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Stone of DestinyFrom Goodreads: Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn’t entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress’s plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison’s parents apart forever.

Despite Allison’s efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she’s ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix.

Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan’ s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?

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Imagine a person so incredibly selfish she’d ruin lives just to possess the man she “loves.” Welcome to the world of Aoife, a faerie intent on possessing Liam forever, slowly forcing Allison’s mother, Elizabeth, farther into her schizophrenia as she keeps Allison’s parents apart. And now, the risks are even greater as Aoife has escaped her binds, intent on finishing the O’Malley’s forever, and claiming Liam as hers, wiping his memories and releasing the bind he has with Allison’s mother.

There is always the question of who to trust in the world of the fae, and Allison has her work cut out for her as she attempts to figure out where Aoife is and who might be aiding her. With Ethan by her side, she has more to worry about than ever lest he be used against her–true for all those she loves in the series. I really enjoy both Allison and Ethan, and their budding romance is swoonworthy-cute. They are indeed my favorite characters in the series, and I hope to see much more of them as the series continues.

As with the fae, there are a lot of names that are hard to pronounce in this novel, but thankfully there is a guide for readers in the front of the book. I, personally, would have really enjoyed a description alongside the pronunciation guide in order to try and keep them all straight, because there are a ton of characters in this novel, and at times I got them confused with each other. The good news is, Howard is thinking of putting together just that on her blog, so make sure you stop over and see if its up before you go to read this awesome series!

Stone of Destiny is the second book in the Danaan series, and the books do need to be read in order as book two picks up soon after book one, The Forgotten Ones, ends. Luckily, both are short, fast-paced, awesome reads that you’ll really enjoy, so if you haven’t yet started the series, make sure you begin with The Forgotten Ones. Four stars.

4 stars

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12510817From Goodreads: Eve Adams is envious.

She has raised her family and watched her children become successful. She has also been a top drawer wife to George. But, in her heart of hearts, Eve always wanted something more than the life of a homemaker. She watched as other women found freedom and fought their way from the secretary pool to the board room and knew she had what it took to do the same. So many regrets, at least about that portion of her life.

In The Eden Effect, Eve gets a second chance.

Long ago, George Adams inscribed their names on an apple tree in the middle of an orchard where they met and worked. Now he wants to find out if its still there. After a typical evening out, they stop by the long-since abandoned Culver’s Apple Orchard and find the tree. To their surprise, it is still standing. While all of the other trees in the orchard are barren, George and Eve’s tree has a single apple growing from it. Eve can’t resist plucking it from the branch. Despite George’s warnings, she bites into the apple. It’s perfect in form and taste. Eve convinces George to eat.

And that’s all it takes to turn their world upside down.

Set it suburbia, The Eden Effect answers some of the questions we all ponder about the choices we’ve made in life. The grass is always greener, right? Eve Adams is about to find out…

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This is an interesting novella that stems from the famous Adam and Eve story from the Bible.  Readers will note that the synopsis above is a much shorter version of the events that happen within the first section of the novella, but once past this, with Eve and George eating from the tree, the novella begins to pick up and change.  Now physically younger and stronger, both Eve and George begin to live anew, but in so doing, their quiet lives are disrupted and irrevocably altered.  While it is always fun to play that “what-if” game, Eve gets her chance to actually live it, and in so doing, basically throws her marriage to the wind.  Truthfully, I think if we all got a do-over, many of us would change our ways and try different things, but both Eve’s and George’s resentment and inability to really change without separation irked me.  Yes, George is set in his ways and he is definitely not my favorite person in the world, a chauvinist for sure, but Eve lost all my sympathy as she charged on ahead, leaving her husband of 50+ years in the dust in order to “live again.”  Eve’s actions made me angry and I had no love for her, making it difficult for me to really enjoy the novella because liking my characters tends to go hand in hand with really enjoying a story.  It’s one that will make readers think, though.  I sit here judging Eve, and yet I can’t say I would act the same should I get a “do over” and my husband did not…

Overall, it’s an interesting story with some great food for thought, but it’s relatively short and the characters aren’t my favorite.  The writing is very well done, but the characters just didn’t impress me due to their excessively selfish nature.  But if you’re a person who really enjoys “what-if” stories, then I recommend this one to you because, like Lincoln said, it addresses the age old question ” we all ponder about the choices we’ve made in life. The grass is always greener, right?” Two stars.

2 stars

I received this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.



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