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>Review: Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

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Creed's Honor (Hqn)Synopsis: Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle’s legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy’s life isn’t his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he’s been estranged from for years reenters his life.

Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else’s dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….

I love a good cowboy—I mean cowboy story—and this is a good one. Forget about bygone times in the Old West, this is a contemporary story dealing with present day issues—sibling rivalry, jealousy, loneliness, and love.


Conner Creed is convinced his identical twin brother Brody seduced his fiancé before they disappeared ten years ago. If he wasn’t guilty, why did he leave? During Brody’s absence, Conner works the ranch and lives a lonely, solitary life. Then the quiet, lovely Tricia McCall catches his eye when she shows up to care for her great-grandmother Natty.

Even though Tricia grew up spending her summers in Lonesome Bend, she was never part of the local crowd. Her shyness held her back then just as it does now, and Tricia thinks Conner is handsome, but out of her league. So instead of pushing past her shyness, she dreams of returning to Seattle and the emotionally distant boyfriend she hasn’t seen in the year and a half she’s been in Lonesome Bend. But wily old great-grandmother Natty knows Tricia and Conner are perfect for each other and sets the wheels in motion to throw them together.

Out of the blue, Conner’s scruffy-looking twin returns ready to settle down. This stirs no small amount of resentment in Conner. Not only does Brody steal his former fiancé, now he wants a say in running the ranch where Conner has invested so much of his life. Sparks fly when neither is willing to make the first move toward reconciliation. When Brody cuts his hair, cleans up his act, borrows Conner’s clothes and his truck, Conner knows he’s up to no good. Is Brody planning to repeat the past with Tricia? Or is he up to something more sinister? That’s what Conner has to discover. The angry tension between the brothers is as palpable as the sexual tension between Conner and Tricia.

Like a guilty pleasure, I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in Creed’s Honor. With each book, Linda Lael Miller has honed her writing skills and perfected her art. Readers know her characters like their own families and feel just as comfortable with them. Whether you’re a cowboy aficionado or complete greenhorn, you’ll enjoy the underlying love stories that weave these lives together.

A Creed in Stone Creek is the lead off book in the Creed trilogy, followed by Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy. After falling in love with these sexy cowboys, I now find it necessary to read all three books to indulge my fantasy. *sigh* I loves me some cowboys.

Mona Leigh

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  • Author: Linda Lael Miller 
  • Series: Montana Creeds Series 6 
  • Release:May 2011 
  • Source: Provided by author

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    >ARC Review: The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn

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    *This book will be released on June 21*
    *This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series*
    The Dark Enquiry (A Lady Julia Grey Novel)Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane’s private enquiry business.
    Among the more unlikely clients: Julia’s very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her beloved—if eccentric—family, spirited Julia soon picks up the trail of the investigation…

    It leads to the exclusive Ghost Club, where the alluring Madame Séraphine holds evening séances…and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of dark deeds, whose tendrils crush reputations and throttle trust.
    Shocked to find their investigation spun into salacious newspaper headlines, bristling at the tension it causes between them, the Brisbanes find they must unite or fall. For Bellmont’s sake and more they’ll face myriad dangers born of dark secrets, the kind men kill to keep….
    I’m really pleased my review of The Dark Enquiry was set to be posted during BadAss Boys in Fiction Week because one of my favorite BadAss heros (More on that in my BadAss post) is Mr. Nicholas Brisbane husband of the intelligent and effervescent Lady Julia Grey.
    By now some of you already know how much I love this historical mystery series. I mentioned it as being my most anticipated book in June and I might have also counted the days until the release…Ok, so I absolutely counted the days. Not that I had to really, my big sister only kept calling me on a weekly basis just to do the following: “When does the next Julia book come out? When will you have it? When will I have it?” Thankfully when I got the book the calls changed to “is there a lot of Brisbane in it?”
    So, to answer that question and a few others without spoiling, Yes, this book has plenty of Brisbane. Just the way my sister (and I) like it. When we last left the Brisbanes they were getting over their less than relaxing honeymoon in India. Brisbane had also agreed to teach Julia what she would need to know about the detecting business so that they could work as (almost) equal partners.
    In The Dark Enquiry Julia is making some progress in that department…when she isn’t blowing things up. Then she discovers her eldest brother Lord Bellmont visited Brisbane and is seeking his help with a very delicate enquiry. Julia wants in on the case and well, things go a bit haywire from there.
    With mysteries it’s always very hard to write reviews because you never know what you can reveal without revealing too much. So, I won’t share more of the plot but what I will share is how much I enjoyed this book. Deanna Raybourn delivers as always – a wonderful intriguing mystery with just the right amount of humor and romance in a perfectly researched historical setting.
    If Dark Road to Darjeeling was filled with a sense of something lurking just beneath the surface, understated drama that led to quite an explosive finish – seriously, you must read it if you have yet to do so; The Dark Enquiry was not as understated, it was action packed from the first page and right through to the epilogue (which made me want to sneak into Ms. Raybourn’s home to steal her notes on book 6).
    This installment in the series also had Julia and Brisbane working together for most of the book, though not always with each member of the team being aware of the fact. A circumstance which led to quite a few of the action packed scenes and the humorous ones as well.
    The ever-evolving relationship between Julia and Brisbane is always one of my favorite things to read about – there is no stagnancy here! No ‘been there, done that’ which many series become afflicted with a few books in. In the Dark Enquiry the focus turns to Nicholas Brisbane – more of his heritage, what makes him tick, his insecurities and just how much he loves Julia. It made for truly delicious reading, as did all their scenes together.
    The Dark Enquiry also has guest appearances from my favorite supporting cast – The March family. Julia’s father is there in all his glory, Portia is back, now with a new responsibility and Plum is the proverbial third wheel. Then there is the stuffed-shirt Bellmont whose own personal life is about to wreak havoc on Julia and Brisbane’s…
    There are some sad moments and quite a lot to think about as we wait for the next book in the series, but as always, it was completely worth the wait, another sublimely pleasurable read from Deanna Raybourn.
    Happy Reading!

    >ARC Two-Doll Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

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    ***This book will be released on May 31, 2011***
    ***This review may include spoilers for previous books in series***

    Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, Book 5)Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn’t easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn’t bring in the customers, either. So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have looked before she leapt…

    The year since Magic Bleeds came out is finally over, as is the wait for Magic Slays and can we just say, it couldn’t have come fast enough! This has got to be one of the Paperback Dolls top series recommendations and as you will see – it appears it is set to remain so. Without further ado – here is our Two Doll Review of Magic Slays:

    Noa:

    Kate Daniels is now also known as Kate Daniels the Mate, Kate Daniels the Alpha, the Lady or, simply Consort all titles due to her new status as Curran, the Beast Lord’s main…squeeze. She’s trying to establish herself as an independent investigator with Cutting Edge Investigations after leaving the Order but finding clients when your business is in some way affiliated with the Pack, and the Order isn’t on your friends list can be tough.

    When a case literally comes barreling down the street it ends up being a lot more complex than Kate could ever have imagined. With the People, Pack, and the Red Guard all involved, and a new threat in the form of an underground organization called the Lighthouse Keepers coming out of the shadows – Kate has her hands full.

    But if that’s not enough she needs to deal with her new status within the pack, the aftermath of events in Magic Bleeds and being in a serious relationship with a man not used to hearing the word ‘No’. She also needs to learn to live with this new life she has created for herself – where people care about her and she cares about them. She has a family now and friends and dealing with what they ‘bring to the table’ is not always easy.

    I don’t want to get into the plot itself too deeply, I’ll let each reader unwrap that present for themselves, but I will say that for me, Magic Slays was like entering ‘Kate Daniels Act II’. In Magic Bleeds we got that wonderful ‘Happily Ever After’ we were all waiting for and now we get the actual living. The building of a relationship with its ups and downs and really, the things that make it all worth it.

    Magic Slays also opens a new set of adventures for the characters we love reading about. Old plots come together as new ones (and new characters!) are introduced and I was just biting my nails for the whole crazy wonderful ride. Ilona Andrews excels at keeping you on the edge of your seat, making it humorous and touching and well, emotional roller-coaster!

    A spectacular new addition to this phenomenal Urban Fantasy series, Magic Slays encompassed everything I love about these books – the action and adventure in the superbly written plots, the awesome fight scenes, the characters that just come off the page and the whole spectacular universe that made Magic Slays not only my most anticipated book of the year, but right now – my definite favorite.

    Day:

    *Nods head at everything Noa wrote*
    I really can’t add much to the above. All I want to say is that I LOVED this book. I’ve read what I thought were pretty good urban fantasy books lately, and then I read this and the world building and attention to details are so incredible that everything else pales in comparison to Magic Slays.

    Example- When Ilona Andrews writes about spells everything is so meticulous and explained so well, that there is a part of me that believes that those spells could really work. It is as if these authors go above and beyond where research is concerned but then they take the knowledge gained from all that research and then apply it to their imagination resulting in a truly original story. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I am always awed by the Kate Daniels world.

    I love that we continue to discover more about Kate’s heritage and that it is given to fans in small doses that we can savor and ponder. This go around it involves more about her mother and the man that raised her, this new information has the potential to shake Kate’s world if she allows. The revelation could be used to only create conflict, but instead it showcases the character and her growth throughout the series. Kate still has issues, but she also has more responsibility than ever before and this impacts her at the very core.

    I am always excited to read another installment in the Kate Daniels series, they never disappoint and have the magic ability to transport me to another world for 300 or so pages. Ilona Andrews is one of the most consistently great authors. Everything this writing duo writes is incredible!

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    *this book was given to PBD courtesy of the authors

    >Review: The Art of Murder by Michael White

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    In all his years on the force, Detective Chief Inspector Pendragon had never seen a corpse like this one. After the initial horror, he recognised the reference to the surrealist painter, Magritte. But that made the crime even more sickening – accomplished, as it had been, with a sickening ferocity which placed it in another league from common or garden homicide. In the Whitechapel area of London in the 1880s, a person, who remains unidentified to this day, committed a series of sadistic murders of local prostitutes, which involved elaborate mutilation of the victims’ bodies. Although the contemporary crimes are not directed exclusively at female targets, there is grotesque similarity in the mindset of the two perpetrators – divided, as they are, by more than a century. But Pendragon is determined that his pathologically brilliant killer will not escape detection.

    I have this rule – when my local bookstore has a ‘buy one get 50% off on second purchase’ deal I always buy one book by an author I’ve never read before. This way, if the book is a fail I feel I haven’t wasted my hard earned book cash but if it’s a success – I now have a new author to follow.

    So a few weeks ago when I saw the store was having a sale I followed my rule and picked up Michael White’s The Art of Murder. The title drew me in and the blurb that mentioned the most famous killer in history (Jack the Ripper) well, I had to get it! I’m happy to say this was one of the successes of my rule.

    Try and imagining a body looking like this

    Detective Chief Inspector Pendragon of the Brick Lane police station in London is summoned to the scene of a horrific murder at an art gallery – it seems the murderer has a bit of an artistic bent and has decided to follow in the footsteps of surrealist painters – only in this case – the artwork is the body. From Magritte’s Son of Man, to Dali’s The Clocks and even Francis Bacon the murderer is on a rampage and Pendragon is running out of time before another murder is committed.

    Meanwhile, in 1888 Whitechapel London we meet William Sandler. Through a series of letters we get to know the child who would one day terrorize the streets of London – who he is and how he became the most notorious murderer of the 19th century.

    How does this connect with the modern day mystery? Well, I can’t give that away now can I? As we get deeper into the book and the murders keep piling up (gotta love that about all these series… it just isn’t a real mystery unless you have 5 bodies or more) the connection between past and present is understood.

    The Art of Murder was a really fascinating read, I truly enjoyed this plot driven novel, and although I found out mid-read that this is the second book featuring Inspector Pendragon I didn’t feel like I was out of the loop. Like I said – plot driven novel, the characters at many points seem to play second fiddle. That’s not to say the main characters aren’t well written but they aren’t what drives the book forward.

    The gruesome murders were actually quite interesting to try and imagine and while at first I thought the flashbacks to Victorian England would annoy me, they didn’t. William Sandler’s letters were creepy in the extreme but his character was the most well written one in the whole book and yes, as crazy as it seems Michael White managed to make me feel slightly sympathetic towards this extremely unsympathetic character. Not to worry, I got over that sympathy soon enough!

    As for the mystery itself – it was so much fun trying to figure out whodunnit and while I did succeed in finding out who the murderer was before the end of the book, the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of it all was still a mystery so it was still a surprise when the end came along. The Art of Murder was definitely one of those books you enjoy finishing in one sitting and yes, I may have taken some pictures off my walls for a few weeks after reading it (hey, you would too!) It was a fun read and I would have happily paid full price for it.

    And a special note to Italian history loving Doll Day – The first book featuring our Detective Inspector is called the Borgia Ring and another book by the same author is called The Medici Secret! I will definitely be picking those books up at my next bookstore visit. 😀

    Happy Reading!


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    >Passport China: Review Noble House by James Clavell

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    Noble HouseThe setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes—fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong—the heart of Asia—rich in every trade…money, flesh, opium, power.

    When Day said our next Passport destination would be China, two things came to mind, The Last Emperor and James Clavell’s Noble House. Now, since The Last Emperor is a movie, I’ll pass and say – watch it. It is an amazing movie and the soundtrack is superb too.

    As for Noble House, as one friend and co-book lover said to me just last week – it’s a classic. One of those books you come by upon occasion and then go back to whenever you feel like reading a grand saga. Those of you who have read James Clavell’s series will probably be saying right about now: But it’s Japan, not China! – Not so! The Asian series, Noble House being book four in the series, takes place in both Japan and China and Noble House focuses on Hong Kong.

    Yes, at the time the book was written Hong Kong was still in British hands (seriously, biggest mistake they ever made, who leases an Island for 100 years???) but China, its culture and its people are very much a part of Hong Kong and visa versa.

    So what is Noble House? Well, it is traditionally Hong Kong’s oldest and/or most prestigious trading house. Led by a ‘Tai Pan’ – Cantonese term for the leader of a western trading company operating in China or Hong Kong in the 19th century (also known as Hong). While this is an honorary term, it also carries great power. The Noble House and its Tai-Pan are Hong Kong, and of course, someone is always there hoping to topple the Noble House and take its place.

    In our book, set in 1960 a new Tai Pan has just taken over the Noble House of Struan’s – Ian Dunross Struan wants to take Struans and the Noble House into the future, as his predecessor is leaving Struans in a weak financial position – he decides to do the unthinkable and take the company public.

    That Tai Pan is hot.
    Pierce Brosnan as Ian Dunross Struan

    Three years later and Tai-Pan Ian Dunross is getting ready to make the deal of a lifetime with US Millionaire Lincoln Bartlett, head of Par-Con Industries. A deal that would cement his position for years to come, but what he doesn’t know is that Linc and Casey Tcholok, Linc’s sexy vice president aren’t just looking to make a deal with him…

    Enter Quillan Gornt, Tai-Pan of Rothwell-Gornt, the eternal rivals of Struans (from previous books as well) and the man who wants to overtake the position of Noble House of Hong Kong. He is also negotiating with Par-Con without Ian’s knowledge…

    Now, add in a bit of Chinese and Russian espionage, opium and drug trade, a love story or two and you have the nearly 1500 page saga that is Noble House. But I promise – 1500 pages will feel like 50, this book flies by and it is a trip of a lifetime!

    The characters as written by Clavell are all multi-dimensional, yes, there are ‘baddies’ and ‘goodies’ but no one is 100% of either. From Ian to Quillan to Four Finger Wu and Orlanda – everyone is hiding something, saying one thing while meaning something entirely different, good, bad, ugly, pretty… this story has it all.

    My favorite part though, is the fact that you get to see how culture plays a huge role in everything we do – from our daily lives and even in business dealings. China’s culture – both its positive and negative elements are very much a part of doing business with the Tai-Pans. As the reader, you get the learning experience through Casey and Linc’s eyes.

    Clavell’s writing style is easy to follow and sucks you right in from page one. Obviously, the minute you finish Noble house you’ll want to grab previous books in the series – King Rat, Tai-Pan, Shogun and books that follow Noble House – Whirlwind and Gai Jin.

    But of them all, Noble House is still my #1. Could this be because I shall now and forever connect Ian Dunross Struan with Pierce Brosnan thanks to the mini-series based on the book (which took Noble House to a very Dynasty like 80s)? Maybe… But I think it has more to do with the fact that Hong Kong has always been on my “must visit” list. As a daughter of someone who travels frequently to Hong Kong for business I have always been fascinated with the Island where East truly meets West and where East has shaped West into its own creation.

    And so, I will sign off by hoping that you shall always have good ‘Joss’ (luck) in the books you read… read this one, you’ll thank me later 😉

    Happy Reading!

    P.S – for more info about the real Tai-Pan’s and Noble Houses of Hong Kong – yes, Clavell based his book on the leading Hong Kong trading houses – Jardine Matheson and Swire Pacific check out this link or this one

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    >ARC Review: Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin #4) by Jennifer Estep

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    *This title is due for release April 26, 2011*

    I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings.

    But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past — or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling… or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead…

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    Just in case you didn’t catch it earlier, this review is of the fourth book in a series. Spoilers for the earlier three books are kind of inevitable. If you haven’t yet read the first three books of the Elemental Assassin series and don’t mind being spoiled, first check out Kitt’s reviews of book one, Spider’s Bite, book two, Web of Lies, and book three, Venom.

    Assassin: n. Derived from the word hashshashin (Arabic: حشّاشين), shares its etymological roots with hashish. Referred to a group during the Middle Ages, who killed members of the Muslim Abbasid, Seljuq, and Christian Crusader élite for political and religious reasons.

    Gin Blanco, otherwise known as the deadly assassin the Spider, doesn’t kill for political or religious reasons. She never did. For a long time, Gin was murder for hire. She killed for cash, and it was good money, too. Sure, many of the people she killed probably belonged on most people’s Better Dead list, but Gin’s profession was morally ambiguous, to say the least. Except, she doesn’t do that anymore. Not the killing – Gin’s body count is probably higher than ever. She just doesn’t get paid for it anymore. And the only Better Dead list she’s worrying about is her own.

    The world of urban fantasy is littered these days with strong, kick-butt heroines. Move over, Carl Jung – there’s a new archetype on the loose! But Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco stands out even in this newly populated landscape. In a genre already crowded with overused tropes, Gin is startlingly, refreshingly different. You might think that it would be hard to find an assassin, a hired gun, sympathetic as a main character, but Estep does a remarkable job of making Gin’s life and choices both understandable and acceptable to her readers. With each book, Estep has expanded Gin’s backstory and fleshed out her character just a little more, and Tangled Threads may be the best book in the series for character development on all fronts.

    The first three books in the Elemental Assassins series were largely concerned with setting the stage for Gin’s showdown with the magical mob boss Mab. (I dare you to say that five times fast.) Characters were introduced, the corrupt metropolis of Ashland was explored, relationships were explained, and bad guys were killed, but only slowly did the rich, rewarding details of Gin’s past and her emotional landscape come to light.

    This is the major playing field of Tangled Threads. The tentative relationship that Gin began with Owen Grayson at the end of Venom gives Gin nearly as much trouble as the evil fire elemental Mab Monroe and her new evil henchman, Elektra LaFleur. Plus, there’s the reappearance of Gin’s little sister Bria, an incorruptible detective on Ashland’s crooked police force. Bria is still hunting both her older sister and the Spider, unaware that they are the same person, and that Gin is that woman.

    There are plenty of tough fantasy heroines out there, and they all have their issues. What stands out about Gin Blanco is that, although she has baggage and her fair share of hang-ups, she manages to work through them and make emotional progress with a minimum of hand-wringing, whining, or idiotic behavior that generally makes a reader want to smack sense into her. Yes, after her experience with Donovan Caine, Gin has a serious confidence problem concerning men in her personal life. But she faces the challenge with the same bravery that she brings to the seemingly impossible task of bringing down the queen of Ashland’s underworld.

    With the exception of the villains, all of the characters in Tangled Threads have reached a high degree of complexity and emotional realism that is tremendously enjoyable to read. And, of course, Gin doesn’t sit still on her quest to bring down Mab Monroe, either. She’s faced with her greatest challenge yet – a fellow assassin brought in by Mab specifically to rid Ashland of two nuisances, by the names of the Spider and Bria Coolidge. Mab has no use for any cop that isn’t bent, and the Spider has gotten in her way far too many times. Elektra LaFleur has a rep as the best in the business, and Gin has to watch not only her own back, but the unsuspecting Bria’s, as well. And to succeed against the elementally powerful LaFleur, Gin is going to have to make more use of her own elemental magic more than she ever has before, a prospect fraught with its own emotional baggage.

    Tangled Threads is perhaps the best entry yet in the Elemental Assassins series, and will leave fans hungry for the final conclusive battle between Gin and Mab Monroe. The book is full of characters that are easy to care about, rewarding exploration of emotional relationships, and, of course, plenty of spine-tingling (literally!) danger and action. In short, it’s the very best of everything we’ve come to expect from an Elemental Assassin book.

    This ARC was given to PBD for review by Jennifer Estep.
    Don’t miss the first three installments of the Elemental Assassin series!
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    >Review- City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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    City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)Who will be tempted by darkness? Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart? And who will betray everything they ever believed in?
    Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.
    In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever.


    Fans of Cassandra Clare have been on pins and needles with eager anticipation since the announcement last year that the bestselling author would write an additional 3 books in her highly popular Young Adult series, The Mortal Instruments. On Tuesday, April 5th, the wait was finally over. Fans finally were able to reacquaint themselves with the beloved characters…and Clare did not disappoint.

    City of Fallen Angels picks up shortly after the events of the previous book and delves deeper into the character development and relationship dynamics that result from everything that has come to pass. As everyone prepares for the wedding of Clary’s mother, Jocelyn, to the head of the wolf pack, Luke, it would appear that there are some things to be celebrated. But, soon bodies start turning up in specific locations that has the downworlder community stumped.

    Clary’s bestfriend, Simon is attempting to adjust to his vampirism, and with his special abilities (and curse) one would think that he might have an easier time with it all…sadly that’s not the case. Not only is the former vegetarian struggling with his new blood diet, he finds himself caught in the middle of a love triangle of sorts and juggling a couple girls at once. Not a completely awful problem to have for most normal guys, but for the far from normal and sensitive Simon, it is an unnecessary stress. Aside from the lady dilemma, given Simon’s special ability to walk in the sun he finds himself a magnet for many who want to use him. This story line was particularly interesting. As readers, we get to know Simon better than ever before and  also meet some interesting characters as a result of it and it was a thrilling page-turner of a story line.

    And, of course there is the whole Clary and Jace relationship that proves to remain completely engrossing as time goes on and there is even an appearance by the Unseelie Queen that played an interesting part in the Epilogue of “City of Glass”. I think many fans will be intrigued by what she has to say in City of Fallen Angels and her small part has definitely provided more material for the uber fans (like me) to speculate for another year…or more.:)

    There is so much more to this book, but I really do not want to spoil the experience for anyone. So…take my advice and get the book already. It has everything a fun YA paranormal adventure should…and MORE>

    With appearances by crossover characters from Clare’s Infernal Devices series, new players introduced and all the familiarity of the characters we already love, City Of Fallen Angels is another heart pounding adventure that leaves fans wanting more!

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    This book was given to PBD for review courtesy of Simon & Schuster
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