Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Review ~ Shaman Rises

Shaman Rises (Walker Papers #9)
by C.E. Murphy
published by Harlequin Luna
Genre: Adult, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, 

**Received egalley from publisher and netgalley in exchange for my honest opinions.

Summary (Goodreads): Joanne Walker has two choices:

Defeat the enemy…or lose her soul trying

For over a year, Joanne has been fighting the Master—the world's most abiding evil entity. She's sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away…and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne's beloved Seattle.

Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne's final transformation into her full Shamanic abilities come to her doorstep. Before the end, she'll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the hope of the world's survival. She'll be a warrior and a healer. Because she is finally a Shaman Rising.

My Thoughts: I did my usual procrastination on reading this, being the last book of the series. I'm still not sure how I feel about it after finishing. I enjoyed the book and was mostly happy with where everything ended up but there was still a feeling of something being off.
The main thing that threw me off was a death of a character. It wasn't something that happened in the middle of battle or at any time that would makes sense. We don't even see it happen.  Joanne turns around and looks and this person is dead. It comes up in another twist later in the story but still just felt like it was more for shock value than furthering the story in any way.
There was also too much going on at times. Trying to fit in every character that ever appeared in the series took up time that could have been more focused on Joanne's and the Master's stories. I wanted more of Joanne and Morrison, more of Morrison, more depth to the characters that we have come to love over the course of this series. Instead we have one epic battle after another. This isn't always a bad thing. There was plenty of action but not a lot of connection. When you thought they were done there was another tragedy happening that Joanne had to run off to fix.
This all sounds like I should have hated this book but I didn't. I still really enjoyed reading it just wanted more since it was the last time we were going to be with this group as it is. I'm happy for those that got their HEAs just wish it hadn't felt so rushed and chaotic.

Rating: 4

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

This Week's Reads

~Only two this week. Still catching up on some books from previous weeks.

Alistair Grim's Odditorium by Gregory Funaro
Odditorium #1 (Goodreads)
**I actually saw the second book in this series first and loved the cover. It's design is like this one but in mostly teals. I have better luck with MG books when I pick them up based on the cover first.
A 12 yr old chimney sweep becomes apprentice to Grim at the Odditorium which is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew.

Age of Myth by Michael J Sullivan
The Legends of the First Empire #1 (Goodreads)
**Received this from the publisher and netgalley.
I've not read anything from this author but have been wanting to. Saw this on netgalley and decided to request it. It takes place long before his Riyria series but does not rely on or spoil anything of that series.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 05/23/2016

A Blade of Black Steel by Alex Marshall (#2 The Crimson Empire)
A Daughter's Dream by Shelley Shepard Gray (#2 Charmed Amish Life)
Anarchy by Jaymin Eve (#2 The Hive)
Armored Attraction by Janie Crouch (#3 Omega Sector: Critical Response)
Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure by Nancy Atherton (#21 Aunt Dimity)
Charged by Jay Crownover (#2 Saints of Denver)
Cowboy All Night by Vicki Lewis Thompson (#5 Thunder Mountain Brotherhood)
Deep Dark by Laura Griffin (#10 Tracers)
Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb by Lexi George (#4 Demon Hunter)
Discovering You by Brenda Novak (#10 Whiskey Creek)
Easy For Keeps by Kristen Proby (#4.5 Boudreaux)
Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin (#2 Stranje House)
For 100 Days by Lara Adrian (#1 A 100 Series)
Ghosts of Karnak by George Mann (The Ghost #3)
Glass Ceilings by A. M. Madden (#2 True Heroes)
Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham (#18 Krewe of Hunters)
Incriminated by M G Reyes (#2 Emancipated)
Lorn by Laurann Dohner (#3 VLG Series)
Make Me Forever by Beth Kery (#8 Make Me)
Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz (#2 Descendants)
The Hunt by Megan Shepherd (#2 Cage)
The Lost Compass by Joel Ross (#2 The Fog Diver)
The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu edited by Paula Guran
The Shark by Mary Burton (#1 Forgotten Files)
The Sorcerer's Daughter by Terry Brooks (#3 Defenders of Shannara)
Until June by Aurora Rose Reynolds (#2 Until Her)
Walk by Cora Brent (#6 Gentry Boys)
Wicked and Wilde by Jenn Stark (#4 Immortal Vegas)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Influenster #SuperMomVoxBox Product Reviews

I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Super Mom VoxBox from Influenster (website/referral link). Everything included is something that someone in the house will use.  Besides the products there is a coupon for a free Daisy sour cream. We have used this brand before and liked the squeeze bottle for some things but not others.

**All products were complimentary for review purposes and did not influence my opinions. 

Suave Kids Purely Fun: Son used this. Worked well on his hair he doesn't usually use conditioner so there was a difference from that. He did get some in his eyes and said that it still stung but only a little and stopped very quickly.
Suave Coconut Oil Repair: I only used a little of this but I liked what it did for my hair. During the summer my hair gets oily easily so wanted to use sparingly. My hair had a nice shine to it and it kept all the flyaways under control. I also really loved the smell.
Secret Outlast: This is the type of deodorant I use daily. I've tried other types and always end up coming back to Secret. I like the way it feels (non sticky) and it lasts throughout the day with me feeling like it has to be reapplied.
Palmolive Fusion Clean: Our house is older and does not have a dishwasher so this is another thing that we use daily. This is a baking soda and lime combo. It started making suds as soon as the water hit it and I liked the fact that they stayed until I was done with all the dishes. It also worked well in removing any dried food that hadn't been rinsed off. 
Plackers Flossers: Kids Flossers with a fruit smoothie flavoring. My son thought they were easy to use but said there was no flavor to them.
Pilot Acroball pens: We received one each of the PureWhite and Colors (Pink). I liked these pens. Favorite thing was the cushioned grip. It is definitely more comfortable to hold while filling out paperwork. Our son loves writing and drawing things out on paper and will probably get more use out these. He's not crazy about pink (the only color he dislikes) but will still use it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This Week's Reads

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
The Trials of Apollo #1 (Goodreads)
**One of my favorite middle grade/ mythology authors. Apollo has never been one of my favorites, no matter which author was writing him. Still looking forward to reading this one.

Lumiere by Jacqueline E Garlick
The Illumination Paradox #1 (Goodreads)
**Another book on my netgalley dashboard. I started this at one time and really liked it but put it down. Hoping its still enjoyable and I can stick through til the end.

The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood
The Evertide #1 (Goodreads)
**Picked up purely on the cover, brought home on the description. There's just something about the yin yang made out of light and dark dragons that I really like.