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  • Destiny Divided (Shadows of Destiny Book 1) on April 17, 2011

    Loved this book! My only complaint is that I don't have a portable ereader yet, and reading this on the computer killed my eyes because I couldn't stop reading. I can't wait for the next book in the series! This story has it all: humor, sex, vampires, magic, werewolves. How do you improve on that? The heroine was great. I'm enjoying reading other vampire/PN series, but I'm kind of tired of the innocent/naive/country heroine. It's been done, move on. Sage is certainly nothing like that, and I loved her for it. Of course, there's a sexy super-natural hero. Those can never be overdone. LOL My favorite quotes: "A Sorcery community? Do they have a Facebook page?" "Aw, fuck me," she muttered. "Love to doll, but I'm sort of numb from the waist down," he said. "Can I take you up on it later, though?" "It's a brand new Droid. I just personalized it." He held it out to face her. "Look, I downloaded Bejeweled."
  • Destiny United (Shadows of Destiny Book 2) on July 12, 2011

    Awesome book! I stayed up half the night, reading on my computer, because I *had* to know how it ended! I love how Shaw's female leads aren't typical heroines. This is the second book in the series, and it stands as a great story on its own, but you definitely want to read Destiny Divided first just for the background. Once you read Destiny United, you'll want to read the third book (we have to wait!), so you may as well know the whole story. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
  • Unspoken Stories on Oct. 08, 2011

    Science fiction can be hit or miss for me. I'll read it, and I mostly like it, but it's not one my favorite genres so I don't seek it out. Short stories are iffy, as well. I'm sure it's hard to fit a complete story into such a small word count. And many authors who write short stories, should be writing novels. They just try to put too much story into a small space, and the reader ends up feeling like we've missed something important. Neither one of these issues was a problem when I read Unspoken Stories - Volume 1 by B.C. Young. The stories were interesting, complete, and even though they're only a few pages each, they're long enough to get you hooked and make you care about the characters. In fact, one of the stories made me cry, and we all know that's not allowed. Even so, I'll be giving this book five stars. You can read the official summary of the stories above. Keep reading for my summary of the stories. "Copy Bird": A post-apocalyptic survivor and what may be the smartest bird ever. "Going Home": An emotional story of a soldier visiting his family. "Josie Dorri and the Coffee Ban": An interesting story about choices. And coffee. "The Present": This is one of those "Be careful what you wish for" stories. It's kind of weird, and the time travel loop threw me a bit, but it was still good. "Running to Keep Her": This is a sweet story about lost love, but it's also a bit creepy because the guy is a tad bit obsessed. About the book Title: Unspoken Stories - Volume 1 Author: B.C. Young Where I got the book: I got this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Anchihiiroo - Origin of an Antihero on Oct. 29, 2011

    I'm not sure what book dancingqueen67 read, but I'm don't think we read the same book. The Anchihiiroo I read was well-written, and easy to read. I enjoyed reading Yoshi's story and learning how he ended up being the anti-hero he hated so much. This short isn't as funny as Toonopolis: Gemini; it's a more serious story, but it has funny moments. And of course, a snarky sidekick. I'm still wondering about the whole brother issue, but I suppose I'll have to read the next Toonopolis installment for those answers. I think I can handle that.
  • Doodling on Nov. 18, 2011

    Two phrases come to mind when I read this book: "Stop the world. I want to get off," and "It's us against the world." You will never think of those words quite the same way after reading Doodling. On the surface, Doodling is a humorous, ridiculous story about missing toasters and wayward asteroids, and is completely enjoyable on that level. Doodling is also a cautionary tale, warning against the danger of moving too fast, doing too much. Gould reminds us that life is always better when it's taken at a reasonable pace. I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • The Unwilling Bride on Nov. 19, 2011

    I was a little worried that this book would be too similar to Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (which I loved). Turns out it's not, and it's fabulous all on its own. The stories really are nothing alike and while God and faith are a part of the story, in An Unwilling Bride, it's more subtle than in Redeeming Love. I have to say that while I could empathize with Caitlin at being forced into the marriage, I can't really say I liked her much in the beginning. She was pretty much a spoiled brat. Her father was pretty hard to take, too. Why wouldn't he just tell her the truth? I also wondered at first if Dillon was going to be as easy-going as he seemed and put up with her attitude. I'm thrilled to say that everything worked out in the end. The characters are all well written, so you get a chance to know them, both the good and bad qualities. You get to know them and actually care about what happens. Of course, I picked this book because of the historical aspect, which is well-done, also. There is also a secondary love story. And meddling woman who really needs to be taken down a peg or two. Basically, this book is full of reasons for you to read it. I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review as part of Adopt An Indie Month.
  • Destiny Unchained (Shadows of Destiny Book 3) on Nov. 10, 2012

    Natalia is a vampire assassin with a penchant for ending up tied to trees and Cristian is an alpha werewolf. Their very species dictate that they become mortal enemies, but they can't fight their attraction to each other. Natalia struggles to maintain the walls she's spent centuries building around her heart while they hunt a rogue werewolf in a race to stop him before he kills again. Shaw has a fabulous sense of humor and it comes through in all her books. I love the banter between her characters and the fourth book in the Shadows of Destiny series is just as fun as the first three. I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.