Sunday, February 23, 2020

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: CRAVEN STREET

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By E.J. Stevens
Narrated by Melanie A. Mason & Anthony Bowling


RATED IT






The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains at 36 Craven Street point to something more diabolical than an illegal anatomy school. The tool marks on the bones, arcane sigils of great power, indicate more than mere butchery, more than enlightened experimentation. The signs, omens, and portents support the crown's greatest fears. A great evil is being unleashed upon the gaslit streets of London, a blood-drenched shadow reaching skeletal fingers beyond the slums of Whitechapel.

Collecting human souls is a thankless job, nearly as tedious as acting as solicitor to the fae. But when the demon Forneus enters an opium den searching for men eager to trade their souls for the ill-smelling weed, he stumbles on a plot so devious, so heinous, he's jealous that he hadn't thought of it himself.



Cora Drummond is an agent for the Whitechapel Paranormal branch of the British police force. Her job is to monitor and gauge any paranormal threats to the Queen and country. When Forneus, the Grand Marquis of Hell, approaches her for help to capture demons that are doing evil bidding without the knowledge of their Lord and Master, Cora then realizes that major trouble is headed her way. Will the women of Whitechapel Society have enough power and skill to stop what evil lurks on the other side of their realm?

The author clearly depicts what life was like for women in the Victorian Era. Cora and her fellow agents of Whitechapel have been bullied by the men of the same division. Their male counterparts have made it very clear that they will neither see or treat them as equals. So during Cora's investigation, she and the other female agents are left to rely on each other. The world building for this series is pretty impressive. All the characters play a vital role within Whitechapel, to which each person has a paranormal skill unique to them. As Cora tries to maneuver through her city to solve this mystery of dead bodies and demon activity, I got a sense of what kind of woman Cora is. I appreciated the fact that Cora was written as a whole person and not some pathetic victim. She does have powers that she does not yet fully have a handle on, nor does she realize her full potential, but I'm sure that will come in time as the series moves on. **Please excuse my spelling, I have not read the book I listened to the audio version** I love the character Flan. She's a sassy, strong willed psychic/empath. I was happy that although Flan appeared to not like Cora much, she was still there when Cora needed someone, even when she didn't know she needed help.

The story and characters were engaging. The dynamic within Whitechapel was interesting enough to raise the hackles on the back of my neck. I want to hear more, especially if the male agents have some major karma kick them in the ass. I give the book 4 Fangs.

Narrator Review

Melanie's interpretation of Cora's character did not fit well. Cora has a good sense of who she is, but Melanie's tone gave a brass, matter of fact life to Cora that I don't agree with. I feel like Melanie did a good job with her British accent, but she didn't give Cora the life her character deserved with her voice. I also listened to Melanie in the sense of as a story teller. Her story telling skills are a bit monotone for my liking. During each scene, Melanie lacked the emotion in her voice. When we get excited or upset our voice goes up and when we are sad or down our voice gets low. We voice our emotions! That is why it's so funny to watch and hear a person talk about how excited they are when their face and voice are displaying the total opposite. You know what I'm talking about, right? Imagine talking to Grumpy Cat...
Anthony I feel did a fine job with Forneus and the demons. Anthony embraced the characters fully and his voice brought forth the correct emotions in me that should have been. Good job Anthony! Overall I am giving the narration 3 Fangs. The rating reflects both narrators combined.

RATED THEM 








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Sunday, February 16, 2020

GIVEAWAY: WIN A SIGNED COPY OF PASSION UNLEASHED

Patrol Log:  12902162020


Giveaway:  Win a signed copy of Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione




FORBIDDEN TEMPTATIONS

Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter-and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she's been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn't all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she's finally met the one man she cannot resist.

FATAL DESIRES

Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe-her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: He's falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.



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Monday, January 27, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE

Patrol Log:  12801272020



**Advanced Readers Copy**



RATED IT








Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o’ joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose.

Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, its strong cups of coffee—and a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff--an election her adorably meddlesome parents entered her in--and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of it's reminding Sunny why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that trouble at her daughter’s new school and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and Sunshine has her hands full.

Enter sexy almost-old-flame Levi Ravinder and a hunky US Marshall, both elevens on a scale of one to blazing inferno, and the normally savvy sheriff is quickly in over her head. Now it’s up to Sunshine to juggle a few good hunky men, a not-so-nice kidnapping miscreant, and Doug the ever-pesky flasher. And they said coming home would be drama-free.



Sunshine Vicram has worked hard at putting her past to rest, but when she wins the election in her home town of Del Sol, NM as the new Sheriff, her strength to face her past is put to the test. Can Sunshine continue to protect her daughter Auri from the truth and still win mother of the year?

The story begins with Sun and Auri preparing for their first day in Del Sol. Neither of them are new to the town, but this is Sun's first day back living in Del Sol with her daughter. See, after waking up from a coma due to a traumatic experience when she was 17-years-old , Sunshine split from Del Sol. Auri has a new high school and new people to friend, Sun has a new job as Sheriff and an angry Mayor to prove something to. On Sunshine's first day as sheriff, she is presented with a kidnapping of a teenage girl named Sybil St. Aubin. Sybil comes from a rich family with a lot of clout. Forest St. Aubin, Sybil's father brings in the Feds along with a very demanding Mayor to find his daughter, which the Mayor believes Sun is incapable of doing alone. The funny and mysterious part of this story is that Sunshine never entered the race for Sheriff. Her parents, Cyrus and Elaine Freyr are the duo that entered her without her knowledge and won the election for her! The story only gets more convoluted and insane as I read on, but more importantly I was hooked from chapter 1!



Sun's background is a little complicated and very sad. The story teller gives the reader just enough to make your mind reel wondering what the hell happened. As I was trying to piece the puzzle together the author distracted me with some pretty delicious men. Quincy Cooper, (Sun's BFF and Deputy) Levi Ravinder, (sexy love interest from her past and owner of a very well to do Distillery) as well as a Marshall, Federal Agent, and ex-Sheriff. With that being said, the story continues to take all kinds of twists and turns by adding another missing teen, an escaped fugitive and a seriously mean bitch that is fucking with Auri at school. So just when you think one crisis is adverted, another happens! I loved every minute of it!

The characters: Sunshine Vicram; she's smart, gorgeous and knows what she wants, a total bad ass. She was a bit closed off when it came to her traumatic past but she was very warm and loving to those who mattered to her the most. I really connected with Sun's character. Quincy Cooper; best friend to Sun since Kindergarten. Gorgeous, funny and totally loyal and loving to Sun and her family. He is family. They had a brother/sister relationship that was adorable and awesome to read about. Cyrus and Elaine Freyr; supportive and loving to their daughter and granddaughter, but sketchy as fuck! I'm still not sure what they are involved in or how, but I will find out! Exactly the kind of parents I wish I had! Levi Ravinder; oh Levi, I can't help but drool just typing his name. Levi is part of one fucked up clan! Him and his family have never been kind to anyone, including Sun. Despite that fact, Sun has day dreamed about him from a young age. Levi has been building his Distillery on his own, trying to break free from his organized crime family all the while carrying some kind of torch for Sun on the sly. So many questions arise with Levi's character that I am dying to read more about. Lieutenant Bo Britton; where the fuck is Bo?! Sun has been asking for him from day one and no one knows this guy?! The dialogue was great, such a great sense of humor, but also had it's serious tone when called for. The people in town were corky, but it fit Sun's life somehow. The sense of community of the people is just what Sun and Auri needed in their life. It was very heart warming. The only thing I have left to say is when is Book 2 coming out?








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