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    I have found a new "must read" author...

    “You want to believe that there's one relationship in life that's beyond betrayal. A relationship that's beyond that kind of hurt. And there isn't.” - Caleb Carr It was just supposed to be a bit of fun. Living in northern Sweden doesn’t exactly offer a plethora of entertainment options, so the idea of the GothFaire coming to town is exciting. And yes, exciting it was – especially when the guy Aoife meets at the faire starts talking about some funky things – like dragons and demons and all sorts of other weirdness. And then, even weirder things started to happen . . . and suddenly, Aoife finds herself locked up in “The Arvidsjaur Center for the Bewildered: Translation, the looney bin. Locked up by the sister she believed loved her, “for her own good”, Aoife spent two years suffering through what amounted to torture – including electroshock therapy. Now out of the nuthatch, Aoife is back in her home on the northern Swedish coast, isolated and alone, learning to live without the constant noise of seventy other inmates. The thing is, Dr. Kara Barlind has decided that, in order for Aoife to gain total closure, she should visit the Gothfaire again. Oy. But, determined to be strong and in charge of her life, she visits the GothFaire again. Nothing there – but returning home? Well, let’s just say things get really exciting – and really, really bizarre. Like, “out of this world, OMG what I saw was real” sort of bizarre. Oh no, oh no, this can not be happening bizarre. Action, suspense, adventure, and a terrible betrayal keep Aoife and her new friends on the razor’s edge – and someone is liable to get cut. Let’s face it. When I was offered this book for review, I expected something, well, less. A romantic urban fantasy with maybe a couple of twists. Instead, I got much, much more. Aoife is an unusual character. She has been through Abaddon (well, Hell, but Abaddon is the real name, so there ya go) over the last couple of years. Greatly loved by her Irish mother and Senegalese father, she has lost her parents to a Senegalese terrorist, her sister to the cruelty of locking her up, and her brother is far away and out of touch after her being locked up. And now, her life blows up one again. Demons and dragons and things that go bump in the night are all around, and Aoife appears to be their target. There is a huge amount of fun in this story, which I completely enjoyed. Aoife has a sharp sense of humour, deep compassion, and equally deep strength. And a number of unusual made-up swear words that caused snorts and giggles. She is a bit obsessive, which got a little old a little quickly, but other than that, the book was a surprisingly strong new entry into Urban Fantasy – one that guarantees that I will be checking out other books by Katie MacAlister. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. If you like Urban Fantasy, dragons, and an interesting story, you should try this out. If you like my reviews, I would really appreciate it if you would click “This review was helpful” on Amazon! Getting my reviews moved up helps the authors I review receive more attention. Thanks! This title will be released on July 28, 2015.
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    Finally, Kostya's book! Welcome, Aoife!

    I really enjoyed this one! I love Katie's Dragon series, and I've been waaaiiting for Kostya's book. I always thought that his book would be fantastic, and this one was great. I got to see more about Kostya, and he had way more depth than I was expecting. He's always so full of bravado and stormy, and there was a good deal of that, but there were other aspects to his personality, too, that you don't get to see in the other books. Yay, for that! And yes, it does make him more attractive as a character. He's not just Drake's annoying, blustery brother who hates Baltic and has to deal with Cyrene. Now, Aoife. How do I begin? She's so fun! I really enjoy how you meet her. She's experiencing a really crazy scene, which you expect from a Katie paranormal book. What I didn't expect was the the result of it! And how it shaped her was really fun. Another thing I love about her is her alliteration in swearing. Consonance always makes me happy. Don't ask why because I honestly couldn't tell you, but Aoife apparently likes it, too. I can always count on fun word usage in Katie MacAlister's books. Aoife isn't a push-over, but she's also not pushy. She's balanced really well, and that's something I appreciate in a heroine. Third wonderful point for anyone who has read any of Katie's Dragon series: Jim! Jim is in this book, and it figures pretty prominently as a supporting character. I don't think you can have a dragon book without Jim showing up, but it doesn't usually show up in every scene. Jim adds so much humor, so I was happy to have the Newfie there. The plot line is basically Aoife and Kostya trying to break the curse on the weyr. Dragons of different septs can't communicate directly with one another and pretty much want to kill each other on sight. The red dragons are part demon now, and are pretty tough and evil. They want a ring that Aoife has, and they'll be pretty happy to kill her to get it, but they can't really. It's a quirk of the ring. They have to deal with Asmodeus and Abaddon, hide/fight the red dragons, deal with their pasts, and find the key players that will help them break the curse. Drake and Aisling are there, of course, and try to help as much as they can while dealing with the curse. Hijinks ensue. Why wouldn't they, right? There are some unexpected twists that I really appreciated and enjoyed. I can usually guess what's going to happen in books, and this one had some surprises for me. I really liked that. In all, it's a really great read. It doesn't take long to get through it, though really I always want to hide somewhere so I can read the whole thing uninterrupted when I have a Katie book. It never happens because life, but I always latch on to her books. You'll laugh. You'll smile. You'll want to rub Jim's belly. If you're a fan or if you're not, you'll probably like it. Give it a shot! Thanks for a really great escape, however temporarily, Katie! Waiting for whatever's next with anticipation!
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    Made the Grade: Dragon Falls Series, Book 1

    3.5 out of 5 stars, two years ago Aoife witnessed her date (the same one who had just "given" her a "magical ring") get slayed and than reincarnated ... which in turn sent her into an insane asylum. Now officially out as being "cured," she goes back to the fair where her life changed just too ultimately get thrown back into the "magical" world again. While knowing that she was never insane in the first place is great, dealing with talking demon dog, a brooding dragon shifter, and ending a dragon war might be more than she's able to handle... Though it wasn't quite what I expected, I found this standalone series romance novel to be one hilarious dramedy that seemed never-ending. Constant action from one moment to the next with only one slow moment at the beginning. It was a very enticing read. Ultimately, Jim made this novel. Yet Aoife's sass, pizzazz, unvulgar commentary, and how she charmed Kostya is what entertained me the most. Aoife and Kostya are one fated pair that seemed to be resistant of the match in the beginning. But it was because of their resistance that made you want to root for their relationship even more, especially since fate is never wrong. 😆 😂 I recommend this novel to those who are fans of Ms. MacAlister, fans of the Aisling Grey Series, and/or those looking for a unique paranormal shifter romance. Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews -- read more of this review and THREE TEASERS on my blog --
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    Another win for Katie Mac!

    I have to started by saying I absolutely love Katie! I've loved every single book, especially the dragon books. In this one, Kostya is back and looking to break a curse, but fate has different plans, in the form of Aoife (EE-fuh), who is the perfect stubborn match for this dark brooding male. Sparks fly and there are so many laugh out loud moments, you won't be disappointed. Throw in Jim, who is one of my all-time favorite characters of any book, and this one is another win for Katie Mac!
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    I laughed through the entire book! Great read!

    “Sweet sadistic salamanders!” I’ve seen this author’s books around for a while now but like many readers, I have a HUGE to be read (TBR) list and Katie’s books have been on there for a while now. I love paranormal romance and just about every kind of shifter (especially dragons) so I thought I’d take a chance on the Black Dragons series. The book started slow for me and since I’m so terribly fickle, I put it down a couple of times ready to be done with the book and move on. However, something was niggling me in the back of my brain to pick the book back up and forge on…and I am SO glad I did! I absolutely LOVED this book! The heroine—Aoife—was quirky, stubborn as hell and hilarious! I loved her internal as well as external dialogue. She quickly won me over with her delightfully obscure reasoning and her bizarre, sense of humor. I felt such a kinship with her character. Kostya is the most stubborn alpha male—dragon—and yet, was paired with Aoife beautifully. He is strong, brooding and insanely sexy, not to mention possessive and hell bent on NOT admitting that Aoife is his mate. The supporting cast was brilliant, especially the talking dog/demon, Jim. He was hilarious and had me cracking up as much as Aoife did! The dialogue was my favorite part of the story. Even when faced with grave danger, the comic relief stole the show every time! “I don’t know whether to be more disturbed by the fact that you think a dog can talk or that you can stand there, stark naked, without so much as a stapler as a weapon, and hold me prisoner.” Now that I’ve read DRAGON FALL, I need to find the rest of Ms. MacAlister’s dragon books and read the heck out of them! This book has it all! Action, adventure, danger, mystery, otherworldly creatures, steamy love scenes, stubborn alpha male dragons, sassy heroines and a delightful dog/demon that’ll have you in stiches! I highly recommend DRAGON FALL to all readers! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own*** *All quoted material was taken from an unedited copy of the book and may have been edited for the final manuscript*
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