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Melody Mackay is an inventor for the Order of the Round Table, while a role not traditionally held by women, Melody isn’t about to let gender stereotypes stop her from fulfilling her calling. But in Dragons and Dirigibles by Cindy Spencer Pape, Melody crash lands on the front lawn of Victor, Earl of Blackwell, too bad she finds herself attracted to the very conservative, very appealing Victor.

Victor is struggling to keep things together at Black Heath, unexpectedly inheriting the title of Earl when his brother dies and becoming guardian to his young niece, Victor doesn’t have time for things like sexy inventors. When things go awry and Victor needs Melody’s help, will they be able to move passed their stubbornly held ideals to allow for love to grow between them.

Dragons & Dirigibles is another fun addition to the Gaslight Chronicles. I didn’t see the twist at the end coming (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you) but I loved the various steampunk contraptions used by the characters, especially the submarine at the end of the story. Melody was another great female character from Spencer Pape and fans of Wink will enjoy Melody’s energy and attitude. Once again, I felt like the story was a little short (and maybe a little rushed on how quickly Melody’s health recovered from her horrible crash) but the action was entertaining and the romance delightful.

Gaslight Chronicles Reading Order

Steam & Sorcery

Photographs & Phantoms

Kilts & Krackens

Moonlight & Mechanicals

Cards & Caravans 

Ashes & Alchemy

Dragons & Dirigibles

Ether & Elephants (Feb. 2015)

Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: Dragons and Dirigibles

Author: Cindy Spencer Pape

Format: eBook

Page Nos.: 125

AISN: B00I15VLBS

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: May 19, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Zoey Donovan is an Aegis, like her mother before her, a caretaker and safe-haven for the monsters and mythical creatures that live in hiding from the human world. In Golem in my Glovebox by R.L. Naquin, Zoey finds out she is the only remaining Aegis, all the rest have gone missing, so Zoey does the only thing she can think of–she sets out to find out what happened to them. In the midst of her searching she learns that her mother may still be alive, now Zoey must find her before someone captures Zoey as well.

I admit I love the Monster Haven series, a fun mix of fantasy, paranormal, romance, and humor. Golem in my Glovebox, was a great addition to the series. While you can read Golem in my Glovebox without having read the previous books in the series I do think it is less confusing if you read them in order (and you can come to love Maurice, the closet monster). While I love reading about Zoey and everything she goes through (I love her big as life heart) it is Naquin’s supporting characters that steal your heart without upstaging the main characters. Not always the easiest thing for an author to do. For example, I really want a Maurice to take care of me and Gris the Golem who is struggling to find his humanity (because he is a created nonthinking creature who has gained the ability to reason) is a fabulous addition to the series. Like I said, I recommend that you read the series in order for the best experience, they are all quick reads and well worth your time.

Monsters Haven Reading Order:

Monster In My Closet (you can read my review here)

Pooka In My Pantry  (you can read my review here)

Fairies in My Fireplace 

Golem in My Glovebox 

Demon in My Driveway ( October 2014)

Phoenix in My Fortune (2015)

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Title: Golem in my Glovebox

Author: R.L. Naquin

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 218

AISN: B00GKBIRM6

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: Aprile 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Pia-Saves-The-Day-Elder-RacesFor Pia and Dragos everything looked to be finally falling into place: most of the construction has been completed on their estate, they have moved in, and Peanut (their little boy) is growing by leaps and bounds. In Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison, everything that Pia loves is threatened when Dragos loses his memory. While memory loss is never a good thing, it is especially bad when that loss happens to one of the most powerful and oldest beings in the world. When it looks like Dragos is not going to be coming home anytime soon, Pia does the only thing she can, she goes out to find him.

Thea Harrison’s created world is both unique and intriguing and while I don’t usually enjoyed continued stories of main characters (part of the reason I don’t love Urban Fantasy and because I want characters to have their happily-ever-after without continuing to struggle again and again) I have really enjoyed the continued saga of Dragos and Pia. Pia Saves the Day is definitely NOT a stand alone novel. While you don’t have to read the entire series (some of those are novellas but still it is quite a few books) you DO need to have read Dragon Bound and Dragos Takes a Holiday before reading Pia Saves the Day.  At roughly 100 pages Pia Saves the Day  a a fun quick read but like I said, read the other books first (and Peanut Goes to School is super cute). I like all of Harrison’s Elder Races series and recommend you enjoy the entire series.

Elder Races Reading Order:

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Title: Pia Saves the Day

Author: Thea Harrison

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 101

AISN: B00L6Z2VPU

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Release Date: July 21, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

Oscar Banks lives in the extremely popular city of Candor that his father founded in the book “Candor” by Pam Bachorz. In Candor all of the kids are perfect and never make mistakes, relationships miraculously become better and best of all, no one ever wants to leave. Oscar is the star student. He gets straight A’s, volunteers frequently for every club, and all of the other kids want to be just like him. However, it is as if Oscar is under cover. He knows how to fight the subliminal messages that are fed to all of the citizens of Candor and he helps those teens that have enough money escape to the real world. When Nia moves into town, it turns his world upside down. Nia is a teenage artist with some obedience issues and Oscar likes her just the way she is. He secretly feeds her his own messages to keep her from learning the truth and wanting to leave. They fall in love. When Nia learns about the secrets he was keeping from her, everything begins to fall apart. Will their relationship be able to weather this storm or will they be lost forever?

Candor

Copyright Pam Bachorz

While I was reading Candor I thought it was pretty good with an interesting premise, however, it had several inconsistencies within the story. There were two that really bothered me. First, it said that the parents were told about the Messages before they move in and that’s how the kids stop misbehaving and their marriage problems might go away. So, they know that their children are being brainwashed and they know that they will be brainwashed as well. This bothers me most because I don’t know of any parents, no matter how rotten their kids are, that would be willing to have their own children brainwashed, let alone do it to themselves. It is unbelievable and that is the biggest issue I have with it. That being said, there was one other inconsistency that really irked me. The Messages were given subliminally through music. Yet some of the Messages talked about how art was evil and it shouldn’t be encouraged, etc. Hmmm… last I knew, music was a form of art. This one definitely bothered me the most because it was so glaringly obvious and pushed by the author throughout the entire book!

I liked the main character, Oscar, a lot. I thought that he was interesting and can’t forget how difficult it would have been to hide the truth from his own dad. He did love his dad even for all of his father’s faults. It would have been extremely lonely in a town when only he knew the truth. He would have made friends with those that he helped to escape but then would have no other contact with them. Even though I liked Oscar, I can’t help but wonder if the reason he fell in love with Nia is just because she was so different from everyone else in that entire town. Also, why doesn’t he just tell her the truth in the beginning? It would have made everything a lot simpler and it would have been easier to get her to act how he needed her to. Other than those things, I liked Oscar. He was a well rounded character and it was sweet how he cared for the people in the town even though they were brainwashed. Overall, I enjoyed the story line and thought there were several good things brought up in this book.

You can read an excerpt here.

Rating: Star 3copy

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Title: Candor

Author: Pam Bachorz

Format: ebook

Page Nos.: 257

AISN: B002QX439S

Publisher: Egmont USA

Release Date: September 29, 2009

Reviewer: Jillian

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