Fantasy

Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore #1)

Jewels of the Sun

Summary:  

In her new trilogy, “New York Times” #1 Best Selling author, Nora Roberts returns to the lush, green hills of Ireland, where love is forever touched by magic - And where the Gallagher siblings explore the depth of their fiery hearts. 

Determining to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refugee in Faerie Hill Cottage, immersing herself in the study of Irish Folk and discovers hope for the future of the magical past.

Finally back home in Ireland after years of traveling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths. Although he's devoted to managing the family pub, a hint of wildness still glints in his stormy eyes--and in Jude, he sees a woman who can both soothe his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her--while they create a passionate history of their own... (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was the second time I’ve read this series and absolutely adored it once again.  I really think this is one of Roberts better series.  One of the best things is how she is able to capture the essential parts of Ireland: it’s beauty, it’s culture and mythology and its tough people. 

Jude is going through a dramatic life change, much like many of Roberts heroines.  I really appreciated her no-nonsense approach to the challenges she faces and her slow discovery into who and what she can be.  She is someone I think I’d be friends with in the real world.  And naturally, Aidan is lovely with a great sense of grounding in his village and his pub.  The combination of the two throw them both off guard and into a supernatural fantasy world that neither of them are expecting.

Warning: Contains sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans that like some Irish inspiration.

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Charmed (The Donovan Legacy #3)

Charmed

Summary:

Her legacy had been as much a curse as a blessing, so Anastasia Donovan had learned to keep it hidden. But when single dad Boone Sawyer swept into her heart, she longed to reveal everything despite her fear of the consequences. Then fate stepped in… (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was my least favorite in the series, which is surprising because Jessi is adorable and Boone is an intriguing character.  I think I didn’t feel as swept away by this one because Anastasia’s gift is much more ambiguous.  While Anastasia can calm and soothe, she isn’t as flashy or clear as to what she is doing.  Unlike Sebastian and Morgana who are willing to explain to those who are interested, Anastasia lets herself stay closed off after being hurt once in the past.

The fun thing was seeing how things developed for the other couples and seeing them settle into their relationship.  I also adored the moments getting insight into Anastasia’s garden.  Reading about gardens like this always makes me want to get into some planting.  Still recommended to those checking out the series!

Warning: Contains sexual content.

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans who like the flair of subtle fantasy thrown in.

Want to read the whole series?

Melting Stones (Circle Reforged #2)

Melting Stones

Summary:

Evvy, a young stone mage in training, is accompanying her mentor, Rosethorn, and another dedicate from Winding Circle while they investigate mysterious happenings on the island of Starns. Her job is to listen and learn, but, being Evvy, she can't just keep quiet and do nothing. With the help of Luvo, the rock being she befriended at her home in Yanjing, Evvy discovers the source of the problem — a long-dormant volcano. Now she and her friends must save the islanders from impending disaster — if only Evvy can use her talents to avert the certain destruction that looms ahead. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Although I know that Evvy is supposed to be a victim of post-traumatic stress, I found her a fairly unlikeable character.  Considering she was one of my favorites in the Circle Opens quartet, that was surprising.  Rosethorn was even fairly subdued and didn’t seem like her old self.  I am planning to read “Battle Magic” where we learn what happened to them (and perhaps will make me more understanding), but after this one I feel meh about continuing the series right away.

This book had a decent premise, but since Evvy is a character we don’t know as well as the original quartet her interactions with everyone also felt a little unclear and one-dimensional.  All around the book was an ok read, but nothing that’s a must read.  I will eventually read “Battle Magic” and perhaps after that I’ll feel more connected to “Melting Stones”.

Warning: Contains violence.

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of the overall Circle of Magic stories only.

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The Immortals (Olympus Bound #1)

The Immortals

Summary:

Manhattan.
The city sleeps. Selene DiSilva walks her dog along the banks of the Hudson. She is alone-just the way she likes it. She doesn't believe in friends, and she doesn't speak to her family. Most of them are simply too dangerous.

Murders.
In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago. To protect the innocent-and to punish those who stand in her way.

Gods.

With the NYPD out of its depth, Selene vows to hunt the killer on her own. But when classics professor Theo Schultz decodes the ancient myth behind the crime, the solitary Huntress finds herself working with a man who's her opposite in every way. Together, they face a long-forgotten cult that lies behind a string of murders, and they'll need help from the one source Selene distrusts most of all: the city's other Immortals.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and I voluntarily chose to write a review

Review:

This was a book that I had low expectations on that ended up blowing me out of the water.  I found the exploration of the Classicist’s views on mythology fascinating.  If you didn’t find the topic interesting in its own right it might have been a bit much for you, but as I was unfamiliar with the more in-depth mythology, it was all new to me.  Because it was new to me, it also meant that many of the reveals had more of the “Ahah!” moments that someone more familiar might have.

Selene is cut off from the world as begrudgingly allows herself to have assistance through the investigation of the mystery.  I enjoyed that she’s not exactly likeable, but slowly becomes more relatable throughout the book.  Theo reminded me a lot of Robert Langdon in a good way.  He’s somewhat bumbling, but means well and does his best to apply his knowledge towards figuring out the mystery.  This combination of the two had me continuously guessing as to which directions things were going to go and I loved how the final showdown towkred out.

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Fantasy fans who think the idea of myths come to life sounds fantastic.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound #2)
  • Olympus Bound (Olympus Bound #3)