Thursday 13 May 2021


The Book

Sweep With Me by Ilona Andrews
Book 4.5 of the Innkeeper Chronicles series
Read by Natalie Naudus
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

About Sweep With Me:
A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews.

Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to.]

Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone.

All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?
Source: Info in the "About Sweep With Me" was taken from GoodReads at on 09/08/2020.

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My Thoughts:
I was kind of hoping that the Mukama's uncontrollable need to eat children will be explained in this book after reading Sweep Of The Blade. Unfortunately this book is no longer about Maud and Helen but centered around Dina and Sean instead. So no more Mukama mentions. I am still hopeful that the mystery of the Mukama will be revealed in subsequent books in this series.

For such a short story (a novella), this book managed to fit in Koo-kos, Drifen, Medamoth, and Mr. Preston and his ninjas! That is an impressive plot building for such a small space. But then again this is Ilona Andrews we are talking about here, so it shouldn't be too surprising. And of course, masterful story telling quality that made reading this novella too fast! I wanted it to last, but no such luck!

I am an old fan of this series and this author, so this review might just be one big fan rave. However, fan rave or not, it is never-the-less true that this book is a wonderful read!!

Not recommended to be read as an introduction to this series because you will miss out on the start of Dina and Sean and an understanding of the events and characters mentioned in the book.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 5
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

FTC Disclosure:
Copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

Wednesday 5 May 2021


Magic In My Bones by Kellie Sheridan
Book 1 of the Lesser Magicks series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook

About Magic In My Bones:
My name is Melanie Sinclair, and as far as anyone knows, I've been dead since the day I was born.

More than twenty years ago, I was smuggled into Ireland to be raised where the magical community would never find me. Two decades of hiding. Two decades of pretending to be less than I am, blending in with the lesser magicks--those whose abilities are of little interest to the beings in power.

My true fate may not remain a secret much longer.

Humanity is getting too close to learning about a world they may not be ready to handle. In order to fight the growing threat of exposure, the supernatural world will be hosting a summit in Galway, in my city, bringing all of the people my family died to protect me from right to my doorstep.

So much for the luck of the Irish.
Source: Info in the About Magic In My Bones was taken from GoodReads at on 20/01/2019.

My Thoughts:
Promising start to a new-to-me series.

I don't know if the author have read the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs or not, but the story arc with this series, as surmised from this book, is awfully similar to that of the Mercy Thompson series. Of course there are a few deviations like the heroine is not a coyote but a "combination of all magics"... la di bla... But, close enough that it was what made me continue reading this book in the first place. It feed my Mercy Thompson fix craving. So the theme has been around the block a few times too many, however, I do not mind non-originality. What I want is "how the story is told" quality and this book is good. Good enough to make me want to continue reading into this series. Having said that, it wasn't really that which made me buy the second book in this series but because this book ended in a cliffhanger. While it ended the plot in this book, it also left a lot of threads hanging for the next book to get bought. I usually do not like this strategy, but I understand that the publishing industry is a business.  

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 3.5
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 3
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 2.5
Pace = 3.5
Plot = 3

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

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Meet The Author

About Kellie Sheridan:
Kellie has been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as she can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been her true love.

Kellie spent part of her twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but is now back home in Ontario, Canada.

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

Tuesday 4 May 2021

BULLY 4 LOVE: A Rather Odd Love Story

BULLY 4 LOVE: A Rather Odd Love Story by Steven Paul Leiva
Genre: love story

About BULLY 4 LOVE: A Rather Odd Love Story:
"She walked into my classroom ten minutes early on the first day of the Fall 1990 semester at South Pasadena Adult Education. I sat at my desk with my head down, going over notes and a sheet of mandatory announcements.

It was not hard to hear the entrance, which came with a slight swish to it. I raised my head to greet my first adult education student.

She stood just in from the door: a person — a woman — a person, unlike any person I had ever seen or, indeed, have ever seen since, for she was radiant. Radiant — a not unusual adjective and often a metaphor — but at that moment, as she stood there, and as I possibly held my breath, the word was an utterly accurate adjective that was just barely a metaphor."

Thus begins a very odd love story.

Adolphus. Lavinia. Eugene. Peggy. Who loves who?

Love rejected. Love ignored. Love found. And pizza.

"Steven Leiva not only promises he delivers. Bravo!" -- Ray Bradbury, Author of "The Laurel & Hardy Love Affair." Off-beat
Source: Info in the About BULLY 4 LOVE: A Rather Odd Love Story was from the press kit from the publicity team.

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About Steven Paul Leiva:
A refugee from the silly fields of Hollywood where he cavorted with such luminaries as Bugs Bunny and Betty Boop (although the latter was but a brief affair), Steven Paul Leiva has authored nine novels and one novella since 2003. His work has been praised by literary great Ray Bradbury, Oscar-winning film producer Richard Zanuck, NY Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Diane Ackerman, and Star Trek actor John Billingsley, the greatest bookworm in Hollywood. He has received the Scribe Award from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. A traveler among several genres, his books include his witty Hollywood thrillers, BLOOD IS PRETTY and HOLLYWOOD IS AN ALL-VOLUNTEER ARMY, his novelization of the indie family film; the Scribe Award-winning 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS; his Sci-Fi satire of first-contact told from the point-of-view of the aliens, TRAVELING IN SPACE; his comic look at happy-ever-afters, BY THE SEA; his surreal political fantasia, IMP; his bizarre, possibly audacious, somewhat Sci-Fi novella, MADE ON THE MOON; JOURNEY TO WHERE, a contemporary "scientific romance" written in the tradition of H.G. Wells and Jules Vern; CREATURE FEATURE: A HORRID COMEDY; and his latest, BULLY 4 LOVE, a rather odd love story

LTP: w | t | f
MM: w | t | f | gr