Magic Fire by Catherine Vale Review

Magic Fire: an Urban Fantasy Novel (Shifting Magic Book 1) by [Vale, Catherine]

Title- Magic Fire

Author- Catherine Vale

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon

They aren’t going to run. They’re going to kick some serious Warlock ass. 

Vicious gargoyle attacks aren’t exactly something Kaye Allister deals with every day, but it’s nothing she can’t handle. So, why is this possessive dragon shifter insisting that she needs to go on the run with him if she wants to stay alive?

Kaye’s a skilled fae with an arsenal of magic at her disposal. She doesn’t need some arrogant shifter’s protection, especially one that refuses to take no for an answer.

But what if she’s wrong? 

A murderous Warlock is on the rampage, and he will not give up. Evil is about to invade Kaye’s ordinary life, determined to bind her within its torturous grasp with monsters and mayhem around every corner.

The road to survival is marked with betrayal and deceit, some by the people she loves the most.

If she wants to survive, she must put her life in the hands of a cursed shifter—that is, if either of them make it through the night.

Kaye Allister is  a psychologist who lives her life day-to-day like the New Yorker, Only she isn’t your average city dweller no she is one bad ass magical fae being. A fae who is in need of some quality time off from the blaring sounds and light of he city she has built a life for herself in. Not for forever but a weekend in the secluded surroundings of the Appalachians with her fellow fae sisters sounds like Heaven.

Little did she know she would meet a shifter who would change her life and everything she knows. She has no idea what she is in for when she spends the night with Darius. She is pretty sure she will never see Darius again until he shows up outside her door insisting she is in danger and he needs to protect her.

The Sweet-

I found this book to be a great and unique mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. We have all you typical magic contenders such as fairies, witches and warlocks but we also see gargoyles and your not so typical shifters. The author manages to create a world that is both new and interesting but tried and true all at the same time- giving the paranormal lover more than enough to keep them invested in the book and lives of the characters,

The plot itself does start off a bit slow but that can be expected sometimes with the first book in a series as the author is building the world and characters and wants the reader to be fully immersed, but once the story picks up it really goes! You get all the action and romance you little heart yearns for and more.

Kaye the Faye (as Darius refers to own heroine) is not your typically skinny blonde and glittery fairy which honestly makes for her stand out to me. Not only is she fierce and curvy but intelligent being a psychologist. She does npt need some man to be her hero because she can stand on her own two feet but at the same time she isn’t perfect  and has her own kinks and this is what makes her the perfect heroine for this story.

I really enjoyed this installment and have already purchased and added the next two books to my every growing TBR.

Rating-  4.5 out of 5 cupcakes – I would recommend this to any one who enjoys a good urban fantasy book filled with action and makes you think.

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Canadian author Catherine Vale writes urban fantasy stories of magic and mayhem, and paranormal romance featuring girls with curves and guys with growl.

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Curse the Day by Annabel Chase Review

Curse the Day (Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Chase, Annabel]

Title- Curse the Day

Author- Annabel Chase

Genre- Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon

Welcome to Spellbound, where paranormal is the new normal.

The only magic Emma Hart believes in is caffeine and the power of the dryer to lose one sock per load. A public interest lawyer buried under a mound of student debt, Emma’s whole life has been one turn of bad luck after another.

Her streak seems to continue when she gets lost on the way to see a client in the remote Pocono Mountains. A chance encounter with a suicidal angel lands her in Spellbound, a town where supernaturals have been cursed to remain for centuries–probably not the best time for Emma to discover that she’s actually a witch.

Between the recent murder of the town’s public defender, a goblin accused of theft, remedial witch classes, and the attention of one smoking hot vampire, Emma struggles to navigate this unfamiliar terrain without losing her mind…or her life.

Curse the Day is the first book in the Spellbound paranormal cozy mystery series.

This is a full-length, humorous paranormal cozy mystery novel.

 

Emma Hart is running late for a meeting with a new client and seems to have lost her way. She may have taken a wrong turn some where and can’t seem to figure out where. She has some how found herself in the middle of no where, no sight of civilization to be seen. Well except for the hot man standing at a cliff preparing to end his life with one jump… or so Emma thinks.

As she desperately tries to get his attention and maybe save his life she is surprised to find that he isn’t falling to his death but flying. Yes, flying from the white wings that have suddenly appeared. In such shock from what she just witnessed Emma notices too late that he is now flying straight towards her!

Now she finds herself stuck in a town she has never heard of named Spellbond with no way out and the locals seem to have lost their minds. Either they have lost their minds for some reason that Emma can’t figure out she is being punked in some elaborate prank being played on her’.

The Sweet-

In my opinion I found this book to be the perfect start to this witchy cozy series. The start of this book lays a great foundation for the rest of the books ( that I have yet to read) in the series. The plot is quote entertaining and refreshing instantly hooking my attention – I mean who wouldn’t be hooked by a hot broody fallen angel and a magical town that is cursed?

Emma Hart is a snark filled, funny and quite clever main character/ narrator and I really enjoyed reading from her point of view. She lands herself in a magical town that she can’t escape but instead of wallowing in öh woe is mes” she attacks life as the new Spellbond resident and public defender! Talk about bad ass!

The author weaves a magical story filled with Vampires Fairies and Witches oh my! Throw in some mystery and snark and you have the perfect paranormal cozy that is not just well written but filled with fun and snark.

Rating- 5 out 5 cupcakes- I would strongly recommend this to any one who loves a good paranormal read with snark and humor!

Annabel Chase is the author of paranormal cozy mysteries. She would love to live in a magical town like Spellbound where she can shop at Ready-to-Were for the perfect outfit, flirt with hot angels and vampires, and buy groceries without exerting any effort. Visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Annabel-Chase-1759782881016544/

New Orleans Magic: Urban Fantasy Series (The Voodoo Dolls Book 1)

New Orleans Magic: Urban Fantasy Series (The Voodoo Dolls Book 1) by [Hendricks, J.L.]

Title- New Orleans Magic

Author- J.L. Hendricks

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon

The Pussycat Dolls meet Urban Fantasy!

Jenna is the lead singer of the Voodoo Dolls, an indie-rock band that also runs a tourist shop in New Orlean’s French Quarter.

They always believed that magic wasn’t real, and their gimmicks were harmless. Until a vampire tried to use a death spell on Jenna and the whole world of magic and shifters opened up to her and her three adopted sisters.

Now two old friends from high school have appeared on their doorstep, desperate to find their lost sister. The Dolls aren’t private investigators, but with the questionable help of a shady vampire, and a wolf shifter that has more than just a little allure, the Dolls risk their lives, and necks, to save the missing triplet and prove to themselves that the world they now live in is a force for good.

If a bit of snark in your Urban Fantasy is what you love, then be prepared to fall in love with The Voodoo Dolls!

The Voo Doo Dolls is a rock group made up of 4 adopted siblings who happen to also own their own voodoo shop in New Orleans French Quarter. They once thought that the wares that they sold in their shop were just make believe, well because magic and things that go bump in the night don’t exist… Right?

Wrong! They find out just how wrong they are when a Vampire tries to kill one of the sisters, Jenna with a death curse, who is then saved by a werewolf named Rico. That’s when the sisters are thrown into the chaos that is the paranormal world of New Orleans.

The Sweet-

I loved that this story revolves around a group of gorgeous bad ass rocking woman! The Voo Doo Dolls are sort of what you would get if you Josie and the pussy cats and Buffy the Vampire Slayer had babies and I LOVED THAT! I also really enjoyed how the author is able to create each individual sister as their own being with unique characteristics. Making each Voo Doo Doll that much more realistic.

The author has also succeeded in making my crush on New Orleans that much stronger! I hope to someday visit the French Quarter and love reading about it in books and the author is able to make my yearning to visit the magical place that is New Orleans multiple! It is clear that the author has either walked the streets of New Orleans or has done some serious research!

The plot of the story itself is quite good- Not too over dramatic yet has enough spunk and action that keeps the reader very engaged and invested. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed delving deeper in the magical world the author creates.

When I first purchased this book I thought it would be a witchy read as I do enjoy my witchy reads but was not disappointed when it came to the paranormal and magical aspects of the story!

The Sour-

At times the amount of POV’s and the speed or intervals of the change of POV’s was a bit confusing. I would sometimes has to re-read a paragraph or sometimes even a whole page, not knowing whose POV I was currently reading in. That can be very disheartening when reading a new book by a new to you author, however i like the story so much I just dealt with it but I do wish that the POV’s had been kept to either 3rd person of to many 2-3 characters.

Rating – 4 out of 5 cupcakes- This is a great read for fans of Urban Fantasy that feature strong women and magic!

J.L. Hendricks is a USA Today Bestselling Author who enjoys many genres, as evidenced by her catalog of available books. She is currently focused on Scifi and Urban Fantasy, but has also written Paranormal and Christmas books.

Her latest series is an Urban Fantasy with her Voodoo Dolls Series, and then back to her Worlds Away series!

She is very proud to have served in the US Army before she went to college. Early 2016 she decided to finally write, and finish a book, because of a few friends who encouraged her to do so. She hopes her stories entertain you and can bring a laugh on occasion.

Actually, it was her roommate’s cat who talked her into staying at home to be her minion all day long! Pyper truly believes that J.L. is here to serve her alone.

Come and chat with J.L. on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JLHendricksAuthor/

 

Conjuring Quantico by T.S. Paul Review

Conjuring Quantico (The Federal Witch Book 1) by [Paul, T S]

Title- Conjuring Quantico

Author- T.S. Paul

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon

How do you cope with magic that goes its own way?

As a second year FBI academy witch, Agatha Blackmore has a certain reputation. After nearly blowing up the school, an untended mid-air incident involving the FBI Director, and declaring war with the US Marines, she has to wonder if she will even see graduation.

But when a rash of mysterious disappearances catches the attention of local authorities Agatha finds herself asked to lend a hand to the investigation. Determined to offer protection where it is needed the most, Agatha and her quirky roommate Cat along with her mini- unicorn familiar Fergus, attempt to unravel the mysteries of the four distinctly magical disappearances before time runs out.

Does Agatha have what it takes to be an agent? Or will everyone that crosses her end up eating chicken feed for the rest of their lives?

Conjuring Quantico is the first book in a brand new Urban Fantasy by T. S. Paul.
As a direct sequel to Born a Witch… Drafted by the FBI, T. S. Paul returns with the first book of the Federal Witch Series!

Agatha Blackmore s a young witch whose magic has its hiccups. Her magical hiccups can be very dangerous to anything living within 500 feet of her when she is casting. Unfortunately due to rumors started by her family Agatha has been unable to receive training in order to learn how to fix her magical issues.So when the FBI came knocking on her door the council and her grandmother agreed to let Agatha train to work for the FBI only if they also providing magical training as well and that is how Agatha finds herself in her second year of FBI training at Quantico.

The Sweet-

Okay if you know me at all you know I am OBSESSED with unicorns and the fact that Agatha’s familiar is a fowl mouthed tiny unicorn named Fergus literally made my heart so happy while reading this book. On another note the writer manages to make the story both funny and bad ass at the same time. To me this is pretty hard to achieve especially when writing urban fantasy and being a male author writing in a young NA aged female character. Mr Paul succeeds in getting in touch with his inner bad ass woman.  Add the fact that he must have had to do some serious research when writing  about FBI tactics and protocols.

I found the story itself to be quite engaging, more so then I thought it would be when starting this book. We as readers get to watch Agatha and her friends go from awkward probies to respectable agents in training in a world that still misunderstands the paranormal world that has existed for far longer than the humans chose to believe.

The plot is very original and unique as well I have never read anything like it before and I have read just about any witchy book I can get a hold of. All it all with out posting any spoilers I enjoyed the first book in a series that is sure to please my unicorn loving badass witch craving heart, The first book sets the series to be amazing.

The Sour-

While I really enjoyed reading this book in my opinion it needs to be combed over again by an editor and proof reader. There were more than one or two errors that normally i would over look. At times the errors made it confusing to read and know whose point of view we were reading from which would ruin the flow of the book for me. Not to take anything away from the authors writing but the book needs to be edited again.

Rating- 4 out of 5 cupcakes I would strongly recommend this to anyone who loves a good witchy read with a kick ass heroine! Also it doesn’t hurt if you love unicorns! 

I was born in 1968 in Mineral Wells, Tx. I have lived all across the country:Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Alaska, and finally Missouri. I have worked as a Disc Jockey, Bookstore manager, Cook, and bowling alley attendant. I have a Telecommunication degree and a Culinary degree. I was a history major before I discovered multimedia. Gardening and cooking is my passion. My wife and I live outside of St Louis, Missouri. I have always been a Huge fan of Science Fiction and fantasy I bring my love of the genre to my writing. I’m a first time writer.

 

 

 

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells by Rose Pressey Review and Recipe

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells: A Magic Baking Cozy Mystery (Mystic Cafe Series Book 1) by [Pressey, Rose]

Title- No Shoes, No Spells, No Service

Author- Rose Pressey

Genre- Cozy Mystery/ Paranormal Romance

Purchase Links- Amazon

Elly Blair welcomes the chance to escape her ex-fiance and job from hell when Grandma Imelda, ready to retire to sunny Florida, calls for her to take over her little southern cafe.

Elly has no idea her grandmother has baked up magic for the unsuspecting townsfolk for thirty years-and now Grandma Imelda insists that Elly use her own hitherto unsuspected magical powers to carry on the family tradition.

But Elly’s new at this stuff. Her dishes don’t turn out as full of smidgens of enchantment and dashes of wishes come true as she’d hoped. When handsome customer Rory Covington takes a bite of the wrong burger, he ends up capturing the attention of every woman in town. Elly doesn’t know if her feelings for Rory are true or based on her magic gone awry.

Tom Owenton is an investigator the National Organization for Magic sent to look into the magical mishap. Unless Elly can reverse the spell, the cafe will be closed permanently. Tom is more than willing to help Elly out of this magical pickle, but she’s not sure she should accept his offer.

Elly only has forty-eight hours to find a way to reverse the spell, or she’ll lose the cafe and never discover if her feelings for Rory are real.

Elly Blaire has always thought that her Grandmother Imelda’s Diner was special. Something about the food has always seemed magical. So when her Grandmother announces she is retiring to sunny Florida and has decided to leave The Mystic Cafe to Elly. Elly is one – surprised as she  could never cook like her grandmother and two- terrified she will burn the place down!

The Sweet-

I have really enjoyed  the books I have read by this author and was so excited to get into No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells and I was not disappointed!For me a good cozy has the following ingredients Snark, Good Food, Magic and Romance and Pressey  jam packs this book full of those tasty ingredients! Every page just makes the reader want to dive in deeper.till they reach the end and then you are left wanting more.

Elly is the perfect cozy witch- she is smart, sassy and clumsy in all the right ways! We watch her grow from someone trying to forget her time in New York and past mistakes to some one who is willing to stand up and fix her mistakes! Plus she can bake a mean pie so yes I may have a little bit of a girl crush on her!

The author finds a way to create a cozy and small town feel that makes you feel all warm and cozy and then she adds magic and things get exciting! I loved reading about Elly and her best friend Mary Jane’s and the many hi-jinx throughout the book.that they are responsible for.

Pressey develops each and every character seamlessly and integrate them into the story without fail. The author’s writing style makes for a wonderful cozy with a paranormal twist!

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes

I would recommend this to any one who enjoys a light heart paranormal cozy that will make you laugh and giggle like a school girl!

At one point in the book Elly makes a delicious Cherry Pie and I was left craving it! I was at work at the time (shhhh don’t tell my boss!) and wanted to make a drink inspired by this craving of mines. So I threw the ingredients in a blender and could not be happier with the result!

Spiked Cherry Pie Milkshake

Makes 3 small milkshakes

Ingredients needed

You will also need a blender

  • Jar of maraschino cherries (just the juice) about 4 ounces
  • Pint of Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Amaretto- 6 ounces
  • Grand Marnier- 6 ounces
  • Graham Crackers and Whipped Cream for Garnish

Directions

  1. In your blender pulse Ice Cream and Cherry juice till smooth
  2. While pulsing add Amaretto and Grand Marnier
  3. This is optional- I also added some crushed Graham Crackers into the blender to give milkshake some body and taste
  4. Rim your glass with crush graham crackers before pouring yummy milkshake in!
  5. Garnish with whipped cream, graham crackers and a cherry!

Rose Pressey is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas.

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Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson Review

Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic Book 1) by [Olson, Melissa F.]

Title- Boundary Crossed

Author- Melissa F. Olson

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon

After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.

She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.

Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears…

Allison “Lex” Luther is living the life the best she can. Life has not been easy on Lex- she has not only lost her best friend, her twin sister Samantha but she lost her in a terrible way. Samantha’s body has yet to be found and Lex has vowed to someday find her, Along with the terrible emptiness left behind by Samantha’s disappearance, Lex is also an army vet and is battling PTSD. So she isn’t really living her life to the fullest but she is living the best way she knows how to, an attempt at a boring life with a boring dead-end job.

That is until one night while helping a couple find diapers she realizes that the baby that they are searching for diapers for is her niece Charlotte. With that realization she demands that the strange couple hand over the sleeping baby Charlotte to her at once. That’s when all hell breaks loose and things for Lex get very messy very quickly and she is thrust back into the battle fields a whole new world in order to protect her niece.

The Sweet-

The author creates a very realistic world, her characters are well-developed and concrete. Each one having a very distinct mark on the story as it progresses be it big or tiny. There are no filler characters that are often found in stories just to create content.

Lex being  a war hero suffering from PTSD also made the story that much more real for me. The struggles of every day life take a toll on her before finding out she is a boundary witch and all the stories of the paranormal world are true. We watch as her new-found magic somehow helps fix the fissures and cracks that both war and losing her twin sister have created.

The story itself is well written and full of action and heart. The author artfully places all of the twist and turns at the right moments making this story well-rounded and action packed. A page turner for sure!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fresh take on Urban Fantasy and any fans of a kick ass perfectly imperfect witch!

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes!

Melissa Olson studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After a brief stint in the Hollywood studio system, Melissa proved too broke for LA and moved to Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, two kids, and three comically oversized dogs, and two chinchillas, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. (Literally. There are dreams.)

As of 2017, Melissa has published seven novels in her Old World series for 47North, and will release a second novella for Tor.com in October. Her journalism and academic work has been published in The International Journal of Comic Art, The La Crosse Tribune, U-Wire, Women on Writing.com, and the compilation Images of the Modern Vampire, and a few other places. She spends most of her non-writing professional time traveling around to conventions and conferences, though she is still somewhat fuzzy on the difference between the two. Melissa speaks about issues related to genre, feminism, writing, and parenting.

 

Alice in Murderland by Samantha Silver Review

Alice in Murderland (A Paranormal Cozy Mystery) (Magical Bookshop Mystery Book 1) by [Silver, Samantha]

Title- Alice in Murderland

Author- Samantha Silver

Genre- Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon

Moving from Miami to small-town Oregon was supposed to be boring…

When Alice Calliope takes over her recently deceased aunt’s bookshop in Sapphire Village, Oregon, she’s not expecting her world to be flipped upside down, but that’s exactly what happens when her cousin Cat reveals to Alice that she’s actually a witch. Add in the fact that the two of them stumble upon a dead body, and Alice’s first day in town ends up being a lot more eventful than she could have possibly imagined!

What was supposed to be a simple cross-country move winds up with Alice having to learn how to navigate a whole new magical world while at the same time trying to clear Cat’s name as she emerges as the main suspect in the murder. Add in the eccentric Grandma Cee, witchcraft lessons, a whiny old ghost and the laziest cat ever, and Alice definitely has her hands full.

With pressure mounting for the super-hot local sheriff to arrest her cousin, will Alice be able to hunt down the real killer before it’s too late?

Alice likes her life in Miami, her friends and the city. She doesn’t think she could belong anywhere else, but when she inherits a book store from a deceased Aunt she never knew she had Alice has no idea the ride she is in for!

The Sweet- I really enjoyed this witchy cozy mystery! I appreciate that the author made the story a bit more realistic when it came to Alice’s Reaction to being a witch- I dislike when a character just accepts the fact that magic is real. Alice took it like any sane woman would and ran for the hills or well the trees!

The author is able to create both a cozy environment and a magic world that reader would love to spend some time in. The story and characters engage the reader and makes you feel really invested  in the fate of both the characters and the town.

The Sour- At times the story dragged just a bit me slowing the pace of the entire book. You get into a pace and then the author slows it and it can be a bit frustrating.

Rating- 4 out of 5 cupcakes!- I would recommend this book to any one looking for a great witchy read in a magical and cozy setting!

Samantha Silver lives in Oregon with her long-time boyfriend, her Jack Russell Terrier named Kilo, two cats who like to help her type by lying across the keyboard and the occasional foster. When she’s not playing mom to all these animals, Samantha is either writing the mysteries she loves, volunteering at the local animal shelter, or watching Netflix.