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All her world’s a stage.

Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.EyesLikeStars_Cover400

She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

That is, until now.

I first heard about EYES LIKE STARS a few months ago and I have to say, the name stuck with me. When I followed a link and read about it, I knew I had to read the book.

This is one of those novels where the premise is so unique, that it’s difficult to compare it with anything else.

EYES LIKE STARS is full of all the sparkly goodness you want in a novel, but it’s not just empty calories. This book has substance. Lisa Mantchev handles a large cast with panache. You don’t feel as though you’ve been buried by names. Each character is well-defined and like-able (or not) depending on his or her personality and as real as the world in which they live.

In fact, when you open the book, Lisa Mantchev takes you immediately into Théâtre Illuminata. You’ll find yourself in a world of fairies, where the character of every play ever written lives, and you’ll want to stay there.

The plot is refreshing, extremely well-written and the voice easy to read and engaging. Bertie is the kind of main character that you fall in love with. She’s sassy, fond of coffee, courageous, with a heart as big as her need to belong.

I haven’t mentioned Nate, the intrepid pirate, or Ariel, the mysterious and intriguing (and sexy) air spirit. Suffice it to say there is also a romantic element to the novel that is truly sigh worthy.

Every once in awhile, a writer hits it out of the proverbial ball park. That writer is Lisa Mantchev. I am looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.

For all of you who haven’t read it yet? What are you waiting for? It can be found at your local bookstore or here.

If you want to learn more about Lisa Mantchev, her website is here , here, or stick around, I’ll post an interview with her on Wednesday. Okay, okay, you can leave, but come back, okay? It’s my first interview and I’m nervous.

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I am discovering so many new writers on Twitter that my reading list is expanding at light speed… forgive me, I’m still on a Star Trek high. IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR is a paranormal romance and Patti O’Shea’s first book in the Light Warriors series.

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If you’ve read any of my reviews you know I’m a sucker for a kick-butt female main character. Ryne fits the bill. She is a Gineal, or a race of people who can do magic and live among us humans, and she does more rescuing than playing the damsel in distress. This is well Patti shows her talent. Her characters are so complex that not only do you identify with them, you’re rooting for them all along. Ryne’s male counter-part is a man named Deke and the chemistry between the two of them is done to perfection.  The action starts on page one and continues throughout. Her fight sequences are a thing to be enjoyed (or studied depending on your point of view) and the love scenes are spicy. (as in I wouldn’t let my thirteen year old read it, but I did pass it to my 21 year old)

Ryne has a problem, she’s been charged with defeating Anise, her former mentor. Anise has fallen prey to the call of dark magic and Ryne doesn’t know if she’s strong enough to face Anise without falling herself. Ryne finds an soul who Anise has imprisoned in a cartoon character and releases him. Once free, Deke has no memories of his life before he was entrapped but Anise wants him dead.

It’s hard to give this review without giving too much of the plot away so I will just say, IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR is a book worth reading and I’m looking forward to IN TWILIGHT’S SHADOW, the next book in the series.

You can find out more about Patti O’Shea and her books here.

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The Eye of Night The Eye of Night by Pauline Alama

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It has all the elements that you would look for in a good book. The characters are well thought out, plot solid and world building detailed. Maybe too detailed. Honestly? I skimmed and I hated to do it because I recognized the amount of research and work that went into this novel. I can understand why someone might love this book. The detail about the four gods is remarkable. But after awhile I just stopped caring about what happened. It’s almost as though the details overshadowed the storyline.

Another petty criticism: I love books with maps but on this one north was on the bottom. I kept turning the book upside-down and then back again to read it.

It wasn’t a waste of my time, but I wouldn’t read it again.

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