Marilyn Hughes

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  • My Enchanted Life on Feb. 27, 2012
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    At first, I was skeptical of the book. From the synopsis, I wasn't sure I would like it. However, was I in for a surprise. The book is terrific & leaves you wanting more! On her 18th birthday, Emma Winslow (our protagonist) is told she has inherited a house in England from an uncle she never hear of. Well, imagine her surprise! Once the shock wears off, she decides to journey to England, to the town of Wode Gate. Thinking it just a way to spend a month off before college, she packs her bags and off she goes. Little does she realize that Wode Gate is "between worlds" and unable to be seen by normal people. It's a magical space occupied by all sorts of fantastic creatures such as elves, gnomes, fairies, and even a dragon! She soon falls in love with the town and it's inhabitants & they with her. Soon after arriving, she is told, she it the Sentinel, the guardian of Wode Gate & that she cannot leave to return to her old life. That is she does so, she will die (Sentinels cannot be away from their gates but for short periods of time). Emma is helped through her "adjustment" to her new life by her housekeeper, Lizzy (a cursed numph) & Randolph, another Sentinel who has been sent to "teach" her how to be what she is (& has a very off-putting manner). This book takes you through Emma's adjustment to a magical life in Wode Gate and all the people & perils she encounters. In an effort not to give away anything, I will leave my review at this. The book is excellent and though classified as a YA read, I think readers of all ages will find it enjoyable. I would HIGHLY recommend it!(less)
  • My Enchanted Life on Feb. 27, 2012

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  • Illicit Magic (Book 1, Stella Mayweather Series) on March 29, 2012

    This is a great read, starting with the very first sentence. Stella doesn't know she will soon be on the run for her life. All she knows is that "things" seem to happen when she's around. No family, no friends, working as a "temp" since she can't stay too long in one place (she makes people uneasy), and living in a grubby flat in London, Stella believes this is what her life is to be and she's become accustomed to being alone. That all changes when a group called The Brotherhood gets her in their sights. Even though Stella doesn't know it yet, she's a witch and The Brotherhood has made it their mission to target and eradicate witches from the face of the earth. They are responsible for a string of murders where the victims are burned alive at the stake. And now they are after her. Enter Etoile, who rescues her from them at the last minute, whisks her overseas to America, and introduces her to the Council, the witches' ruling body. While waiting for the Council to decide what should be done to protect her, she's attacked again and it's decided that she needs to be sent to a "safe house" where she can be trained in the use of her magic while being protected. While there, she's introduced to a cast of characters that quickly become the friends and family she's never hard. However, throughout this almost idyllic time, trouble has been brewing and it's after her. This is one of those rare books that reaches out, grabs you, and doesn't let you go from the very first sentence to the very last word and then leaves you wanting more. Thankfully, the second book in this series, Unruly Magic, has already been released. I'm headed to buy it now. Illicit Magic was that good of a book.
  • Crimson Midnight (Crimson Series Book 1) on April 24, 2012
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    The book started out with a lot of promise & ended with it also. Rose, the main character of the book, has decided it's time to strike out on her own. She and her best friend Faye move to London where she has a job teaching self defense classes. Faye, whose father is very wealthy, is just along for the ride & bunks down with several other people while Rose moves in with a friend of the family. While at Flo's (the family friend), she meets a cast of characters including Roman, Harold, & Raven who unbeknownst to her are werewolves, and "Thistle" a vampire who quickly becomes a close friend. After being attacked one night by a demon, it is revealed to Rose that she is some type of warlock and that the people she knows and loves are in fact supernaturals and not human. She spends the next few days enjoying her soon to be lost "freedom" (at least in her mind) before she turns herself over to the supernatural community for registration and determination of exactly what she is. While all this is going on, strange events have been occuring. Rogue werewolves are on the loose, warlocks and other supernaturals are disappearing, and finally, Rose's friends start going missing. Thistle doesn't return from the Harvest Moon/wedding of friends, and Raven, the Beta werewolf, disappears. All is revealed however on Halloween night. Flo doesn't show up to the Halloween party and then Roman, who left to check on her, never returns to the party. Rose goes back to the house and finds blood and an unexpected surprise. Now, to not spoil the ending, I'll stop here. Let's just say there is a surprise ending that leaves your wanting more. While I did find this to be a good read, different storylines seemed "forced". The story around a few homosexual couples seemed to be trying to convince you of something and so does the story around Thistle, the vampire community, and their "Moon Goddess". All seemingly forced dialogue and all having nothing to do with the mail storyline. Mention it, even talk about it here and there as warranted, and move on. We don't need to be convinced of anything. All in all, a decent read and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
  • Crimson Midnight (Crimson Series Book 1) on April 24, 2012

    The book started out with a lot of promise & ended with it also. Rose, the main character of the book, has decided it's time to strike out on her own. She and her best friend Faye move to London where she has a job teaching self defense classes. Faye, whose father is very wealthy, is just along for the ride & bunks down with several other people while Rose moves in with a friend of the family. While at Flo's (the family friend), she meets a cast of characters including Roman, Harold, & Raven who unbeknownst to her are werewolves, and "Thistle" a vampire who quickly becomes a close friend. After being attacked one night by a demon, it is revealed to Rose that she is some type of warlock and that the people she knows and loves are in fact supernaturals and not human. She spends the next few days enjoying her soon to be lost "freedom" (at least in her mind) before she turns herself over to the supernatural community for registration and determination of exactly what she is. While all this is going on, strange events have been occuring. Rogue werewolves are on the loose, warlocks and other supernaturals are disappearing, and finally, Rose's friends start going missing. Thistle doesn't return from the Harvest Moon/wedding of friends, and Raven, the Beta werewolf, disappears. All is revealed however on Halloween night. Flo doesn't show up to the Halloween party and then Roman, who left to check on her, never returns to the party. Rose goes back to the house and finds blood and an unexpected surprise. Now, to not spoil the ending, I'll stop here. Let's just say there is a surprise ending that leaves your wanting more. While I did find this to be a good read, different storylines seemed "forced". The story around a few homosexual couples seemed to be trying to convince you of something and so does the story around Thistle, the vampire community, and their "Moon Goddess". All seemingly forced dialogue and all having nothing to do with the mail storyline. Mention it, even talk about it here and there as warranted, and move on. We don't need to be convinced of anything. All in all, a decent read and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.