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Monday, April 3, 2017

Book Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen
(Mercy Thompson - Book #10)
by Patricia Briggs
Hardcover, 365 Pages
ISBN-10: 042581272
Source: Papercopy - Own

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Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...


Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

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Mercy Mercy Mercy ..... What did you get yourself into now?

A simple trip to the corner store for chocolate chips, seems easy right. Not for Mercy. Trouble finds this little coyote shifter wherever she goes. 
he is kidnapped by a very powerful vampire, why is the question basically because he can. Trying to prove that Adam cannot protect the Tri-Cities. To me this was a lame plot and I absolutely love this series. Putting the plot aside. Mercy finds herself alone, her magic blocked by witchcraft, and her mate and pack bonds severed. She is naked and scared. But Mercy always finds a way.

She escapes for the Vampire only to be on a hunt to find allies, oh yeah and she is in Europe. What the heck Europe that is a long way from home little coyote.

She is in coyote form since a naked woman might draw attention running down the streets of Prague. With no money, no bonds, no clothes, and no way to communicate Mercy must steal to survive.

She finds herself confronting and seeking sanctuary from the scary Alpha Wolf who has a problem with Bran (sort-a kind-a Mercy's sorta step-dad). Prague is filled with Ghosts and this actually helps Mercy get the sanctuary she seeks. Before she can reach her destination and safehouse her and her werewolf bodyguards are attacked by another Vampire Seethe. 

Adam is on the way to rescue his wife and confront the Lord of Night and the one responsible for Mercy's disappearance. Kidnapped a second time by the other Vampire Seethe she is trapped. No way out so she can only do what she must to survive and find her way back to Adam. 

She calls upon the dead and reincarnates a GOLEM. It is wrong in so many ways from asking the dead for help to reincarnating the Golem that can and will destroy the world if given the chance. But Mercy is out of options.

Again we see Adam being a bad-ass to a point but in this story he is more political and subdued. I like it when he just is sweet with Mercy and rips everyone else to shreds to be honest. This story had some action but I did find myself wanting more and I did have a little trouble following along. Again that entire COYOTE (dad) thing always throws me off. There is a little TWIST at the very end and we see that Bran does still care and love Mercy even though he abandoned her twice. 

That little coyote gets into so much trouble. Good thing she is always pretty good at getting out of it. And it helps to be married to an Alpha Werewolf who is a badass.


Rating: 3 1/2 stars 




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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review: Broken Blood by heather Hildenbrand

Broken Blood
(Dirty Blood - Book $5)
by Heather Hildenbrand
Kindle Edition, 367 Pages
ASIN: B00UE3NE2Y
Source: Ebook - Own

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I thought watching my Werewolf boyfriend get arrested for murder was the worst experience of my life. But then I was knocked out and dragged off to a cell of my own by the very people who were supposed to protect me from danger.

I thought being held prisoner in solitary confinement for weeks on end was the worst experience of my life. But then a visitor came, and I realized I’d been wrong all along. There are worse things than torture and death. Much worse.

He wants my blood. More than that, he wants to get into my head. To use my bond to control his army, to wipe the world clean of anything with dirty blood. I can’t let that happen, but if I don’t he’ll kill every single person I’ve ever cared about — beginning with my Werewolf pack.

The prophecy said I would have to make an impossible choice, but I must be doing this wrong — so far every choice I’ve made has only led to more pain and danger and death. Hunters are pitted against Werewolves and I’m alone in my war against Gordon Steppe. I can’t fight him off anymore; all I can do is try to keep him out of the important places. And I’m failing at even that.

I thought the demons were out there, clearly marked and clinging to the shadows. But they’re not. The monsters are within the ranks of those sworn to protect. The enemy is among us.
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We left off in book 4 where Gordon Steppe wants Tara for questioning and the hybrids are scrambling for survival.

Everyone with fur or associated with anyone with FUR is on the run from CHAS. They want to kill anyone not on their side.

Tara gets questioned (that’s what we are going to call it). Tara is imprisoned and Steppe wants her ALPHA power. Most of the hybrids have been killed. Her friends are MIA. Tara is unsure how to get out of this mess.

Alex is awake but Tara is not sure what is going on or even what day it is.

Last Tara knew Wes was being arrested and people were being harmed.

Gordon want Tara to bond with him so he can control his army. He wants to eradicate all werewolves and hybrids “Dirty Bloods”. Tara knows the prophecy said she has to make a choice but is this the choice to make. Letting Gordon in her head will be the hardest thing she has ever done. Tara is not sure she can keep him out of her thoughts and still protect her loved ones.

CHAS is dirty and they have to be stopped the question is how do you stop a POWERFUL man like Gordon Steppe when you and everyone you love has been made out to look like the bad guys. How do you show the world the truth when there is no proof? How to you overthrow a man who controls and makes the rules? Tara will have to figure this out in order to bet Gordon Steppe and protect her family, friends and the world from Steppe’s power.

This is a good ending to the series. When you finish the book you feel an accomplishment and closer.

***SPOIL ALERT***

Tara escapes and teams up with her friends and family. They take Gordon out of power and a secret is uncovered about Cord that will change the destiny, power, and leadership of CHAS. The leaders of The Cause will be passed on to the younger generation and Tara’s CHOICE is made. A peace treaty is offered to any and all how wish to join regardless of werewolf, hunter or hybrid. Everyone has a choice and it is not forced.

Rating 3 ½ stars



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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Review: Blood Rule by Heather Hildenbrand

Blood Rule
(Dirty Blood - Book #4)
by Heather Hildenbrand
Kindle Edition, 204 Pages
ASIN: B00ECL1OZS
Source: Ebook - Own


Forty-six.

That’s how many hybrids survived the Hunter attack in the woods after I revived them with an injection of my blood. That’s how many followed me home to Frederick Falls. And that’s how many were now mentally linked to me through a blood bond.

Two days. Three valium. Fourteen hours of sleep.

That’s what it took to realize I wasn’t losing my mind as a result of the noise in my own head.

Sixteen.

That’s how many days have passed since I almost killed Alex. That’s how many days I’ve sat by his bedside, waiting for him to wake up. To ease the guilt, to understand his betrayal, to remember the exact shade of brown in his eyes.

Zero.

That’s my chances of skating by with Gordon Steppe and the Hunter Council. They want me for questioning. I’m afraid what’ll happen if I give them answers.

Blood Rule is book 4 in the bestselling Dirty Blood series.



We left off in book 3 were Tara finds out about Miles plan. HYBRIDS

She finds Astor to help with George and find a cure and/or save his life in some way. Miles told her that her blood was the key to saving him. But since Miles was crazy she is hesitant to believe him and risk George’s life.

Once Tara figures out that her blood holds a lot of power and secrets she has to make some sacrifices for the Hybrids. The blood bond threatens to overwhelm Tara and she needs to figure out how to dial it up or down, some kind of control. She is linked to all of them. She felt the pain and loss of all the hybrids killed in the Hunter attack lead by Alex and Kane.

After biting Alex he is now in a coma fighting for his life. Now Tara must wait to find the answers to his betrayal and to ease her guilt of almost killing a close and trusted friend.

Gordon Steppe (Head of CHAS) is on a WOLF HUNT. He wants them all dead and now has the evidence to eradicate all werewolves from existence. Anyone not with them is fair game. Even if they have done no harm.

He wants Tara for “questioning” she knows she will never leave breathing and now THE CAUSE members and anything with fur is in danger. They must run for survival. From everything and everyone. No one outside of The Cause can be trusted. And you must remember everything is a trap.

This story leaves you with another cliffhanger and you want to dive right into Book #5. It leaves you with questions. What is going on with Alex? How will Alex play into the next part of the story? Will Tara and him share a blood bond? Will this particular part of the bond bother Wes? Can Tara save her pack from Gordon? Can Gordon be stopped? Can Wes’s name be cleared? Which side will win in the end and how many lives will be lost with that win?

Rating: 4 Stars



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: Blood Bond by Heather Hildenbrand

Blood Bond
(Dirty Blook - Book #3)
by Heather Hildenbrand
Kindle Edition, 347 Pages
ASIN: B00942QCN4
Source: Ebook - Own

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Hybrids.

If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it.
Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality “hunt or be hunted.” CHAS wouldn’t be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out.

Then again, without hybrids, I wouldn’t have Wesley St. John.
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We left off where Tara returned home from Woodpoint Academy. Still unsure what Miles plan was or what action will happen because of his experiment.

We find out that Mile’s is correct about Tara’s blood being the key to saving George.

More hybrids are sent after Tara and her friends. The one in charge needs to be found in order to stop them. When Tara’s friends lives are at stake she has to make an important decision in order to keep everyone safe only Cord and her might not survive.

More hybrids are discovered and CHAS is on a rampage to kill all hybrids at any cost. Alex is a double agent working the system to find the right path. The question is will he take the right path and will it lead to victory or destruction for Tara and THE CAUSE.

This is a good continuation for the series. In the end it will link everyone together and THE CAUSE should grow in strength, Tara becomes stronger and more aware of her wolf and the changes that she must make. Tara also knows the sacrifice of her actions. We are still left with questions for CHAS and what is happening in the organization. 

Rating: 3 1/2 STARS 




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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Product Review: Silk 18 Conditioner


Maple Holistics Silk18 Natural Hair Conditioner

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Description: 

Years of research have been dedicated to formulating a blend of conditioning agents which can maximize smooth hairness, have no potentially harmful additives, and be effective for all hair types. Silk18 Conditioner is the end result – an all-in-one conditioner which contains a perfectly balanced synergy of nature’s most efficient conditioning ingredients to maximize moisture retention capacity for silky, flowing hair.

Formula & Benefits:
Silk Amino Acids: Eighteen naturally-derived (literally extracted during the silkworms process of creating silk) silk amino acids prompts an assortment of hair and scalp benefits. Some of these benefits include strengthened hair fibers and natural restoration for flawless hair health. In addition, the high molecular weight of the silk amino acids results in the formation of a substantive film to increase scalp permeability. Includes L-Alanine, Glycine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Threonine, and more.

Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, and Green Tea: These helpful ingredients are fast-absorbing and commit moisturizing qualities to dry and delicate hair strands. Shea butter, in particular, contains vitamins A and E, making it an excellent natural moisturizer for the hair. It locks in moisture without leaving the hair greasy or heavy. The gel-like substance of aloe vera, on the other hand, makes it a great conditioning agent as well. It has a similar composition to keratin (the natural protein in the hair), which allows it to easily penetrate the entire length of the hair shaft. Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which strengthens hair roots, activates hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

Pomegranate, Hibiscus and Sea Buckthorn: Certified blend assists in repairing damaged hair follicles to revitalize healthy, flowing hair. Pomegranate contains ellagic acid, which prevents the moisture in the hair from drying out. Hibiscus (“the flower of hair care”) helps prevent dryness, dullness, and hair damage. It also prevents problems like dandruff, split ends, and premature graying. Sea buckthorn, on the other hand, contains high levels of Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9, as well as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K that promote healthy skin and hair.

Argan and Jojoba: These two essential components help provide relief by moisturizing sensitive scalps. These also help maintain hair volume, an essential component to preserving hair color. Argan, in particular, is proven to make hair softer, shinier, silkier, and softer. It also tames frizzy hair and treats split ends. Jojoba keeps the scalp moist and stimulates hair growth.

Botanical Keratin: By definition, keratin is a family of fibrous structural proteins, which contribute to the composition of hair. Essential at every level, weak quantities of keratin can be the cause of frizzy and unmanageable hair. This naturally derived ingredient helps replenishes ideal keratin content for strong, durable hair.

Vanilla: Light and sweet, 100% natural vanilla undertones mildly sweeten the formula for an overall delightful and refreshing conditioning experience.


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Maple Holistics has one goal in mind: to provide a natural, holistic range of premium products which can enhance hygiene, health and daily living.

The formulaic composition of each product stands out in uniqueness, quality, and effectiveness. Only the purest and highest quality ingredients are used in each product, maximizing the therapeutic potential for each specific area of health. Some of the products offered include therapeutic shampoos, facial masks, bath soaks and more. Our expert Research and Development team is constantly engaged in creating new products. Most importantly, customer satisfaction is our number one concern. When you’re happy, we’re happy.

At Maple Holistics, we take pride in our Holistic Promise. We guarantee satisfaction and cherish every customer relationship. Your health is our number one priority.

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All of our products stand behind our Holistic Promise, a hassle-free 100% money-back guarantee. If, for any reason at all, you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us and you can choose to receive a full refund or try a different product which may work better for you. Customer satisfaction is our top priority, and you can be sure to have your expectations met with every Maple Holistics purchase.
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I used shampoo and this conditioner 1st thing in the shower. I left it on the entire shower. Not sure how long it is needed. I figure 5 minutes is good. It has a thick white lotion appearance and I was not sure if it would feel heavy. It did not. It did not weighed down my hair but it did leave it feeling soft and silky. My hair is very frizzy and damaged but with just 1 wash this seems to have helped. The smell is great. I smelled like vanilla cupcakes in my shower. I love the smell of vanilla and anything fruity. This was perfect. 

I have done a Keratin treatment and this conditioner will help to keep it looking great.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Book Review: Cold Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

Cold Blood
(Dirty Blood - Book #2)
by Heather Hildenbrand
Kindle Edition, 366 Pages
ASIN: B0068OD1U8

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Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they're kicking your butt in the process.

At least I've got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De'Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he's destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn't going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point's evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?

Cold Blood is Book 2 in the Dirty Blood series. To read more about the Dirty Blood series visit

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In this part of the story we meet Alex, Cambria, and Logan.

Tara goes away to Woodpoint Academy (Hunter School) and meets Cambria and Logan. Both Hunters in training. They are the misfits and outsiders of the school so Tara fits into their click since she is a Hybrid. No one at the school wants to be friends with Tara since she is mixed blood.

Miles DeLuca has a plan and what he wants is Tara. Tara is discussed by this since his plan includes her being his mate and they are cousins..... YUCK. So Miles tells Tara he will come for her once his project is complete.

Alex is assigned as Tara's trainer and he likes to run a lot. Tara hates this task but is grateful for  it in the end. Alex likes Tara a lot and this complicates things for Tara since she is seeing Wes. The problem is Wes is not around. Wes is trying to take Jack's place as the Leader of The Cause but a lot of the following don't want him because he is a hybrid. Wes does not like Alex's feelings for Tara but I feel that Wes's character does appreciate the fact that Alex will look after her and will try to watch over her. Alex knows Tara can handle herself and lets her just BE. Tara likes that Alex has confidence in her. 

At the very end it is revealed what Miles project is and it will change the world as they know it. Tara is changing and becoming more ANIMAL and no one is sure why or what it will mean for Tara.

Rating: 2 1/2 Stars




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