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  • Destiny's Tarot

  • An Elder Races Collection, #4.5
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

As a coroner, medusa Seremela Telemar has always felt more comfortable chatting over a dead body than over drinks. But when her wild niece, Vetta, runs off to Devil's Gate, a lawless town that has sprung up overnight in a modern-day gold rush, she knows she has to extricate her before the rebellious girl gets into real trouble. Though she's confident in her head snakes' ability to defend her against attackers, Seremela is still a bit nervous about braving this modern-day Wild West by herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elder races

  • By Patricia L. Jensen on 02-19-18

Love Seremela and her head snakes!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-18

**Devil's Gate**
-- 5 stars
I think one of the things I have enjoyed most about Seremela's character (who first appeared as the medical examiner in Storm's Heart and was seen again in Serpent's Kiss) is her head snakes. They are curious and often unruly. Despite being so deeply connected to Seremela, they seem to have personalities and minds of their own. I often found them quite hilarious. Harrison did a great job giving life to the head snakes and fully incorporating them in the story. In any given situation we see reactions from Seremela, Duncan, and Seremela's head snakes. I would've been sorely disappointed had the snakes not been so integrated into the story. I was not disappointed in the slightest.

Tying into this is Duncan's character and how he is uniquely suited for Seremela (and her head snakes). With the snakes being such an integral part of Seremala, one cannot have one without the other. The head snakes like Duncan (a lot) and wish to show it. Duncan goes beyond merely tolerating the head snakes. He loves them too. Others often find them snakes disgusting and sometimes treat Seremela almost like a pariah because of them - segregating her from the general population. Without his whole-hearted acceptance (and enjoyment) of the head snakes, I wouldn't have believed them them to be a good match.


**Hunter's Season**
-- 4.5 stars
Of the two books included in Destiny's Tarot, this was my least favorite. While I really liked Xanthe and also like Aubrey, I wasn't able to get into the book as much as the other. The book seemed a bit abbreviated and quite as smooth as Devil's Gate, but was still enjoyable.

  • Midnight's Kiss

  • Elder Races, Book 8
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them - and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elder Races Baby!!!

  • By NEW NAME on 05-07-15

Reevaluating Julian's character.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Some history: In Serpent's Kiss (book 3), Julian gets Carling kicked off the tribunal, banishes her from the Night Kind realm, and takes action that ends with a kill order. By the end of that book, Julian wasn't sitting in a particularly positive light (particularly since all we knew about him prior to this is that he is Carling's progeny and became the Night Kind King when Carling took her seat on the tribunal). In Oracle's Moon (book 4), he is potentially partially redeemed for his actions in the previous book. Still, the information given to the reader is unclear as we are hearing the same way as the characters: second hand. There are rumors going around that he wasn't being malicious in his actions, but looking out for the good of the Night Kind. While it was revealed in Serpent's Kiss that Carling's attendant Rosalyn may have been the driving force behind the kill order, it's not clear whether or not that was an order he was going to try to get the tribunal to give anyway. Come Night's Honor (book 7), we get to see a lot more of Julian (as the book is about his second, Xavier). While he doesn't do anything distinctly bad in this book, he's not a particularly personable guy and it's hard to tell if he's just economical and emotionally detached or if he's a bit of a jerk. Regardless, he does help Tess and Xavier over the course of the book and seems to have accepted and gained some respect for Tess. Needless to say, my opinion of Julian coming into this book was a bit up in the air. I wasn't quite sure what to think, so I was withholding judgement.

For the first part of the book, I still wasn't able to pin down his disposition. As the book continued and I came to understand Julian better, my opinion of him did increase. For a good portion of the book, though, I was able to see the good in him, but was still swayed by some of his previous actions of the negative variety. It wasn't until what happened during Serpent's Kiss was explained (bit by bit) from his perspective and his phone call with Carling that I was able to let that go and see him in a positive light. His intentions are typically good, but his actions don't always appear to be so. All in all, he's not much of a people person.

Melisande is heir to the Light Fae throne. She is strong and generally adored by all around her. She is typically poised and kind, but Julian still brings out the worst in her. Their break-up 20 years ago was anything but amicable and they've been at each other's throats ever since. She is forced to reconsider her impression that Julian no longer cares for her when he is willing to give his life in exchange for hers. It is people's underestimation of her that helps them to escape their prison. In needing to overcome their past in order to get out of the tunnels, they begin to reform a bond. Finally, what should've probably been talked out 20 years ago, finally comes to light. With this new understanding, the two are able to truly reunite, but not relax. What started out as Justine's mission to take down Julian has become much, much more. With cooperation between Vampyre and Light Fae troops, they are able to plan an attack that will end the war.

Midnight's Kiss is a HEA book with no cliffhanger. In theory, it could be read as a stand-alone, but I would highly recommend reading the rest of the series as well. While I truly enjoyed this book, it wasn't my favorite of the series. That being said, the book was interesting and engaging. I cannot wait to move onto book 9, Shadow's end.

  • Kinked

  • A Novel of the Elder Races, Book 6
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she's ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy's incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own. To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep 'em coming.

  • By Teresa on 11-07-13

Occasionally cringe inducing, but excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I think it's a sign of great writing when an author can make you cringe, especially over things that don't pertain to you. Harrison achieved just that in this book. The biggest things were the descriptions of the damage to Aryal's wings. With each thing that happened, I cringed. I found some of the events in the book quite horrifying (from the wings to the shadow wolves' situation to the cause and aftermath of the battle that decimated the elves).

All of that being said, this was an excellent book. While there were some cringe inducing moments, the book also contained plenty of humor. The story was interesting and engaging. Over the course of the series, Aryal's character has stayed true. I enjoyed watching her progress over the course of the story, both in her relationship with Quentin and as a person. She is still prickly and contrary come the end of the book, but she seems to have opened her heart to and gained respect for some of the other characters she's had problems with. I loved the insight into her character in this book. We can finally see how and why the other sentinels truly love her. While Quentin hasn't been mentioned much, he seemed to be perfect for making Aryal absolutely crazy (and vice versa). Overall, this was an enjoyable addition to the Elder Races series. Aryal and Quentin's story is HEA with no cliffhanger. Having read previous books in the series is not crucial to understanding this book, but does provide backstory to some of the things mentioned.

Once again, Sophie Eastlake performed well. She has an enjoyable voice with pretty good range.

  • Oracle's Moon

  • Elder Races Series #4
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115

When Grace Andreas's sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children - neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household, both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace's impudence towards the Elder Races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Love, Love

  • By Just so you know on 03-24-12

Great story but with a less clear cut ending.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I feel like this book ended with a less clearly defined HEA for Grace and Khalil. By that I mean, it seems less concrete than the others. I feel like there's more that could've been said about what happens next for them. I can only hope a future book in the series will give us a glimpse into this.

  • Dragon Bound

  • Elder Races Series #1
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,824

Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Woo Freakin Hoo!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-14-11

Loving this new series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with this book, but it seemed to have potential when I read the description. Having read the book, I am so incredibly glad I found this series and can't wait to read the rest of the books.

I found Pia and Dragos' story supremely entertaining. It was engaging and had me laughing out loud frequently. I love how Pia seemed to keep surprising the other characters. She wasn't what anyone expected her to be. I loved her straight shooter, TNS, occasionally mischievous personality combined with her genuinely good heart.

Something I also very much enjoyed was how self- sufficient Pia was. She kicked butt, quite literally. She's resourceful and intelligent. She stood her ground against Dragos and everyone else (including his sentinels and the Dark Fae King). Having Pia in Cuelebre Tower was a learning experience for many it seemed and I think she really improved lives all around since arriving there.

This book features a HEA ending with no cliffhange

  • Divine Tarot

  • An Elder Races Collection
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she's just found the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a wolf Wyr and current detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime - and, as Alice oh-so-inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate. But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't go wrong with Elder Races!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 05-07-14

A tarot deck with a mind of its own.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

In this two book bundle, we get our first glimpse of a tarot deck that seems to have a mind of its own. The journey of the tarot deck continues with Destiny's Tarot.

**True Colors**
-- 5 stars
Unlike with many of the other books in the series, Alice is a completely new character never mentioned before. I'm not honestly sure if Gideon had been mentioned previously either. Regardless, I very much enjoyed their story. They are the first couple in the series to recognize one another as mates at more or less first sight. That was an enjoyable change of pace. Their story, though short, is HEA with no cliffhanger.

**Natural Evil**
-- 4 stars
While I did enjoy this book, I'm not sure I enjoyed it quite as much as the first book in the Divine Tarot duo, True Colors (book 3.5 in the series). I did find the story very interesting. It honestly could've probably afforded to be a bit longer of a story. Unlike the previous books in this series, I don't remember Claudia and Luis claiming to be mates specifically. Additionally, I'm not entirely sure their future is all that well defined. Will they end up together? Is this relationship for life? All we know is that Luis got some time off following his injury and has decided to follow Claudia during that time. It seems to fall along the lines of a HFN ending, not HEA.

  • Love and Other Wild Things

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos. Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too damn short

  • By ESP on 09-06-18

Enjoyed book 1 more, but still entertaining.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as How to Date Your Dragon (book 1 of the series), but still found it engaging and entertaining. I had been hoping this would be the story of Jillian's best friend (which is hopefully yet to come). I liked Dani well enough, but I wish the author would've gone with a female protagonist that had already been mentioned in the series, as opposed to an entirely new entity. I have to say, though, overall, I was not as big of a fan of Dani and Zed as characters as I was of Jillian and Boone. While danger does come into play, the Mystic Bayou romances are also comical. I desperately hope there are more books to come in this series. This book is HEA with no cliffhanger.

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,498

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reasonably Good

  • By Kerri J. on 02-05-18

A quirky town w/ colorful characters!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I loved diving into the world of Mystic Bayou. The story was engaging and entertaining. The characters and their relationships had me laughing out loud. I adored Jillian and Boone's characters and their romance. The town of Mystic Bayou was filled with colorful characters and quirks. I loved that this book featured both the male and female protagonists' points of view and that there were two narrators to reflect that. This story features a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.

  • Between a Vamp and a Hard Place

  • By: Jessica Sims
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Lindsey Hughes loves antiques and couldn't be happier to make a living in the estate sale business. But when her assistant accidentally buys an entire estate without her approval, Lindsey is forced to clean up the mess herself. When she travels to the newly purchased, age-old house in Venice, Italy, she soon discovers more than she bargained for. Vampire Rand FitzWulf has been in his coffin for 600 years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not in the Midnight Liaison universe

  • By Jennifer on 02-16-18

Not as enjoyable as Midnight Liaisons series.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as the Midnight Liaisons series, but it wasn't a bad book. While it was interesting enough, it didn't pull me in all the way. Where the Midnight Liaisons series was funny with an engaging story line, this one didn't quite measure up. I wouldn't dissuade anyone from reading this book, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it either. The book features a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.

  • Must Love Fangs

  • Midnight Liaisons Series, Book 3
  • By: Jessica Sims
  • Narrated by: Leah Mallach
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Marie Bellavance has known for years that she will die of the same incurable disease her mother did. That's why she never dated and doesn't allow anyone to get close to her. But now, as an employee of the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons, she has a chance: if she can find someone to turn her into a supernatural creature, she'll be cured!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Series but...

  • By Trevor on 02-28-14

A bite for a cure.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Of the four books from the Midnight Liaisons series I've read (Out With a Fang, Beauty Dates the Best, Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, and this one), this was probably my least favorite. That's not to say it was not a great book though. I've come to absolutely adore this series and Jessica Sims' writing.

In this book, Marie is dying from a rare disease with no cure. The only way she can see to live is by being turned. After a forced turning by a tiger shifter, though, the Alliance has banned shifters from turning anyone. That leaves vampires, so a vampire to turn her is exactly what Marie sets out to find.

For some reason Marie can't understand, cougar shifter and assumed playboy, Josh Russell, has taken an interest in her. Seeing get naivety about vampires, he offers to help her, and she can't turn him down. But in taking his help, she has unknowingly made the situation far more complicated.

When Marie ignores Josh's warning about a vampire and finds herself in a wine cellar, it is Josh who saves her. That being said, once no longer trapped in the cellar, she does help to save Josh in turn.

She didn't trust Josh when she should have, but how could he possibly find a solution that didn't involve her being turned by a vampire? By the end of the book Marie and Josh do find their HEA and the book ends without a cliffhanger. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but I would highly recommend reading the rest of the series as well.