Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2)Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this series but I have an idea now after reading this second book by Nora Roberts. Three cousins – three romances – three books. I’ve noted this theme in other book reviews and here it is again, with a bit of a twist, witches.

Our sextet takes another swing at the dark evil hounding them, this time from a man’s point of view. Two life long friends discover their friendship is much more than either thought, and with their newly laid plans to end the terror of an ancient sorcerer everything is in place.

Except there is a third book in this series. It’s not over yet.

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Pegasus by Danielle Steel

PegasusPegasus by Danielle Steel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t read a lot of Danielle Steel but I like that her novels, while romantic in nature, don’t specifically focus on the romantic elements of her storylines. They more so tell a story that encompasses many lives and generations, eventually completing a circle that she started at the beginning.

I also was deeply interested in the horses of this novel. Lipizzaner. As someone who has grown up with horses I love that this element was weaved into the lives who’s stories unfold here. While some of it is not entirely realistic, I respect that it was used to prove how important the horses were to the lives of the characters.

I have other books by her, maybe I need to read a few more of them.

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Meet Me at the Library

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Two at a time seems to be the magic number for me to check out from my local library. So when I was done with the last two books from the library I checked out two more, one, the second in a series from James Patterson,  the other a book about horses and family from Danielle Steel.

2nd Chance by James Patterson

The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there’s some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women’s Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues.

Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. The victims were of different ages, lived in different locations, and were killed with different weapons. But each had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay’s heart.

The partners in the Women’s Murder Club realize that this killer is after something unspeakable, something deeper than revenge, and that the next target could be one of them. They deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can’t be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.’

Pegasus by Danielle Steel

This is a story of courage, friendship, and fate as two families face the challenges of war… and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever.

Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children — Nick’s two lively boys and Alex’s adored teenage daughter — in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless.

But it is Nicolas’s bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick’s mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent.

Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex’s prize white stallion — now named Pegasus — the centerpiece of the show.

Pegasus tells the story of a family reinventing itself in America, while the country they left behind is engulfed in flames and madness, and men like Alex von Hemmerle are forced to make unbearable choices. Alex’s daughter will find sanctuary in England. In America, Nick will find love, his sons will find a future, and their left-behind world will eventually find them. A novel of hope and sacrifice, of tragedy, challenge, and rebirth, It is a brilliant family chronicle that unfolds across half a century—a masterwork from one of our most beloved writers.

 

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #1)Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a book and a series recommended to me by my godmother. I’ve read Nora Roberts before, but never anything like this. Never about witches. The story takes place across generations, ending with the return of one to the homeland, Ireland.

This is a series about 3 cousins, each with their own book, and their own path to romance. The overall plot is a typical good versus evil story. Even with this fairly common storyline, I enjoyed the writing, the animals, the witchcraft, the magick, and even the setting.

I have the rest of this series and will be reading them.

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Dollar Tree Book Reviews – Part One

I’ve bought quite a few books from the Dollar Tree in my time here on this blog, and I think the time has come to do a collective review on some of them. So, without further ado here is a video of my talking about some books from the Dollar Tree!

 

The books I cover in this video are:

 

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With Open Arms by Nora Roberts

With Open Arms: Song of the West / Her Mother's KeeperWith Open Arms: Song of the West / Her Mother’s Keeper by Nora Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a set of two short stories: Song of the West and Her Mother’s Keeper, collectively called With Open Arms.

I willingly admit that I liked Song of the West more than Her Mother’s Keeper. I have a couple reasons for this. One, I was raised on a farm, rode horses, and worked around cattle most of my life. I identified with the characters and the setting. The story was believable, I liked it.

Her Mother’s Keeper… well I couldn’t get into it like I did with Song of the West. One of the main characters is a writer, and as a writer, I liked him. But her…she was a terrible daughter. The main premise (spoilers!) is that the man lets her believe that he is involved with her mother, yet she has no willpower to stop kissing him even though she believes he’s with her mother. Yeah. Couldn’t wrap my head around that one.

Anyway, I liked Song of the West, wasn’t impressed with Her Mother’s Keeper. I received this book from a co-worker as a gift, otherwise I’m not sure I would have gone out and purchased it on my own.

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Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins, #1)Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was interesting to see another person’s take on witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires, demons, fairies and pixies. However…

I will forever and always get stuck on the “everyone want’s to have to sex with the heroine” gimmick and this book has it. I’m almost willing to forgive the author for this because 1) there is a plot point for her doing this and 2) she hints at there being another reason that isn’t fully explained in this book.

Anyway, I’ll run off the “another book” I mentioned. This is the first book in a series of books. The book ends at what is a good point plot wise, but sort of feels a bit anti-climatic…like the book should have had a better ending? I’m not sure how to put it into words. Our heroine feels better about her abilities, but the ending is very abrupt, or at least it seemed so to me. Yes, that was what I was trying to communicate.

You also get a chapter from another first book in a series at the end. I generally like fantasy books, but I also don’t like the “everyone sleep with the heroine” tactic either…

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