield with an offer that will help them both. Their feelings for each other grow and an HEA looks on the horizon until a couple of "pranks" occur leading Jenny to believe she may not be safe. Who can she trust? Her heart, her husband, her in-laws, her friends? I loved this historical. Romance, mystery, and a lovable heroine make this unputdownable read one of my favorite historical romances. The story was paced beautifully and had me needing to keep reading, even as midnight came and went. The secondary characters add so much depth to this tale of two lost souls finding each other and what matters in life. If you like your historical romances with a bit of mystery and a whole lot of chemistry, this book may be just the book for you. This book is 18 plus for sexual content, which takes place within the context of marriage (if that is something you are looking for).
  • Through Time--Whiplash Book on March 28, 2013
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    I was a little apprehensive about this book because I knew it featured Trevor and I knew it did not have Lana. It broke my heart when she was killed and even though we hardly knew either of the characters it was a horrible loss. I was afraid this book might be too sad and melancholy. A sort of "work through the pain to find some sort of happiness" type tale. Not sure why I was worried. Claudy is one of my favorite authors for a reason. She writes amazing books that never disappoint me. Ok, so here are some of the things I loved about this book: *Jazz is smart (marine biologist smart), fun, brave, spunky, and a bit mysterious. I just liked her. If I were to meet her in real life I would want her to be my friend. She is just an awesome character and a perfect edition to the world Claudy has built. *Trevor is so much more than the fae I thought him to be when I first met him. Watching him develop feelings for Jazz as the book developed, watching him battle his inner demons, watching him interact with the other fae, all of it was just intriguing. Oh and he is hot, so there is that ;). *Frankie may be my favorite character of her's yet (sorry, Breslyn). I can not say much about why without being spoilery, but Frankie is one to watch. *This book is a nice blend of romance, adventure and mystery. It also has returning characters from past books and secondary storylines that make it more than your typical romance. * I could not put it down. I was not even feeling well when I read this, but instead of sleep I made the choice to read until the last word. *The ending had me so, well I can not say what because it will ruin it for you, but let me just say I emailed the author when I was done and not because I was mad at the ending ;). It you love paranormal romance with a smidgen of time travel, some heat, and adventure all mixed into a beautiful created world, you probably want to run and get this book. It would probably be best if you read book one first, but you could jump on board with this one and be ok. I personally loved the fact that I have read all the Shee and Time books because I think it added a lot to the story.
  • Through Time--Whiplash Book on March 28, 2013

    I was a little apprehensive about this book because I knew it featured Trevor and I knew it did not have Lana. It broke my heart when she was killed and even though we hardly knew either of the characters it was a horrible loss. I was afraid this book might be too sad and melancholy. A sort of "work through the pain to find some sort of happiness" type tale. Not sure why I was worried. Claudy is one of my favorite authors for a reason. She writes amazing books that never disappoint me. Ok, so here are some of the things I loved about this book: *Jazz is smart (marine biologist smart), fun, brave, spunky, and a bit mysterious. I just liked her. If I were to meet her in real life I would want her to be my friend. She is just an awesome character and a perfect edition to the world Claudy has built. *Trevor is so much more than the fae I thought him to be when I first met him. Watching him develop feelings for Jazz as the book developed, watching him battle his inner demons, watching him interact with the other fae, all of it was just intriguing. Oh and he is hot, so there is that ;). *Frankie may be my favorite character of her's yet (sorry, Breslyn). I can not say much about why without being spoilery, but Frankie is one to watch. *This book is a nice blend of romance, adventure and mystery. It also has returning characters from past books and secondary storylines that make it more than your typical romance. * I could not put it down. I was not even feeling well when I read this, but instead of sleep I made the choice to read until the last word. *The ending had me so, well I can not say what because it will ruin it for you, but let me just say I emailed the author when I was done and not because I was mad at the ending ;). It you love paranormal romance with a smidgen of time travel, some heat, and adventure all mixed into a beautiful created world, you probably want to run and get this book. It would probably be best if you read book one first, but you could jump on board with this one and be ok. I personally loved the fact that I have read all the Shee and Time books because I think it added a lot to the story.
  • Lady Bess on June 06, 2013

    I really enjoyed this historical romance. It grabbed onto me in the first chapter and it was a real challenge to put it down. It was a fun romance with some mystery, adventure, and humor. Bess was fun and spunky and very much a free spirit. He connection with John felt real and I enjoyed watching it unfold. I really enjoyed her best friend's hubby, Robby. He had me in stitches because I know someone very much like him. If you are a fan of Claudy's you are going to want to snatch this one asap. If she is new to you, this is a great one to start with. I read it is permanently free as a gift to her fans.
  • Through Time-Frankie on Oct. 06, 2013

    When I first "met" Frankie as a child in an Through Time - Whiplash, I knew there was more than meets the eye with her. Since she was just a child, I figured she would play a key role and then sort of pop in and out throughout the series. I was beyond excited to see that she got her own story years later in the storyline. Thankfully, it was not years later in real life because I am so not patient enough for that. The best part, this meant Graely. Yes, I just swooned over a Dark Prince. Talk about a "bad boy" who sort of kind of isn't even though he soooo really is. Sorry, just swooned again ;) . Once again, Claudy has created this amazing fantasy with action, a bit of mystery, and a reunion of so many of my favorite characters, while focusing on Frankie and Graely. As strong and powerful as Frankie has always been, she really grew into this amazingly intelligent, strong, and powerful woman while still holding onto a bit of her innocence of the world. Graely should have been a lost cause between his "father" and spending so many years with his "brothers". Yet, somehow he becomes more then his genetics and history. I love that this is not a "Love makes the bad boy good" story and that we started to see that Graely was starting to become the fae he wanted to be years before this installment began. It made their love story so much more. I am getting dangerously close to giving spoilers away, so I should quit while I am ahead. I LOVED this book. If you have not read the other Through Time books, you will probably not enjoy it nearly as much as if you had, so I would start there. The first book is currently free, so that is a great place to start.
  • Danio's Prelude on Nov. 18, 2013

    This book really is for fans of the series. If you do not know the characters, you are probably going to think it is a decent read, but not fall in love with it the way MTM fans will. One of the things that makes Elizabeth such an amazing author is that she knows her characters better then most people know themselves. I kid you now. I am that fan that emails the author with silly qustions that probably drive them bonkers. With Elizabeth I know she knows the answer. Goodness, I could ask her what Char got Danio for Christmas in 2007 and she probably knows. That makes her books much richer then they appear at first read. I read semester aboard a second time after reading Snowbound and I kicked myself for missing so much. This book makes me want to reread the series once again. Not only do we get insight into why Danio has said and done certain things, we also learn a huge secret which I am still kicking myself over not realizing sooner. This book will make you cry... a lot. It will also make you smile and a scene or two will make you wish you had your AC on. The stories span decades so you will see old friends as well as make some new one. I really think this is a must read for all MTM lovers. It almost feels like she gave us this amazing gift because we get to see Danio through the eyes of so many people.